I don’t like cleaning house really, I mean who does? It’s something we all have to do, however and in my case, I say the quicker the better. In order to make the housekeeping chores a little easier, I have found 18 fast and easy cleaning house tips, which will show you ways to save time cleaning house.
These cleaning house tips will not only be ways to save time, they will be ways to help you keep organized and improve your overall home organization. Some of the 18 cleaning house tips, you can use as projects for fun house keeping, like the laundry ladder rack, or house cleaning tips to live by with the 19minute daily house cleaning routine. Which ever way suites you best, is the best way to clean house. We are all different. The only thing that’s really the same for all of us is the fact that we all have to clean house. Well most of us anyway.
1. Little Lucy Lu Ladder Laundry Rack
The easy way to hang cloths that can’t go into the dryer. This ladder was painted and hung for that purpose. Although there is a little work in getting the ladder ready and into place, it looks so effective and convenient that i’m sure it’s worth the time and effort.
2. Dog & Cat Hair Cleanup Tips
- Wrap clear packing tape (or wide masking tape, duct tape) loosely around and across your hand (sticky side out) then wipe/pat down furniture and areas where pets tend to hang out. Works well on clothes too. It aint pretty but it works.
3. Switch to micro fibre for an easy way for cleaning house
This is the advice from Reader’s Digest Version. Along with the rags they mention not over using extension leads, air drying the bathroom, changing air filters and keeping those fingers and hands clean when using the fridge door and remember to clean the fridge door often any way.
If you like your surfaces sparkling clean, say goodbye to your rags and sponges and stock up on microfiber cloths instead. Made of minuscule synthetic fibers, microfiber cloths absorb up to eight times their weight in water, and they’re also excellent at soaking up—rather than spreading around—oil and grease. Sturdy but soft, microfiber won’t scratch surfaces or paint. Less attractive to bacteria than cotton or sponges, microfiber cloths are more sanitary and even the mop heads are machine washable.
4. How to fold a fitted sheet
Instructions courtesy of the beds.com will have you folding just like their pro’s.
5.Apartment therapy advises don’t do it all at once
No one said you had to do everything at once and even when time seems short, if you can manage one task a day, things should start to work themselves out. Adjust this list as your family’s needs require (those with more or less children might require doing certain activities more or less). If it’s easier, take a blank calendar and fill it in accordingly so easier tasks are on days where your day is go, go, go and reserve the more difficult ones for days when things are a little lighter.
6. Create a daily house cleaning routine and use the cleaning house tips daily
And I agree with them. To design your own daily house cleaning routine and make it into a habit is the absolute best way to handle the must do’s around your home. Have a look at some of my related posts for some idea’s in organizing your home by having a morning routine habit. Remember your home didn’t become unorganized in a day so by using small consistent steps starting with a morning and then an evening routine that has daily housekeeping chores weaved into the routines and making them habits will see you well on your way to the home that functions just like in your dreams.
7. Use a timer says Reader Digest
Decide how long you’re going to spend cleaning before you start. Next, divide your time into chunks – 15 minutes to vacuum and perhaps the same again at the sink, and so on. Now that you have a timed target, you’ll find you work that bit harder. Also, if you absolutely hate a job – cleaning the bathroom, for example – knowing you’re going to spend just 10 minutes in there may make you feel less bothered about tackling it.
8.Use coke to clean the toilet
Out of Soft Scrub or other toilet-scaling potions? wikiHow recommends pouring a can of Coke into the bowl, letting it sit in the bowl for an hour or more, and then scrubbing the bowl clean. It doesn’t save you the manual effort, but your bowl will eerily get clean—and your soda habit may possibly diminish. The cola color should flush away, but if you’ve got soda water on hand, that might do the trick just as well.
9.Store your out of season clothing in space bags
Maximise space in your wardrobe by shrinking down winter woollies, flannelette bedding, and doonas with Space Bags. Place them out of the way in archive zones – either at the top or bottom of your shelving units. This is particularly a good idea if you don’t have the closet space to handle your whole years clothing and bedding. By keeping your things in the space bags, your also cutting down on your cleaning time. Make sure to launder the things before storing them away. Keep organised by rotating the clothes and bedding each season.
