Cleaning isn’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea. However, not all of us are gifted to afford cleaners or have round-the-clock helpers that will come to our aid anytime we want. The good news is cleaning shouldn’t always be a grueling task that should take you hours to finish.
In fact, there are different ways to speed-clean your home. Whether you’re late for a meeting or someone is suddenly coming over, plenty of cleaning shortcuts have proven time and again that you don’t need two or three hours to get the job done.
So are you ready to learn our speed-cleaning secrets?
- It’s all in your mind
Sounds trivial, right? However, conditioning your mind greatly affects the way you’re going to function in the next few minutes. So if you really want to finish cleaning right away, tell yourself that this is something you can do.
Mind your self-talk. Tell yourself that cleaning is an easy task and it shouldn’t take you more than hour to do it. Plus, remind yourself that you are doing this for a reason, whether it’s to impress your mom who is coming over or so you can finally breathe better.
- Prepare your cleaning tools
Going back and forth looking for your cleaning tools is a major time waster. Before you start on anything, make sure all your cleaning materials are ready. From your mop and sweeper to your soap and sponge, ensure everything is laid out and ready to go.
- Have a system
Efficient cleaning is all about having a system. Many take a longer time getting it done because they go from one end to the next and back. Others succumb to distractions, which lead them to finishing after how many hours.
Always have a system every time you clean. Work from one end of the house towards the other. Have a large laundry basket ready to pick up the toys and clothes scattered all over the house. Utilize this basket to put back all those things that shouldn’t be in a certain area of the house. Leave your phone somewhere you won’t have to hear it or get distracted by it.
Whichever works for you best, a routine makes the entire cleaning process a lot more efficient. So be more organized the next time around. You’d be surprised how much time you get to save.
- Dress for success
Cleaning in your pajamas will only leave you feeling lazy. That’s why it’s best to change in your cleaning clothes so you’re more driven and comfortable moving around the house.
Little things like tying your hair up or wearing an apron will make a big difference. So the next time you’re bound to clean, don’t forget to dress for immediate success.
- Invest on storage
This simple technique can save you a tremendous amount of time the next time you need to clean. The fact is it takes a lot longer to organize a home filled with things that don’t have enough storage. Whether these are toys all over the floor or CD’s and tapes lying around, it eats up a lot of your time wiping and organizing them.
The trick is to invest on storage. Not only does it make things easier for you to put back. When you place things in tightly sealed containers, the less likely they’re going to accumulate dust. You won’t have to clean them up every single time. Plus, it’s so much faster tidying up the place when you have boxes, containers and the like to put all your designated items in.
- Wash and wipe first
Another common mistake many make is they like sweeping first. What happens is you’re going to double your effort cleaning because after wiping off the dust all over the house, you’ll need to sweep all over again.
Remember to wash and wipe first. Do the dishes, dust off the fans and clean the surfaces. Once you’re done, that’s the only time you sweep and mop the floor. This way, you don’t have to go back and forth, trying to keep one area clean after the other.
- Work from way from the bedroom
We highly recommend cleaning the bedroom first. Make the bed and do the necessary wiping, dusting and sweeping. Quickly vacuum the carpet once and don’t obsess about covering every cinch of it.
Once you’re done in the bedroom, you can make your way to the bathroom, kitchen and living room, respectively. Just like what you did in the bedroom before, wipe and dust everything first before vacuuming, sweeping and mopping. Don’t forget to have one final dust and wipe-through once everything is done.