Cleaning your space can often be a stressful and tedious task (Who really loves cleaning? We sure don’t!). But tidying up really doesn’t have to translate to hours of scrubbing and excessive amounts of elbow grease.
People waste many minutes, and hours in some cases, when they clean due to their own disorganization. The key thing that’s often missing is a clear plan of attack. Instead of dreading (and procrastinating on) your next cleaning session, you can conquer that mess in record time with these easy cleaning hacks.
Tip 1: Centralize your supplies
Borrow this streamlined approach from professional cleaners. Instead of reaching for a smattering of bottles and sponges scattered all over the house, carry all the supplies you’ll need in a bucket or a mobile plastic tray (often found at your local dollar store). Include your glass/multi-purpose cleaner, a degreaser, your tile and bathroom cleaner, brushes, sponges, cleaning cloths and paper towels (for messes you need to throw away).
Tip 2: Get into a groove
Now it’s time to turn on some upbeat tunes. If it’s a playlist you can work out to, it’s something that’ll pump you up for cleaning. Aim to curate a playlist (or tap into a pre-existing one via an app like Songza) that keeps you energized and focused as you tidy your space. And cranking some of your favorite beats can keep cleaning from feeling like such a chore.
Tip 3: Declutter prior to a deep-cleaning session
Before you begin the actual cleaning process, take a few minutes to clear away the clutter.
That means if there’s loose trash all over the living room, grab a bag and pick it up before you begin to dust—then wipe or sweep up anything else. If there are clothes all over your bedroom, gather them up and sort them into the appropriate hampers. If you have more dirty clothes than your poor hamper will allow, just pile them up in one area of the room and get them washed as soon as possible.
Tip 4: Focus on one area at a time
Only circle each room once. When professional cleaners tidy up a client’s home, they don’t jump from one area of the room to another. If you’re organizing a dresser drawer, wipe down the mirror with your glass cleaner and a cloth. Next, organize any items on top of your dresser, like your makeup or perfume, for example. Then sort and fold the clothes and items in your drawers before moving to any other area in the bedroom.
Tip 5: Leave the floors for last
Clean up every area of the house except for the floors. Save the mopping, sweeping and vacuuming for last. It’s generally a good rule of thumb to clean a home from top to bottom (starting high and finishing low). Then you won’t have to drag out the vacuum again and again. First dust, clean and reorganize, and allow any debris to fall to the floor. Then remove the last of the dirt from the ground at the end of your cleaning session. This way, you also avoid tracking dirt around previously cleaned floors.
Tip 6: Add more storage to your home
The old adage, “a place for everything, and everything in its place,” really rings true when it comes to mess prevention. One of the main reasons homes can get messy is certain items don’t have a place to call home.
Pick up a few storage baskets on your next shopping trip (again, the dollar store is a great place for these) and use them to store extra magazines, organize hair products and toiletries, or sort your jewelry—these can help you neatly tuck away almost any item. If your kitchen turns into a disaster zone rather quickly, consider adding a spice rack, or install pull-out racks to keep your pots and pans organized.
Now that you’ve got the lowdown on quick ways to tidy your home, it’ll be easier to turn your messy place into an immaculate space.
Do you have some other foolproof cleaning tips that help you efficiently tidy your space? Share your thoughts in the comments below.