House cleaning is a tedious process. Not everyone has the time to do it regularly. And when they do, they like to do it quickly and efficiently.
If you’re one of the increasing number of people who can barely find the time to clean their homes but don’t want to break the bank for cleaning services, you may want to try these tips to help get your house cleaned in as little time as possible.
Prepare a To-Do List
How many hours are you planning to clean? Are you doing a full house cleaning or a quick sweep? Once you have the answers, begin making your cleaning to-do list. Do this the day before your cleaning spree, so you have more time to prepare for all the chores you need to complete.
For maximum efficiency, set a time limit for every task. Use your phone or a timer to notify you when you need to move on.
Bring Your Tools with You
Avoid going back and forth your cleaning closet by preparing a caddy with your cleaning supplies. Fill your caddy with the necessary supplies, including a basic cleaning spray, a box of baking soda, a lint roller, a few microfiber cloth for cleaning, and a pair of rubber gloves. Remember to always have a trash bag with you.
With your to-do list, determine what other supplies you will need. Not all the tools you may need will fit in your caddy so be sure to prepare them beforehand.
Declutter as You Go
Almost half the cleaning is decluttering—picking up clothes on the floor, returning items to their proper places, clearing tables and chairs, etc. It can take up a huge chunk of your time.
You’re bound to move around your house as you clean. Found some trash in the hallways? Pick it up and throw it in the trash bag you have with you. To maximize the use of your time, declutter as you go.
Start with the Bathroom
The bathroom is one of the rooms that need to be cleaned regularly, but it’s also one of the most challenging rooms to clean. Many people tend to put off cleaning the bathroom, so it’s always best to go through it first.
To clean the bath, sink, and toilet thoroughly, you may have to let some products sit. While you wait for the products to do their job, you can tick off other tasks in your to-do list.
Clean from Top to Bottom
Save yourself the trouble of re-cleaning spots that you’ve already gone through; clean from top to bottom. Also, if you’re planning to replace your sheets and covers, change them after your clean. This way, you won’t get dust and dirt on your new sheets or on your naked mattress and pillows, which will be harder to clean.
Have an Organization System
Your cables, jewelries, umbrella, keys, and other belongings have to be stored somewhere. Prepare organizers, hooks, hangers, and bungee cords in convenient places and decide which object goes where. This way, when it’s time to clean, you minimize the time of looking for places to keep your stuff.
The hardest part of house cleaning is finding the time to it, but house cleaning doesn’t always have to be huge affair. It can be as simple as an hour of quick sweeping and decluttering or a few minutes of returning misplaced items. With the right preparation, you can increase your efficiency and lessen the time you waste, trying to figure out where to start and what to do next.