One of the most trying and tedious aspects of our lives that we all must inevitably face on a daily basis is that of cleaning. While it is most certainly a daunting task, there are always ways to make it a little bit easier on ourselves, while ensuring that there are no cut corners and our homes look squeaky clean.
Today, we bring you a few tips on how to make things significantly easier on ourselves.
1. Get Organized
This is easily the most trying part of cleaning. However, the more organized you are, the better you can actually stay on top of keeping your home clean.
Go through each room of your house and work through everything. Get rid of old magazines, newspapers, paid bills, etc. Keep in mind that your home always has more space than you think it does. Keep bills in a binder, get a small basket to store your keys and outgoing mail, get some wall hooks to make an area for your family’s backpacks and coats.
There are so many highly useful ways to better manage the flow of your home in terms of organization, and once you are organized, you will be able to see more clearly what needs to be kept clean and dusted every few days and what only needs occasional attention.
- Go Room to Room
A common mistake that many people make is getting overwhelmed and overlooking the task that they initially started. Make yourself a room to room checklist in order of the rooms that you use the most and get one room successfully cleaned at a time instead of trying to tackle them all at once.
Perhaps you have heard the decades old saying, Top to Bottom, Left to Right. This is a fantastic way to be sure that you are not overlooking any area of the room that you are cleaning. Not to mention the fact that you won’t have to go over another area.
For instance, if you do your floors first, and then wipe down your counters, you are inevitably going to have to re-do your floors.
- Set Reasonable Goals
Don’t get discouraged if you don’t tackle your entire home in one day. Start small and set a reasonable goal for yourself.
Make a list of “Today I will get to: …”
If you get to the bathroom, kitchen and your kids rooms, great! You can clear the other rooms the following day! Nobody’s perfect, do what you can and be proud of what you accomplished!
- Spring Clean
To follow-up on setting reasonable goals, one great way to stay on top of all of your housecleaning is to Spring Clean once a month. A good spring cleaning is taking one day a month to not just clean your house, but to do all of the daunting, more trying tasks that you may not be able to tackle with your general clean. Some of these include, but are certainly not limited to: cleaning the air vents, dusting ceiling fans, window washing, cleaning the fridge, etc.
Talk to your family and introduce the once-a-month campaign as a family activity. Get everyone to pull their weight, but do it in a one-more-fun-thing-to-do way.
- Get Help
It really is okay to admit that you need help. Getting some, either a person that’s paid to do it or asking a friend or family member, are all great ways to get on top of your housecleaning without becoming a victim of the nobody’s-helping way of thinking.
Just ask and you might just be surprised.
- Set yourself up for success by choosing the right tools
So much of the frustration of cleaning comes from simply not having the right tools to do the job â€“ especially a vacuum cleaner.
Adjust the choice of a vacuum cleaner to your budget.
Think about it â€“ how great would it be unleash a robot vacuum to do most of the dirty work while you’re watching re-runs of Friends and then just doing the finishing touches with your high-end steamer of floor cleaner.
If you can afford it, that’s great.
But if you can’t, get yourself a reasonably-priced vacuum that’s versatile and works well both for both hard floors and carpets.
- Cheer yourself up
Have you ever bought some new workout clothes so that you feel inspired to workout more?
This is a great tip for when it comes down to housecleaning as well. When you have all of the right tools at your disposal, that you actually enjoy using and get the job done with ease, then you are certainly going to feel significantly more inspired to do the job.
You deserve it.
- Know your stuff
Did you ever find yourself stuck trying to clean that one stubborn stain on your bathtub or floor, getting irritated and giving up?
Most of us have.
Instead of tackling the common issues just by applying more power, be smart about it. Think about what areas of your home give you the most grief and take some time to do some reading and do thing the easiest ways possible.
- for wine stains, use a mix of warm water, white vinegar and dishwashing liquid
- for hard floor stains, use a cotton cloth with a dash of hydrogen peroxide
- for acrylic bathtubs, use bleach based cleaners and plastic wraps
It’s the 21st century and the internet is a great source of tips like these.
- Stay organized with printable lists
printable’s and checklist are overlooked.
One great tip is to make a weekly cleaning sheet. For instance, Monday: Kitchen and Bathrooms. Tuesday: Kid’s Rooms and Living Room… When you can break down your cleaning to daily, organized tasks, you will find that your home stays cleaner, longer and it is far easier to stay on top of everything.
This should probably have been the first tip – house cleaning doesn’t have to be hard. We really do put that on ourselves.
Throw on some of your favorite tunes, have a glass of wine and make some time for yourself!
Not only will the time pass faster, but you’ll feel better as well.