No one wakes up and says “Boy I can’t wait to clean my house!”- well at least no one I know. Cleaning the house doesn’t have to be a massive event though, especially if you do some tricks to help save you time and energy. I am a big fan of breaking down big cleaning jobs into smaller ones- like cleaning one room per day for example. Also, by making some little changes every day, you can manage the house cleaning a little easier. These 9 cleaning tricks everyone should try will help to keep the mess down in the first place- or help you to get it cleaned up in a easier way.
These cleaning tricks are all tiny changes that you can make to your routine and will help you keep your house clean and orderly—with minimal time and effort.
Make your bed everyday
I think a room just looks neater once your bed is made. Even the cleanest room will look messy if the bed isn’t made so every morning, take a few moments to make the beds in your house, it will give everything the appearance of being neater, more organized, and will just make you happier.
Deep clean your bathroom each week…
The bathroom gets really (REALLY) used in this house, and I am sure yours too, so make a resolution to deep clean it each week, so that you can stay on top of the mess. Steady maintenance of this room will make it easier to clean, as well as cut down on any bacteria, mildew and soap-scum that could potentially build up. To clean it quickly, start with cleaning the sink, then scrub the tub and tile walls, clean the toilet, then give the floor a quick wipe-down (especially around the toilet!), and finally, clean the mirrors and then you are done!
…but also wipe the counters down every day
Even if you are deep cleaning once a week, remember to take a few moments each day to wipe down the counters at the end of the day- especially the kids bathroom after they brush their teeth! I like to keep some non-toxic wipes under each bathroom counter so I can quick wipe down each one without having to go and get my cleaning basket.
Clear out the fridge before you take out the trash
When it’s time to take the trash out, be sure to open your fridge and see if there are any old leftovers or expired produce that needs to be tossed. Doing this will help to be sure your fridge doesn’t start to smell and also will cut down on food waste since you will be checking out your produce drawer more often so you will have a better grasp on what you have on hand- and what needs to be used right away.
Soak pans BEFORE you sit down to eat
Once you are done cooking and dishing out supper, be sure to fill up your pots and pans with hot soap water before you sit down to eat. This way, these hard to scrub dishes will be easier to clean up and you can spend less time cleaning and get to relaxing sooner.
Use multi-liners in your trash cans
Filling your trash cans with multiple trash bags will just save you a few seconds, but those seconds can add up! Do this in every bathroom, office, bedroom trash and the kitchen and this will save you from having to go and search for trash bags every time one is full!
Invest in cleaning tools and cleaners you actually like
Next time you are shopping, spend a few dollars on cleaning supplies and cleaners you really like- pick colors you like and scents that you enjoy so that you are more likely to use them. Weed though your stash and get rid of any products that have harsh scents and smells or ones that give you a headache and instead replace them with ones that smell nice and are pleasant to use!
Clean as you go
If you are baking or cooking, don’t wait until the very end to be on dish duty- this way you’ll only have a few pots and pans and the dishes you ate on to clean up after you’re done eating!
Be a Multitasker
Keep your house more clean by trying to do two (or more!) things at once. Have a phone call to make? Do it while you are folding laundry. Kids need to take a bath? Use that time to wipe down the counters and give the toilet a quick scrub. Waiting for the kids to get off of the bus? Use that time to pick a few weeds from your flower bed. By using those few extra minutes you have, you will be more likely to keep on top of your cleaning tasks each day.
Just by making some simple changes each day, you can have a cleaner and more organized house. Sure, it probably won’t look like the maid just left (what maid??!) but it will look a little neater, cleaner and safe for habitability.