Of all the things that I can be doing, cleaning is hardly my idea of fun. Though cleaning is necessary, it is not the most pleasant way to spend time. Therefore, I found some time-saving cleaning shortcuts that help get those dreaded chores done sooner so that I can get back to work and more enjoyable things like writing this blog.
Time-Saving Cleaning Shortcuts Start With Decluttering As the First Line of Attack
To speed this tedious process along, it helps to declutter the room that you plan to tackle first before actually cleaning it. Think of all the time that you waste picking up what the family left around such as toys, magazines, books, etc. What I do now is to make a walk through and pick up what is scattered around instead of spending extra time and energy doing that task the next day.
Plan Your Workload Like a General Helps Manage the Cleaning Battle
Unless you are super woman and never run out of steam, you don’t need to worry about how many rooms that you intend to clean that same day. However, I am not one of those women. Instead of zigzagging like a headless chicken, I plan out my cleaning schedule and prioritize what needs to be done for that day. For instance, I’ll designate a certain day like Monday for cleaning bedrooms, changing sheets and washing laundry. Breaking down the workload by day and rooms for bigger chores help make them easier while juggling work and other household tasks like spot cleaning, cooking, etc. without exhaustion setting in.
High traffic areas always get attention next whatever the day, regardless of the major room cleaning. I get out the vacuum cleaner and do a run through of the rooms, inspect the bathroom and sink, wiping quickly to give some sense of order before working on the kitchen before I dust. After all, toothpaste that didn’t manage to make it down the sink is easier to wipe when it is fresh compared to when it hardens.
Something else I like to do is spot-clean in between. You know how it is when you discover sticky fingerprints on the refrigerator. Why clean the entire refrigerator every single time when you can just as easily wipe it?
Time-Saving Cleaning Shortcuts Calls for Organizing Your Supplies
Another one of my favorite time-saving cleaning tricks is gathering all my basic cleaning supplies in a separate plastic container cleaning caddy with a handle or even a clean plastic bucket along with clean rags, etc. to keep handy together. I found organizing some of these cleaning basics saves extra time and steps hunting for them later.
I also have been known to wear a tool apron for toting around some of those cleaning supplies. You can stick a spray bottle with window cleaner, your clean cloths, a small whisk broom, screw driver, etc. when doing windows and cleaning drapes. The compartments are great for also placing curtain hooks as well.
Too further speed up my day, multitasking cleaning products save space and more time with all the extra mileage you can get. Think of all the surfaces that you can wipe down at the same time using a product such as multi-surface cleaner with your cloth in hand.
Sunny days always make me feel more energetic than cold, dark days. On those occasions, I often put on some music with a great beat when cleaning that puts me through a workout. Strangely enough, I get so wrapped up in the music as I work my rag or mop. This practice makes the task pass more quickly while helping me to get some exercise in.
Please share any of your special time-saving cleaning shortcuts with me.
Have to admit I like your “tool apron”! I know many times I set some thing down and then I have to go hunting for them. Cleaning to the oldies music has been something I have done for years. I just have a small apartment now so no real cleaning schedule. But I do have a firm rule that if I take something from it’s home I return it right away.
I like my tool apron because it saved me from running up and down stairs too many times.
I also do room by room besides days of the week.For me, usually the weekend is laundry day. Unless something comes up it remains the same. I agree with spot cleaning and not letting things set and potentially make it worse than it could be. I work top down if possible.
Thanks for the short cuts
These are great tips. I add a chore a day during the week to my normal routine that way my weekend is free for the most part.
Good tips! I prefer to do all my weekly cleaning in one day. I like knocking it out and not having to worry about it.
I clean room by room which seems to motivate me better. Also I try to tidy up daily.
Any little amount of time saved on cleaning is great . Getting rid of clutter is definitely a good first step . I really do need to organize my supplies though . I never realized until now how much time I spend looking for them .