I know, it’s a cheesy title but I am “Happily Mrs.” and those that know me, know that I like to clean. For many, I know it is not something that you may enjoy at all and that’s okay. Today, I want to share my top five tips that may be able to get you on your way if this is an area you really would like to “clean up”.
Funny that my number one tip has nothing to do with cleaning, but I feel it is the most important before starting the cleaning process.
- Tidy (or straighten up) before cleaning. Don’t confuse “tidying up” with cleaning. They really aren’t the same thing. I found personally that cleaning is actually enjoyable if we aren’t trying to dust around old newspapers lying around (or tablets and chargers tangled up), blankets crumpled on a couch or last nights snack remnants reminding me that I really should not have eaten that before bed.
- Assign one cleaning task a day. I know that sometimes we just don’t have time in our busy lives for a designated “cleaning day” or that something of importance comes up on that cleaning day. Or, we are just overwhelmed with the idea of cleaning. I have certain days assigned for dusting, vacuuming, bathrooms, floors, mirrors and glass, etc. Honestly, it only takes 10 to 20 minutes a day. I only do them monday through friday. I am just too busy on the weekends. Another thing I do, if I will be gone most of the day or out-of-town, I will double up and do two tasks the day before, than I don’t feel behind or overwhelmed when I am back home.
- Clean by task, not by room. Cleaning is so much quicker and easier when you pick up your dust cloth (and polish, if you choose) and start at one end of the house and only dust. This is so much easier than toting a pail of products and tools around the house and cleaning everything room by room. Same on the days I vacuum, it seems so much easier and quicker to do the whole house at once. I always make the last room the one where I store the cleaning item or tool. It really does save time, I find.
- Don’t overload on cleaning products. You do not need as many as you think. I used to buy every product and tool under the sun thinking I could clean better with designated products for designated areas. These days with multi-purpose sprays and micro fiber cloths, it really is that simple. You may be surprised at the small amount of products I use for a person who enjoys cleaning.
- Clean-up and put things away right after you use something. For example, it really only takes 15 to 30 seconds to hang up the towel and wipe the bathroom mirror and sink after you are done getting ready in the morning. Wash the dishes or put them in the dishwasher right after eating. If you are consistent with doing these things, your home will always look clean. Remember the words of Lucy Ricardo – “A place for everything and everything in its place.”
I realize I could go into so much detail about cleaning, routines and organizing. I am by no means perfect at it I just love the outcome. There are times my house is a bit messy and that’s okay, I just don’t let it pile up.
If we start small and dig deep to find the discipline to keep doing these formerly dreaded tasks, they will become a habit. Set a timer for 10 minutes and see how much you can get done. It may surprise you just as it surprised me. I have actually found I have more time to do and enjoy hobbies I had forgotten about.
One last thing that could help, if you have children, make cleaning time fun. Set a timer, hand them a cloth and let them follow you around the house dusting. Or set the timer for a tidy-up time, they pick up their toys while you tidy up your things. They love doing this, it makes them feel grown up and a help to mom or dad! Not only is it a huge help to you, it sets a good example and forms a good habit.
Do you have a cleaning tip or hack that works for you? I would love to hear about it. Am I the only one who really does enjoy cleaning? Is that weird?