You don’t have to cleaning for 18 hours straight in order to have a clean house. In fact, there are lots of subtle tricks and tips you can use in order to severely cut down the time you spend cleaning. Here are just a few clever ways to keep your house clean without spending so much time.
The best way to clean your house is by stopping it from getting messy in the first place. A great way to do this is to make sure that everything has a place to go. That way, things don’t get left out but everyone knows where to put them to avoid clutter and mess.
While you’re finding a place for everything to go, take them time to do some decluttering and purging. If you have clothes you haven’t worn in a while, decorations you’re bored with, or other items you don’t want around anymore, then donate, recycle, and get rid of them!
Set a timer while you clean. This will motivate you to use your time as best as possible (since you know it’s limited), plus it will make sure you don’t get too carried away with cleaning all day. Thirty minute increments are a good start, although you could do bigger or smaller. Choose a timeframe that works good for you.
Don’t just assume that you’re the only one that has to clean the house. Enlist your whole family to help get and keep things clean—that means your spouse and the kids. Give your children age appropriate chores that they can accomplish without supervision so you can do other things.
If you can prevent dirt and grime from entering your home in the first place, then you’ll have less to clean up later! Invest in new entry mats, or deep clean your old ones. This keeps dirt and mud from coming inside so you don’t have to clean it up!
Help make cleaning go by faster by multitasking! This means, when you’re on the phone or something, you can dust, tidy up the living room, make the bed, etc. This will help you best use your time while also making sure you don’t spend all day cleaning (unless you spend all day on the phone!).
Don’t’ worry about those water stains and spots on your glass shower door ever again. Instead, about twice a year (unless more is needed), apply a coat of Rain-x (or a similar product) to the door. This will make the water bead right off, preventing any stains from appearing.
Speaking about the shower, another way to prevent common bathroom messes is by using body wash or liquid shower gel. This means you won’t be using bars of soap, which means you won’t have any soap scum you need to clean up!
Whenever you’ve finished with something, make sure to put it right away. Don’t leave scissors, knives, craft supplies, or other similar objects just sitting on the table or counter. When you’re done using them, put them back so they don’t make clutter.
If you accidently spill something or make a mess, take care of it right then. Don’t let it sit and soak, making the mess even harder to clean later down the road. Take a few minutes right away will save you tons of time (and maybe even money) down the road.
Cleaning the fridge is often something that we skip over because we don’t spend much time looking at the inside of it. However, if you don’t periodically clean it, then the shelves can get nasty pretty fast. One quick tip is to cover the shelves in plastic wrap. That way, if something spills, you can just remove the plastic wrap and throw it away!
Lastly, make sure the dishwasher is emptied as soon as the dishes are clean. This means you won’t have an excuse to keep dirty dishes in the sink, piling up to make a mess. Instead, you’ll get into the habit of putting dishes into the dishwasher right when you’re done with them.
Please don’t use shower gel instead the plastic is bad for the environment even if you recycle! I now only use bar soap to do one small part to not add more plastic to the environment.
Shower gel is great
Sorry but do you know how much bacteria is left on a bar of soap? Gel is much safer
Shower gel doesn’t leave soap scum.
Then everything ever packaged in a container, recyclable or not would be off limits. The shower gel is a lot easier to deal with, the packaging is readily recyclable and the processes used to manufacture are not as harsh on the environment.
Mamta Saini says
I like ur tips
lisa K says
just “Recycle”!!!! We should already be doing that.
Plastic wrap in the fridge?!?! Seriously? ?? If you’re that lazy i feel sorry for you… what a dumb idea… if you don’t clean the fridge in the first place then what makes ya think they’ll clean the plastic wrap?????? smh
CB Vancwa says
I use shower gel. It is much healthier than a bacteria loaded bar of soap and the container IS RECYCLABLE .
Lorre Hopkins says
I buy Dr Bronners Castile Soap and then add a mix of essential oils such as lavender, tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, lemon or lemongrass oil, etc. I them add these to empty bottles for hand soap, shampoo, shower soap, dog shampoo, etc. This is the best and most invigorating liquid shower soap you can use, and is great for a bath soak too.
Interesting tips… House cleaning can be a bit of a hassle after a long day of work. I believe that if we clean little by little daily, the housekeeping chores aren’t as bad after all. But if the cleaning gets tough, there is always maid service to hire.
Even my grandson follows this simple rule i taught him, when you start to clean or when you enter a room you are going to clean (this is especially great for us ADD and OCD people) go from left to right and top to bottom. Some of us have issues with getting side tracked and i loved your tip for setting a timer. I wouldn’t do the saran wrap in frig either. I use one of those soap scrubbers that can be hung up after using it’s a good scrub and homemade soap bars work really well in it too.
I have never seen hair on shower gel.