People sometimes have a laundry list of what they dislike the most about cleaning. They hate the mess, they think it’s gross, it stresses them out, the cleaning products smell (they must not be using ours).
One of the biggest complaints? It takes up too much time!
We all know how that feels, don’t we? You’re scrubbing the bathroom and you look out the window to see your kids playing catch and all you want to do is shout ‘I can’t clean any more!’ and run outside to play too.
There is a better way to get your time back without yelling at the Universe. By using the following tips, you can cut down the length of your routine and have more time to spend with your loved ones.
1 – Use a Multi-Purpose Cleaner – Using a multi-purpose cleaner, like our Eucalyptus-scented Real Simple Glass and Surface Cleaner, you can go from mirrors to countertops to the bathroom floor without ever needing to switch cleaners.
Cutting down on the number of products you use cuts down on the amount of time you spend cleaning.
2 – Double Duty in Half the Time – Have a messy area to scrub? For places like the bathtub, scrub in two places at once. Grab two sponges and clean twice the surface in half the time. It works for things such as wiping down the table, dusting and cleaning windows as well. Plus, you will look like a cleaning super hero. How cool is that?
3 – Do a Little Here and There – One of the simplest ways to avoid hours cleaning is to clean a little bit at a time. For example, when you get laundry out of the dryer, take five minutes to fold it and put everything away. Then you can avoid your weekly two hour trek through Mount Clothes Pile on the weekend. After you brush your teeth or wash your face, wipe out the sink and go over the faucet as well. It takes all of thirty seconds and keeps grime from growing. Show your kids when they’re young how to do a little here and there as well. They WILL thank you for it… one day.
4 – Put on Headphones – We’ve all heard: “Time flies when you are having fun,” “Whistle while you work,” or “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” Everything’s easier when you’re having fun, cleaning included. Yes, it is taking up some of your time, but if you’re shaking your booty while you clean then it just doesn’t seem so bad.
5 – Buy the Good Stuff – It can be tempting to just buy whatever’s least expensive at the grocery store. The problem with that is that not all cleaners are created equal. With the cheap stuff, you will have to clean longer, since it is working less effectively. Also, invest in things like a good broom. Have you ever used a really good broom? You’ll sweep less because you’ll get better results each time. Spend a little more now to save time and money later on.
6 – Buy a Tote – When cleaning professionals work in a home they carry their cleaning supplies in a handy, portable tote. It’s not just to get their tools in the door, it’s because having all your supplies in one spot means you never waste time looking for something you need, or going back to get something you forgot.
7 – Stay in One Place Until You’re Done – When it is time to clean, don’t clean all of the mirrors first then vacuum each room then make each bed.
Think of all the time you are spending going from room to room and then back again. It may be good exercise, but there are plenty of ways to get a workout.
Do each room at a time. Clean the bathroom, then clean the kitchen, then the bedrooms, and so on. Since you now have your handy dandy tote, you will always have what you need right by your side.
The era of cleaning all weekend is gone. Implement the seven tips in this article and cut your cleaning time right away so the only problem you have is figuring out what to do with all that extra free time.