Is your house messy and you're hosting impromptu
guests? Where I come from we believe that your house
says something about you. Obviously, an untidy house
doesn't portray the right picture. Do you need to
clean your home fast before guests arrive? Here are
eleven quick easy home cleaning tips.
1. Learn to multitask
This is the secret to getting many things done on a
short notice. Are there simple cleaning tasks that
you can combine? Start by loading dirty dishes into
the dishwasher for example. While it's doing its
thing, water any indoor plants you may be having.
PRO TIP: I've put mine on a drip and every day's its
watered on autopilot. Neat trick, eh? You could try
this too. Get a rag and dust all surfaces. Throw all
dirty laundry into the washing machine while you
pick up misplaced toys and fluff up cushions.
2. Start cleaning from the top and work your way
It doesn't matter what you're cleaning. Do you know
why contractors paint houses from the top down? So
that paint drops don't fall on neat surfaces. Where
am I going with this? When you clean higher surfaces
first, dust, dirt and physical debris fall on the
lower surfaces and the cycle continues. Start by
cleaning the ceiling, dust the fans then wipe off
dirt from the floor. Cleaning a messy home is ten
times easier when you work from the top down.
3. Start by making the bed
Obviously, you're looking for quick easy successes.
Start by making your bed. Bonus points if you can do
this as soon as you wake up. Instead of tucking in
bottom sheets first, the upper ones; hold them by
the corner and tuck them in simultaneously. Gather
all clutter. If you're running short on time,
through all clutter into a spare laundry basket and
hide it in the closest. Out of sight out of mind,
right? Just make sure you put them back in the right
places as soon as your guests leave. Get a dusting
spray and microfiber cloth. Dust all bedroom
furniture. Again, work top-down.
4. Clean all bathrooms at once
Take the least amount of time possible applying
cleaning detergents to tub surfaces and toilet
bowls. Let the cleaning agents eat up the dirt while
you focus on cleaning mirrors. Sprinkle baking
powder unto stubborn stains and they'll come off
easily. Go back to the bowls and tubs and scrub
them. Thanks to evolving cleaning technology, we now
have superior cleaning agents that fight off
stubborn stains without discoloring surfaces. Finish
off by cleaning the floor. This is why I love tiles
– they're classy yet easy to clean.
5. Use hot soapy water when cleaning dishes
Start by filling your sink with hot water. Add your
favorite (liquid) detergent. Lather up the water.
Once there's sufficient foam. Throw in all the dirty
dishes. Let them soak for at least twenty minutes
before loading them up into the dishwasher. If
you're using a stove with a removable top burner,
soak it too.
Clear all counters as you empty the wastebasket. PRO
TIP: Arrange a few old newspapers at the bottom of
the bin and they will absorb all rotting food
"juices". Can home cleaning get any easier than
this? Use a warm soapy rag when wiping kitchen
appliances. There is even a life hack on how you'll
prevent fingerprints from forming on stainless steel
utensils but that's a story for another day. Let us
focus on the subject matter at hand - easy home
6. Keep all your cleaning equipment in one place
Need I say more? Keep things organized and you'll
never waste time looking for your favorite cleaning
tools. Get a spare basket and put all cleaning
detergents there. You will be carrying this basket
as you move from room to room
7. Get an extension cord for your vacuum cleaner
Invest in getting a longer power cord and you'll be
able to cover more ground. Who wouldn't want to
clean the whole house without plugging and
unplugging the vacuum cleaner as they move to
different rooms? When cleaning carpets, start from
one corner and work your way backward. If there's
one thing I learned from the old man before he left
us – it must be that you should minimize overlapping
when vacuuming the carpet.
Never sweep hard floors. Vacuum them instead. Pet
hairs accumulate on those hard to reach corners and
this is the most efficient way of cleaning them –
besides it's a pain in the neck sweeping them
8. Crank up your favorite tunes
Make the most out of your stereo. Sometimes you need
external motivation and upbeat music does just that.
Take it up a notch higher and listen to an audiobook
instead. You will have killed three birds with one
stone – minimizing distractions, staying motivated
and meeting your monthly reading goal.
9. Get the right tools
There's no shortcut to this. Professional cleaners
know that all in one tools never exist and that
they're just marketing gimmicks. In fact, buy
high-quality tools and you'll never have to replace
them. My grandmother's vacuum cleaner outlived her.
True story. On tools, make sure that they're in top
notch condition. You never know when you'll need to
use them next.
10 Utilize teamwork
Two people fold up a bedsheet eight times faster
(and better) than one. Don't argue with my
arithmetic. Try it and you'll see that there's sense
in what I'm saying. Make a point of ensuring that
cleaning is a family affair. How is this productive?
Other family members won't mess up the place as they
know that they will have to fix the mess themselves.
I'm not implying that you should be harsh on them.
Don't misquote me.
11 . Get a cleaning schedule (and follow it
Have a specific order of doing things. Bonus points
if you can write this down. I'm sure you know that
cleaning agents follow the same routine everywhere.
Borrow a leaf from their book. They've been doing
these things for years and they've definitely
learned a few things along the way. Use their
knowledge to your advantage.
They say that we should learn something new every
day. Hopefully, today you'll make the most out of
these easy home cleaning tips.
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