We have all been in a situation where the desire to spring clean our house from top to bottom, is squashed by the seeming enormity of the task.
Cleaning can often seem like an overwhelming ordeal, especially when there’s a lot to get done. But that’s not how it should be at all. Cleaning out your house can be an extremely rewarding and positive chore. When you’re done, you feel accomplished and proud. With your living environment looking better, your mood improves as well.
The main way that you can make cleaning seem more like activity and less of an ordeal is by employing a few tips, that make you work smarter and not harder.
Here are five unique house cleaning tips that you can use, whether you’re doing your daily cleaning or deep cleaning for a special occasion.
- Put away the clutter first – A major part of house cleaning is usually not the dusting or the scrubbing, but rather the putting away of clutter. Whether you live alone or with your family, clutter is anywhere and everywhere and it can become quite a hindrance. If you choose to either dust first or scrub first, you’ll end up wasting a lot of time switching between the task at hand and cleaning up your things. By choosing to put all stray items away first, you’ll make your consecutive tasks much easier.
- Switch to “task” cleaning instead of “room” cleaning – Most of us clean from room to room, choosing to complete all the tasks of a single “zone” first, before moving on to the next. However, this method is actually quite inefficient. Constantly switching from one task to another can not only waste a lot of time but also make you more tired. Instead, pick up one task and finish it off first. For instance, if you’ve decided to dust, finish dusting the entire house before moving on. This way your efficiency remains constant and as you move from room to room, you work faster.
- Keep all your tools handy – Organisation is an essential part of any task and it applies to the process of house cleaning as well. A key way through which you can increase your efficiency and speed while cleaning is by keeping all your tools next to you. Grab a bucket or a tub, and place all the brushes, cleaning agents, wipes, etc that you may need inside it. Now you won’t have to run around and squander precious time and energy, trying to collect items. You’ll have everything you need right next to you, which will make the entire cleaning process a lot easier.
- Use the gadgets at your disposal – Cleaning with your own hands can be a satisfying experience, but not an efficient one. Instead of using elbow grease, try to repurpose your home gadgets and integrate them into your cleaning process. For instance, by attaching a brush head to a drill, you can get rid of tough stains on tubs and sinks within minutes. Similarly, place toys, housewares, and similar knick-knacks in your dishwasher. They’ll come out sparkling clean, without any effort on your part. Trust me, the dishwasher isn’t just for dishes, despite what the name says.
- Clean frequently – In my opinion, the best tip that you can employ is to clean as regularly as possible. Try to create a cleaning schedule for yourself and partake in some light but thorough cleaning every day. This will help you enormously in the long run as it will prevent dirt and clutter from accumulating. While occasional deep clean sounds are easier, in reality, not only is it harder to complete but letting dirt accumulate over long periods of time can be harmful to your health as well.
- Get help and make it a group activity – On the days when you decide to deep clean your home, make sure that you call some friends or family over. Now, you may be thinking “What’s the need? I can do it myself.” But the fact of the matter is that you can’t. There will be a lot of things to do and you’ll end up getting overwhelmed. By delegating tasks, you’ll make the whole process a lot easier. You’ll also be able to get additional tasks done, all in half the time you would take if you were to do it yourself.