10.Need some motivaiton to keep on cleaning
Try a new cleaning product says Sahra Aguirre from About.com. Trying a new product or cleaning gadget can be a lot of fun. Instead of looking at a chore as work, it can seem like an opportunity to discover a new tool that lightens your load. The next time you’ve got a job you are procrastinating, search for a new product that might help you get it done. Also keep an eye out for new products on the market that will help you to save time cleaning.
Are you feeling tired yet? I am. Believe me, writing about cleaning is still easier than actually cleaning.
11. Cleaning your Kitchen Sink
Stainless steel sinks should always be thoroughly rinsed after every use, not only to keep them clean, but also, to prevent potential pitting. Acids and salts have the potential to damage the finish of a stainless steel sink, so it is important to avoid leaving foods that contain these in the sink.
Mild soap and a nylon sponge can be used for daily cleaning of a stainless steel sink. Also, an all purpose cleaner or a glass cleaner can be used to clean the sink as well. Always rinse the sink clean after using a cleaner or soap and then dry it with a soft cloth.
12.Cleaning the bathroom in two minute intervals while in there
Bathroom, 2 minutes daily
Make cleaning the basin as routine as washing your hands. But don’t stop there. Get the most out of your pre-moistened wipe by using it to clean around the edges of the tub and then the toilet before tossing it.
• Wipe out the sink (30 seconds). Wipe the toilet seat and rim (15 seconds).
• Swoosh the toilet bowl with a brush (15 seconds).
• Wipe the mirror and faucet (15 seconds).
• Squeegee the shower door (30 seconds).
• Spray the entire shower and the curtain liner with shower mist after every use (15 seconds).
This tip for cleaning house comes from lifehack.org
13. Cleaning the family room and foyer in 6minutes a day
Cleaning the Family room, living room, foyer, 6 minutes daily
Start with the sofa — as long as it’s in disarray, your living room will never look tidy. Once you’ve fluffed the pillows and folded the throws, you’re halfway home. If you pop in a CD while you dust, you should be able cover the whole room by the end of the third track.
• Pick up crumbs and dust bunnies with a handheld vacuum (one minute).
• Fluff the cushions and fold throws after use (two minutes).
• Wipe tabletops and spot-clean cabinets when you see fingerprints (one minute).
• Straighten coffee-table books and magazines, throw out newspapers, put away CDs and videos (two minutes.)
14. Cleaning the bedroom
Bedroom, 6 ½ minutes daily
Make your bed right before or after your morning shower. A neat bed will inspire you to deal with other messes immediately. Although smoothing sheets and plumping pillows might not seen like a high priority as you’re rushing to work, the payoff comes at the end of the day, when you slip back under the unruffled covers.
• Make your bed (two minutes).
• Fold or hang clothing and put away accessories (four minutes).
• Tidy up the night-table surface (30 seconds).
15. Cleaning the kitchen in 5 minutes a day
Always wash up dishes after each and every meal. Keep counters, refrigerator doors, and the stovetop clean and print free also.
• Wipe down the sink after doing the dishes or loading the dishwasher (30 seconds).
• Wipe down the stove top (one minute).
• Wipe down the counters (one minute).
• Sweep, Swiffer, or vacuum the floor (two minutes).
16. Keep pet area’s clean and tidy daily
If you have pets, ensure there area is clean and free of pet odors. Keep cat litter clean and pet beds free of debris and odor. Pet owners need to have disinfectant wipes and odor neutralizing sprays on hand at all times. Check area before leaving in the morning, and sweep area of pet fur daily. Says Fresh home.com
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17. Use an Alarm Clock Every Morning and Go to Bed Same time Every Night
If getting up in the mornings is a problem for you, and truthfully, with the late nights that I spend, tapping away at my keyboard, mornings are often a BIG problem for me. The solution is going to bed, at the same time every night. Work out the amount of sleep you need to feel refreshed when you wake up, and try getting to bed by your set bed time. Does anyone wake up feeling refreshed in the mornings? If it wasn’t for my tummy rumbling and the thought of waffles and maypl syrup, I don’t think I’d ever get up. I know my 70 year old mum has no problem getting up in the mornings. 5.30am everyday both my parents are up feeding their horses and the way they are able to get up feeling great every morning, is going to bed at a reasonable hour at night. I am trying to follow their lead.
18. Update your Wardrobe with some dividers for better storeage
- Storeage back of wardrobe door
Another wonderful idea from the people from fresh home.com. With a few pieces of thin wood and a handy man anything is possible. Keep organized in your bedroom with an organized wardrobe and life becomes alot easier.
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