Take the dread out of housecleaning room by room. Mornings are good times to clean your house, particularly because there’s generally plenty of natural light streaming through windows, making it easier for you to see. You’ll also likely be more rested.
But, don’t try to clean your house alone. As a first tip, recruit each member of your family to help with weekly housecleaning activities. For example, you could assign your son to clean the bathroom and your daughter to clean the den. More time saving housecleaning tips include:
- Clean your house one room at a time, avoiding walking back and forth from room to room.
- Spray the oven and stove top with a cleaner first thing in the morning to loosen hard stains. Soap drip pans in liquid soap and water. Better yet, align the bottom of your oven with a nonstick oven liner, and wipe the liner down each week.
- Next, spray bathroom shower tiles with a bleach or a mixture of baking soda and water. Let the sprays work while you clean the rest of your house.
- Wash bed linen separate from clothes to give the linen a thorough clean, and to save time by eliminating the need for additional loads.
- Use a baking soda and water mixture to wipe the edges of you dish washer clean. This can prevent the build of hard stains, which saves time in the short and long run.
- Remove throw rugs from floors, then shake and hang them over an outdoor or basement clothes line. Depending on the types of throw rugs that you have, you may be able to clean them in the washing machine and lightly dry them. Leave rugs off floors until you finish cleaning the rest of your house to avoid having to clean rugs twice. This also clears your floors for easier sweeping, mopping and vacuuming.
- Wash your shower liner once a month, saving the time of having to scrub stains off the liner. An added plus is that this step could keep your shower linen mildew free.
- Clean dishes while you cook. This is a daily rather than a weekly habit. For example, wash pots and pans after you finish using them. Try it and see if it doesn’t save time. After you finish dining, you’ll only have plates and eating utensils to wash and rinse. Speaking of saving time cleaning dishes, let pots, pans and dishes dry naturally in drainers, as it saves times and utility costs.
- Sweep, vacuum and mop floors last, after you complete all other cleaning activities. Use vacuum cleaner extensions to clean corners before you vacuum the rest of the floor.
- Store shoes, boots, hats and other accessories in organizers. The more clear floors and furniture are, the less time it takes to clean them.
Be open to multi-tasking. For example, if the telephone rings, consider placing it on speaker, so you can clean while you chat. And teach each member of your family to clean up after her or himself daily. By performing small daily housecleaning steps, you can save time on weekly and monthly cleanings.