I often find myself cleaning some area of the house (usually more than one) and honestly it gets tiring. It seems that we can spend our whole day cleaning the house over and over again but not making any progress. When an area is clean, so the next day it’s dirty again, talk about a headache! If you are struggling with the same dilemma, I can offer you tips on coping with the unreal reality of non-stop cleaning. Hopefully, these tips can help you become more organized in your own cleaning and make your job much easier and more efficient.
Tips on cleaning the house for a more efficient house cleaning
- Cleaning schedule
When I first started cleaning the house, I was not very organized. My cleaning was not consistent and I often found myself trying to clean the whole house in one day, which often left me worked out and tired. This experience has taught me to keep a schedule in cleaning. Spend special days for certain parts of the house and that certain cleaning activities you want to get done that day. Never overwork yourself and keep your cleaning schedule realistic. Try to focus on bathrooms on Monday, bedrooms on Tuesdays, living rooms on Wednesdays, and kitchens on Thursdays. Or something like that. Try and keep your Friday and Saturday open and save the laundry for Sunday. Tailor your schedule for you and your own household for the best results.
- Checklist house cleaning
Make a checklist of all the activities you intend to do on the days you will clean depending on your cleaning schedule. You will in principle “tick off” your goals when you finish a certain area or task. Setting goals helps you stay focused and get what you want done done without being distracted. This will also serve as a visual guide so you can see exactly how much you have done.
- Eliminate distractions
When it’s time to clean, it’s time to clean. Turn off mobile phones, disconnect home phones. Turn off computers, televisions, or anything else that may be interfering with your cleaning. The more distracted you become, the longer it takes to get the job done, cleaning is something that many would rather get done right away so make sure to remove all distractions.
- Go through all parts of the house
Before you begin your cleaning, go through all the areas of your household that need the most cleaning. Clean from the area of your house that needs the most attention and work your way up to those who need it the least. This will ensure long-term cleaning efficiency.
- Organize your cleaning products
To save time, you should make sure to have your cleaning products together. I try to keep all the cleaners I need for the day in a basket for easy accessibility.
- Ask for help
We usually do not ask for help with cleaning. But it never hurts to ask other members of the household for help with the cleaning. And you will be amazed at the answers you get if you ask for help when it comes to certain household chores.
- Listen to your favorite music
Music can help with everything and be a great source of inspiration when it comes to doing things we do not want to do. I can’t say how well this works, and how fast it makes time go by. If you have a CD player, an mp3 player, or a stereo to play your favorite songs, go for it! Dance while sweeping or vacuuming. Sing while scrubbing. Do not be afraid to let the inner child out and let all the pent-up energy and stress outward to your cleaning. If other members of the household look at you strangely, let them! They are not the ones who need to clean.
- Clean your surfaces
Effective cleaning can’t really begin until all areas have been picked clean of stuff. This is often a difficult task to perform. I recommend putting things back right after they have been used. If you use something, be sure to put it back when you are done with it. These simple steps can save you a lot of time by putting things back where they belong days, weeks or months later.
- Alternative cleaning methods
Many chemical cleaners purchased in stores can be dangerous to your health. There are many alternatives and natural cleaning supplies that you can find in your regular kitchen cabinets that will help you avoid toxic and dangerous products in your home. Try using alternative cleaners. More often than not, natural cleansers will do as good a job as regular commercial remedies.
- Cleaner floors
According to Modern Living 101, much of the dirt that accumulates in our homes is on our floor. If you have a rug, then chances are it is full of dirt that comes off the soles of our shoes. To avoid this problem and to cut down on the need for vacuuming, consider placing a “no shoes” on the carpet rule. This also applies to harder surfaces such as laminate, wooden floors and tiles. We can help keep our floors protected from dirt, scratches and stains if you just remember to take off your shoes before walking on sensitive floor surfaces.
This list of housekeeping tips should make your cleaning more efficient. It will help you get a more organized cleaning by simply keeping these tips in mind, it will make your job much easier, cut down on stress from constant cleaning requirements.