We all have a place we live – and that ALWAYS needs cleaning. Today I wanted to look at the best way to clean so that you can get things done more quickly, while enjoying it as much as possible and being happy that it’s all been done well.
These tips will really help you maintain a clean home week in, week out.
Let’s get going then!
Obviously it takes time to clean a room really well, and as always I would suggest making this fit with how you want to do things. Whether you prefer a blitz session or a bit every day, you can still use these tips to great effect.
GET INTO THE RIGHT MINDSET & GET ENERGISED
First things first.
If you’re not in the right mindset for cleaning you will no doubt take longer to do it, feel terrible in the process, and procrastinate before you get started. Who wants that?!
It’s time to get your head into the game!
Cleaning can be seen as a very dull way to spend your time, so getting motivated and creating a buzz around the jobs will end up helping you to get things done a lot more quickly.
- Understand what you’ll be doing during your clean. Will you be tackling one room, an area in a room, or a whole house? If you know what your goal is, then you will be more focused and won’t feel as overwhelmed.
- Set a time limit for the task – this also helps focus as you will have a finish line to aim for.
- Make it a habit – get used to the fact that you have to get things done, but how good it feels to have finished when it’s over. Making cleaning just part of your daily routine will make it a no-brainer and you’ll just get it done rather than fight yourself each and every time.
It’s also no good if you are feeling low and have no energy. Getting into the right mindset with the tricks I’ve just talked about will have helped already, but you may still be feeling like you can’t do it right now because you’re still too tired/lethargic (I’m talking general energy slump and not medical of course – if you have medical issues then listen to your body and do what you can).
The higher your energy levels, the more you will whizz around the room and get it done so much faster – a huge bonus!
The best trick I know for helping this is to put your favourite music on loud and have a dance around! (you can even make cleaning a workout which works well!).
GET EVERYTHING READY
Having your cleaning stuff ready to use will be a time saver, and help you not take all day doing each task (who wants to to and fro from room to room finding what you need?).
I like using a cleaning caddy as this houses all my usual items ready to pick up and go to whichever room I am focusing on next, but some items you may want to have at hand are as follows: –
- Bin bag for any rubbish
- Duster (cloth and long handled for ceilings and hard to reach places)
- Damp cloth
- Window cleaner and wipe
- Hoover with attachments
- Mop and bucket (steam mops work really well)
Bathrooms and kitchens will have their specialised cleaning products in that room already, no doubt, so you will have these to hand immediately – this list is more for the general room cleaning around the house.
LET THE FRESH AIR IN
Whatever time of year it is, it’s worth opening the windows and allowing fresh air into the room while you are cleaning it.
This will make everywhere feel fresher, and give it a new lease of life! It’s also a great way to circulate the air and allow any damp air out of the house rather than creating condensation and mould in the space, so it’s a great habit to get into each and every day.
LET THERE BE LIGHT!
Spring cleaning came about because that’s when the days started to get brighter and show how dirty a house had got over the darker winter months.
Whatever time of year it is, you want to be able to see exactly what you are cleaning – so that you can clean it properly.
As such – if it’s night time then turn on all the lights, and if it’s daytime then pull back the window treatments to allow as much natural light in as possible.
TAKE AWAY THE SOFT FURNISHINGS
Once you can see what you are doing and are energised, then it’s worth taking away the items that need to be washed / cleaned / refreshed – so that they aren’t in the way when you start the cleaning.
For example, in a bedroom it’s worth taking sheets of the bed and letting that air, in living spaces take any rugs outside and shake them, take cushions outside to air a little, and generally ensure there are no dirty fabrics/soft furnishings anywhere.
DECLUTTER THE SURFACES
You really don’t want to have to spend time cleaning things that don’t belong in the room you are going to clean.
What a waste of time!
It’s also a real pain to have to keep moving things out of the way so you can polish/hoover properly.
As such, do a declutter of the space before you start cleaning, and get rid of anything that doesn’t belong there. (It may need to be moved to another room, or it may be actual rubbish/recycling).
For example: –
- Dirty washing waiting to go to the laundry basket
- Kids toys lying around
- Anything on any surface that doesn’t belong there (books / magazines / letters / pens etc…)
- Contents of the rubbish bin in the room
The important thing to note here is to just take them out of the room for now – DON’T TAKE THEM TO WHERE THEY BELONG.
You may well get sidetracked if you go off to another room, and that’s when cleaning starts to take over the entire day.
Stay focused, you will have time to deal with this stuff at the end…
You now have a room that is ready to clean – without lots of bits and bobs in the way. Perfect!
Let’s get going and get that room clean in no time…