Do you need to clean the house, but don’t feel like spending all day tidying up?
Are you so incredibly overwhelmed with the messiness of your house, that you don’t know where to start?
Or perhaps you just lack motivation to clean your home…again?
Well, today I want to share a little trick I’ve learned that has motivation, a starting point, and speed cleaning technique all wrapped in one. Here’s a little trick to clean your house faster.
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How to Clean the House Fast: Start with Easy!
1. Start in the cleanest room and repeat systematically.
If you entered my home through the front door, you would see the dining room on your left and the living room on your right. Except for the occasional toy or disheveled throw pillows, these rooms stay tidy most of the time.
When it’s time to clean the entire house, I always start in these two rooms.
A quick pick-up, dust, and vacuum is usually all it takes. In just three short minutes, I can have two spotless rooms in my house.
It’s a quick win!
2. Move to the next easiest area to clean.
Since the first two rooms I tackle are on the first floor, the next logical place to tidy up is the back entryway/hallway. Our drop zone is by the back door so there’s always something to be picked up and put in the proper place.
Next, I usually move to the downstairs half-bath.
And then, finally, the kitchen. Cleaning the kitchen is part of 10 Habits of a Clean home, so it is usually in decent shape.
However, there are certain times (actually, more often than not) when it gets out of control! That’s why when cleaning the kitchen, I apply the same “work systematically to get a quick win” concept.
If the dishwasher is full, I’ll empty the silverware basket first. Then one rack. Then the other rack. Next, I’ll load all dishes that are in the sink into the dishwasher. Finally, I’ll clean the counters, sweep, etc.
When the entire first floor is clean, it’s time to move upstairs. Since that’s where most of our “living” takes place, it’s usually the messiest. Even so, I’ll start with the cleanest room (usually the master bedroom) and work my way to the messiest room (always the bonus/school/toy/tv/misc. room!). Even when I stop before cleaning up the bonus room, the majority of the house is nice and tidy!
Enlist a cleaning buddy. I know it’s not always possible to tackle a project with someone else. But the old adage “many hands make light work” is certainly true.
When my husband is home and we tidy up the house together, we finish in one-third the time it takes when I clean alone. If my kids are home, they get an assignment too. This helps keep them busy AND helps enforce the concept of “don’t put it down, put it away.” (More details about that in the next blog post!)
Systematic cleaning helps you clean the house faster.
What I like about this systematic approach to cleaning the house is that it’s easy to see progress.You always know the next step. And each step makes it easier to move complete the next.
So that’s my latest cleaning tip to reduce your cleaning time. Give it a try!