Have you ever wondered how a cleaning service can make an entire house spotless in a couple of hours but it takes you an entire Saturday to do the same? I know they don’t have those “helpful” little ones following following them around! But, there are a few tricks of the trade that I’ve learned recently and I want to share them with you.
1. Schedule, schedule, schedule.
When a professional cleans a house, they have a set amount of time to get the work done. They schedule appointments, commit to a time frame, and finish on time.
Create a cleaning schedule to help you stay on track. You could use a two hour time block like the professionals use, or you could work on one small task every day. Either way, scheduling time to clean will help you move faster!
2. Dress appropriately.
Wear clothing that you specifically set aside for cleaning (you know, something other than pajamas). That way a stain or two won’t matter. Also wear shoes, gloves, and even eye protection if needed.
3. Find motivation.
Getting motivated to clean can be a lot like getting motivated to work out. Music helps! Listen to something upbeat and fun…it just may be the motivation you need.
4. Stay Focused.
Pros don’t stop to watch TV or check email (or twitter, or facebook, or skype, or….you get the idea) so if we want to clean like the pros it’s probably best that we remove our distractions as well.
5. Cleaning tools and products.
Buy good tools and products and use them!
6. Tote your tools.
Keep everything with you so you aren’t running across the house and in and out of rooms wasting precious cleaning time.
7. Clean top to bottom and side to side.
In order to make the best use of our time, we should clean top to bottom and side to side. Clean everything in one spot and keep moving. Professionals don’t move back and forth across one room or multiple rooms. They clean everything in their path and work their way out the door.
8. Use both hands.
Two hands are better than one right? You can spray with one hand and wipe with the other. Use a wet rag with one hand and dry with the other. Pick up stray toys with one hand while holding a box with the other. If you have two hands, move quicker by putting them both to work!
9. Pick up before you clean.
Picking up is not really the same as cleaning. You don’t want to move a stack of papers, clean that area, and move the stack back. You do want to have all of your piles put away so you can clean without anything obstructing your path.
10. Team Work!
Make cleaning a family affair! It will take less time if additional people are involved. The more, the merrier!
Do you implement any of these tips when you clean? Are there other tips that weren’t listed?