Housework: not my favorite job. Of course, I LOVE how the house looks when it’s all clean, and don’t have any problems with the day to day tidying, but it’s the deeper cleaning that gets to me. This deeper cleaning takes more time, more energy and is much harder. With three kids, you can bet I need to do a LOT of cleaning to keep the house in decent shape. Over the years I have developed a few tips and tricks for making this job of housework a little easier- and faster too! I’ve been using these 5 ways to save time cleaning everyday so then I can spend more time doing what I love- and that is, anything but cleaning.
Use time saving products
Technology is always a good thing and in the world of cleaning and housework, this is no exception. In order to save time on my day to day cleaning jobs, I like to purchase and use products that will do multiple jobs or save me time when I use them. Two products I can’t get enough of are my Swiffer Sweep and Vac and Wet Jet.
My kids are literally walking crumb makers and I have to sweep up every time they eat a snack or meal. To make this daunting job a little easier (and so much faster!) I love to use my Swiffer Sweep and Vac instead of a broom and dust pan. This baby is rechargeable & cordless so I can use it on any hard surface floor of my house and it combines a powerful vacuum with a sweeping cloth that digs deep to pick up big and small messes, even from textured grout lines and crevices. After the floor is clean and dirt free, I can follow up with my Wet Jet and get all of the dirt, grime and mystery sticky junk off of the floor easy peasy. The Wet Jet is simple to use and the pads work AMAZINGLY at cleaning up the dirt the first time, with zero clean up after- thus saving me time! By using products like these and not having to fill up a bucket of water and lug it around from floor to floor, I save oodles of time.
Use the most effective brands
Everyone likes to save money when they can, but when you are shopping for certain items, often the cheap will come out expensive- or more time consuming. I love shopping for off brands for some items, but sometimes the brand name is just the way to go. This is the way it is with my Swiffer pads that I use for my Sweep and Vac, Wet Jet and dusters. They just work so much better, absorb more and make my clean up even faster.
I wanted to have a little “store brand vs. Swiffer brand” challenge so you could see WHY the brand name is so much more effective. Starting with the Sweeper pads. The store brand is on the left and Swiffer brand is on the right- notice anything in particular? Yes, the Swiffer brand is thicker and fluffier so it has more channels to pick up and trap dust and dirt and hold on it too!
You can see how the Swiffer brand on top has deep ridges to hold on to the dirt, so less is left on the floor and more ends up in the trash where it belongs- in fact, the Swiffer brand locks 4x more dust, dirt and pet hair on it compared to the store brand- which means more dirt gets picked up the first time, which translates into less clothes being used and less time to clean up.
Just to give you more proof, I swept my floor with the store brand (on the left) and then a few days later swept again with the Swiffer brand (on the right). Ummm…yea. Gross huh?! This is what three kids and a doggy will do to your floors. Clearly the Swiffer brand picked up more dirt than the store brand. If I used the store brand, I’d be leaving all that dirt and grime behind. YUCK!
Now to mop! Again, the store brand is on the left and Swiffer brand on the right. The pictures look similar, but let me tell you how rough and scratchy the store brand was. I instantly knew it wouldn’t absorb as much as the Swiffer brand would. The Swiffer brand mopping pads- but I had to test it to be sure!
Yuck again! There’s no pretending that kids+dogs+muddy grass outside equals plenty of dirt on the floors- and we even always take our shoes off inside. The store brand on the left cleaned up some of the dirt, but it was harder to scrub. The Swiffer brand on the right picked up more, faster and absorbed twice as well due to it’s absorbent core. It holds onto the mess easier without filling up and just pushing the puddle around.
Saving money is great- but not at the expense of your time and patience. For just a few cents more, buying the Swiffer brand pads will save you time because it will do the job the right way the first time and actually will save you money in the long run because you will have to use more pads to do the same job!
Complete certain jobs every day
There are certain jobs I do every single day to keep the house mostly nest and tidy. These 7 jobs don’t take too much time and they allow me to have that “clean house” feel no matter what. From making the beds, to cleaning off the counters, they are simple but have a huge impact. To see my whole list, check out this post here!
Deep clean one or two rooms each day
On top of the everyday tasks, I like to save time by deep cleaning only one or two rooms each day instead of spending the whole day cleaning the house. Take the time to make a list of all of the rooms you need to clean and divide them up for the week. What rooms can you combine that take less time, like the bedrooms? What rooms take longer and need more attention, like the bathrooms or kitchen?
This is my house cleaning schedule, and I mostly stick to it! I made it in PicMonkey, and have it printed and hanging on the side of the fridge. Seeing it helps to keep me organized and on task and by only cleaning a little each day, I am not spending hours on it and thus have more time for other things!
Keep yourself organized
As with anything in life, being organized is key! By keeping your cleaning supplies and products neat and tidy, you will be able to find what you are looking for faster. I have my cleaning products spread out around the house in areas that i am in most often. I have a basket under my kitchen sink with the cleaners I use for that room, then in the laundry room, I keep the rest of my supplies for the bathrooms and bedrooms. I do all keep a small basket on the first floor bathroom so I don’t have to run all the way upstairs to get the glass or toilet cleaner. I also keep a bottle of disinfecting wipes in each bathroom, so I can quick wipe the counters down when it’s needed- and in the kid’s bathroom, it’s ALWAYS needed!