Is your schedule so packed and busy that you barely have any time to clean your house? Taking into account any overtime work and other personal responsibilities that are piled up onto you, there seems to be no time at all to keep your house in tip-top condition. And slowly, the mess and clutter in your home would be piling up and it becomes overwhelming. You might not even know where to even start to tackle it. Have no fear! Here are five time-saving housekeeping tips and tricks that you can definitely slot into your busy schedules and use it to keep your house clean!
The correct way to vacuum
Did you know that there are actually correct ways to vacuum in the most efficient way? A rule to keep in mind is that you should always vacuum the floors before mopping it, not after! And don’t start from the corners of your room. You should always vacuum from the entrance of the room to its corners and vacuum back out so that you would clean the high-traffic areas twice. Another vacuuming tip to keep in mind is the correct way to vacuum drapes. Don’t vacuum the drapes itself but instead, hit the drapes with a towel or a feather duster and watch as the dust from the drapes settle onto the floor. It is so much easier to vacuum the dust now once it’s on the floor!
Declutter the biggest messes in the house
You might be tempted to just wipe around the messy areas, especially if they are cluttered with large and bulky items. Or worse, you might just pick them up momentarily while you wipe the surface and immediately place them back down without waiting for it to dry. This will definitely leave ring marks on the surface and it can damage both your items and the furniture! You should always let any wet surfaces dry first before you place any items on top of it. The best solution for this dilemma is to remove these messy areas first! Declutter and organise them on the side while you clean the surfaces. This will help you in the long run.
Always have useful cleaning supplies on hand
Not all cleaning supplies are made equal. If you are serious about deep cleaning your house, you definitely need these three cleaning tools on hand.
First, the best cleaning rag you can ask for is microfiber cloth. Microfiber is, hands down, the best when it comes to scooping up the dust and dirt as compared to any other fabric such as polyester or terry cloth.
Second, always use a spray cleaner, whether it is a store-bought solution or a homemade lemon-vinegar mix, especially on stubborn surfaces. The right way to use a spray cleaner is to let the spray set and soak in before you clean it up! A good time-saving practice to follow is to clean other areas in the room while you wait for the spray to set!
Third, an unconventional cleaning tool you should have on hand is a toothbrush! Clothes and sponges are great, but it can’t clean narrow, hard-to-reach areas. A toothbrush is a great inexpensive tool to clean those small crevices.
Always remember to organise all of your cleaning supplies in a plastic bin or bucket so that you can easily grab it when you need it! An organised cleaning supplies lead to an organised home!
Deep Clean your bathrooms last
If you are spring cleaning your entire house, you might be tempted to clean the bathrooms first since they are probably the dirtiest part of the house. This is especially pertinent if you use the same cleaning rags for your bathroom and the other parts of the house. If you clean your bathrooms first, you might risk spreading bacteria to the other parts of your house. It is also good practice to clean your bathrooms last after everyone has had their nightly showers so that you can deep clean your showerhead and leave it overnight. A great way to remove the dirty residue off a showerhead is to tie a bag of vinegar around it and leave it overnight. Rinse the showerhead in the morning and the residue should come off easily!
Set aside 10 minutes every day to tidy up your bedroom
Make it a habit to make your bed as soon you get up and tidy up any small messes in your bedroom such as keeping any stray clothes that had been left out back into your closet or drawers. Having your bed made and tidy can instantly make your bedroom look much tidier since it is the center of the bedroom. By setting aside 10 minutes every day to clean your room consistently, it will become ingrained in your daily routine and it will make your weekly house cleaning so much more manageable. These small, simple tasks might seem insignificant in the whole cleaning process, but remember, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Every small step goes a long way!
With these 5 time-saving housekeeping tips, cleaning can be stress-free and manageable!
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