Busy families find it hard to get the time required to clean up the house. Perhaps they’ll leave unwashed dishes in the sink for a day or two, maybe the shower glass gets a little grimy, or perhaps the stains on the carpet will soak in for a little longer than they should. Whatever your family situation, it’s completely understandable if you feel you don’t have enough time to actually take care of your house.
However, it’s still no excuse to leave your house looking like a mess! So to give you a hand, here are a couple of ways to help you get the most out of your cleaning time.
Firstly, make sure you stay organised. Getting things done is difficult if you aren’t focusing on the task at hand, so make sure you get some sticky notes and keep them on your fridge to stay organised. If you want a little more warning, consider setting up alarms on your phone or keeping a notebook handy of all the tasks that you need to accomplish during the day. As long as you stay organised, you’ll be able to clean up quickly and painlessly without feeling like you’ll need to waste most of your day on it.
Don’t clean what isn’t dirty
If you see stains and dirt, then clean them up. If you don’t see noticeable stains on your bathtub or your shower window, then don’t clean it! Many people assume that you need to scrub down and disinfect everything in your home several times a week to stay clean. Unless you really hate the idea of germs, this isn’t needed and it’s actually better for your immune system if you’re exposed to some bacteria now and then. If you want things to stay cleaner for longer, then consider using products like Nanokote to create protective barriers around surfaces, or dust filters on devices like computers to trap the dust and make it easier to clean.
Declutter the home
It takes a while to declutter but letting go of things will help you keep your home cleaner for longer. With less furniture and items on the shelf, you have less to dust, less to clean, and more room to breathe. Stop hoarding items and learn to let go. This is probably the most time-consuming idea on this list, but it’s also one of the most effective if you want to be efficient while cleaning your home.
Don’t hide the cleaning supplies
If you’ve ever wondered where to keep cleaning supplies, then there’s a simple answer: near the source of stains. If you have something to clean the bathtub, then keep it near the bath. If you have a hand vacuum, keep it in the kitchen so suck up bits of crumbs and spills. If you have a surface cleanser, then keep it in the kitchen for easy access. The less time you spend gathering your supplies, the more time you have to clean and the less time you waste.