It doesn’t really matter if you live in a big or small house because cleaning, somehow, takes away most of your day. In order to minimize time spent to clean and increase the effect of this cleaning, the key is to have a system and move quickly.
Depending on the size of your home, you should pick a starting point. For instance, start with upstairs and work your way down. Don’t spend too much time in one room. You’ll be done before you know it.
Bedrooms /approx time, 10 minutes per bedroom/
- Clean sweep
Start with stripping dirty linens and tossing them in the hamper. All unnecessary items should be stashed away. Clean your dresser and nightstand of items clogging them. Empty the wastebasket.
- Make the bed
Think hotel efficiency – lift corners (each corner separately) of the mattress with one hand, and tuck sheets with the other instead of trying to tuck sheets under the end of mattress.
There’s no permanent way to deal with dust. Yet, there is a fast way to remove it, at least for a bit. The key is to start with corners – start with one piece of furniture in one corner and then go around the room. Don’t skip surfaces but dust each one. Lift knickknacks as you go, dumping the dust right onto the floor. To save time, avoid constant back-and-forth and limit the cleaning to your cloth touching each part of the surface only once. Laps on nightstands should be cleaned top-to-bottom first. Then, dust the tabletop. Use your long-armed duster on wall art and mirrors.
When vacuuming, we want to do a thorough job so we tend to go over carpets two, even three times. This is pretty time-consuming and unnecessary. Stick to cleaning carpets only once and start from a back corner only to vacuum your way out the door. Use long strokes. Hell won’t freeze over if you miss an inch or two.
- Steam cleaners
Steam cleaners are the best way to clean your space from bacteria and give it freshness. When using them, use the same type of strokes like with a vacuum, as they work similarly. Even better, steam cleaners don’t need as much energy as vacuums – it’s enough you go over furniture once and you’ve got yourself a space clean of bacteria!
Bathrooms /approx time, 9 minutes per bathroom/
With bathrooms, it’s all about how you start. Do your prep work properly – spritz the shower and tub, the sink and vanity with the bathroom cleaning spray and let it sit. Don’t waste time in the meantime but move to other parts of the bathroom.
Baking soda is the best cleaning option in the world! Sprinkle it into the bowl and then give the bowl a thorough scrub. After you’ve cleaned it with a toilet brush, flush. Then, spray a microfiber cloth you use for cleaning the bathroom with all-purpose spray and go over the outside the toilet and tank. You don’t have to wait for it to sit, but wipe it down right away.
Easy! Spray on glass cleaner. In a circular motion, wipe the mirror starting in the top corner.
Go back to the sink
Take an old toothbrush to remove all hard-to-reach spots around the fixtures. Remove by scrubbing. Working back-to-front, start with one corner and move horizontally – wipe the counter, vanity, handles and fixtures.
The shower and tub
You don’t have to waste time on a full scrub – give them a quick swipe, rinse with water and then pull the curtain shut.
Mop the floor
Use a water-dampened microfiber mop to clean the floor. Again, start with the bathroom corner and clean your way out of the bathroom, ending at the doorway.
Kitchen /approx time, 12 minutes/
Do the dishes
Put dishes in the dishwasher and start the cycle.
Remove all clutter from counter tops – put to trash all empty, unusable items. Put other items back in the cabinets and drawers. Your kitchen will look cleaner without all that clutter.
There’s surely going to be grease and some hard-to-remove gunk on the surface of the stove. Use grease cleaner on the surface and let it sit for a bit. It will eat away all stubborn stains. Then, use a sponge to remove the chemical and clean the surface.
Clean the counters
Use a wet microfiber cloth and all-purpose spray to wipe counter tops. Make back-to-front and brush crumbs onto the floor. Same goes for wiping down appliances.
Clean the floor
Again, use a vacuum cleaner and start with the furthest corner. Clean your way out of the room. Then, wipe the floor away with a water-dampened microfiber mop.