1. Start with decluttering
Even though this might seem like the most obvious thing to do, sometimes because we want to get things done faster, we just skip the decluttering part and this makes the cleaning process much more difficult than we may realize.
So, the best thing to do is to start decluttering. Start by going into one room at a time and start putting away everything that does not belong in a certain place. Put away your books, toys, and electronic devices until you are left with a tidy room that you can start cleaning.
2. Use a trash bag
A trash bag during the decluttering process is your best friend. Always carry one with you when you are tidying your house to throw away any items that might be garbage and also empty all the bins around the house.
This will help you save time from going around the house later and picking up every bin to throw in the trash. In addition, try to get rid of items that you haven’t used in the past 10-12 months. This will help you keep your home clutter-free without everything piling up over the years.
3. Bring a cleaning carrier with you
Before you start cleaning, you first need to choose the cleaning products that work best for you. There is no need for expensive or overcomplicated equipment. Keep in mind that you need a disinfectant for hygiene purposes, bleach, and limescale cleaner for the bathroom, glass cleaner, cleaning cloths, and a brush cleaner. Put all your cleaning items in a basket and carry it around with you in every room to start your cleaning process.
4. Dust first, vacuum last.
Sometimes, because we feel that vacuuming can be a lot a fuss, we vacuum and mop the whole house first to get the hard part of the cleaning done and we leave the “easier” jobs such as dusting, cleaning surfaces, appliances, and etc for last. If you are doing this and you notice that your floor or rugs are always dirty, there’s a reason why.
When you dust and clean all the surfaces, all the dirt, crumbs, and garbage falls on the floor,so if you vacuum first, you clean the floor from all the previous dirt and add new dirt right away. Thus, you end up leaving your floor dirty. So, it’s important to clean your whole house first and let the floors be that last thing to clean.
5. Use a pattern
Even though this might not seem like the most logical thing to do, it will work wonders once you get the hang of it! Instead of cleaning surfaces that look dirty, in your mind, consider them ALL dirty regardless of how clean they look.
Remember, we can’t see bacteria and they can be in places that seem the cleanest. Start by going into every single room in your house and start cleaning from the left side of the room to the right (in a pattern.) This way you will clean your whole house thoroughly without missing any spots.
6. Do not scrub, just spray.
You can save yourself plenty of time when you use a spray as surface cleaner instead of scrubbing the area. Just walk into a room and start spraying all the surfaces that you can from the left side to the right side. Then, go to the next room and repeat the same thing without wiping anything away.
Once you have finished with all the rooms and the product was left long enough on the surfaceto absorb everything that shouldn’t be there into a puddle, go to the first room you sprayed and start wiping away. This will save you so much time while leaving all your surfaces clean and shiny without the fuss of scrubbing.
7. Don’t forget the baseboards.
The baseboards collect a lot of dust really fast and it is one of the things that we tend to miss while cleaning our house, not because we don’t notice them, but because sometimes they are not important enough for us. If your house is clean and your baseboards aren’t clean, then your house looks dirty. Imagine going into a restaurant or a coffee shop and even though it looks clean, the baseboards are covered in dust. This will make you think that the whole place isn’t clean.
So, while you are wiping the surfaces around the house, take a damp cloth and wipe the baseboards from the left side of every room to the right. It will only take you one minute (at the most) for every room but it will make a huge difference in your house.
8. Vacuum upholstery
Upholstered furniture should be vacuumed every week for hygiene purposes instead of just doing the “roller-treatment” occasionally. Couches and mattresses can have more than 10,000 dust mites living on the surface. These dust mites feed off dead skin cells that are left on the area and they are constantly multiplying.
Even though you might not be allergic to dust or mites, they can trigger allergies in the future.So it is important to vacuum your furniture once a week to keep dust mites and bacteria away.
9. Use dish soap as glass cleaner
Instead of getting a glass cleaner, use dish soap instead. Dish soap can leave sticky surfaces crystal clear and it gets rid of scale build-up on bathroom windows and mirrors better than glass cleaners. Dish soap was invented to clean food off of plates, glasses, cutlery, etc, and to leave them extremely shiny and looking brand new.
This is because it has detergent molecules that, when dissolved with water, create a form of a supermolecule that makes any dirt, oil, and residue on glass surface becoming absorbed by the watery liquid resulting in sparkling glasses, windows, and dishes.
10. Clean appliances right away
It is important to clean your appliances right after you use them, not 2 hours after and certainly not before using them to prevent any chemicals from entering your food. Appliances such as toasters, stoves/ovens, and microwaves that work with heat and food spillage can stain very easily and once the stains become too cold, it will be a nightmare to clean.
Once a food spillage in the oven or microwave gets reheated, it will be impossible to remove it without damaging the metal of the oven or microwave.
Bonus — A helpful schedule
We added a schedule that you can use in order to keep your house clean if you just keep up with these chores on a regular basis.
- Make the bed.
- Clean kitchen surfaces.
- Clean bathroom surfaces.
- Do the dishes.
- Clean your workstation.
- Sanitize surfaces.
- Do laundry if necessary.
- Vacuum and sweep the house.
- Mop the floor.
- Vacuum upholstery.
- Vacuum the mattress.
- Change the bedding.
- Clean the bathroom tiles/shower walls.
- Clean all of the windows and bathroom mirrors.
- Clean kitchen appliances.
- Change the bedding.
- Wash the bedding.
- Wash blankets and pillows.
- Clean the baseboards.
- Wash the bathroom and kitchen towels.
- Dust and clean the light fixtures.
- Wash the duvet.
- Clean the dishwasher.
- Clean the vacuum cleaner.
- Throw out expired food.
- Clean the inside of the fridge.
- Descale the kettle and coffee machine.
- Clean the trash cans.
- Wipe down and inside the cupboards.
- Clean inside and outside the drawers.
- Wash furniture — chairs, tables, bed frame, etc…