Humans, in general, are naturally inclined to procrastination.
And the thought of leaning our rooms, let alone the whole house is enough to make anyone play sick or run away in horror.
But then you see all that dust and grime and think about the last time you vacuumed the house. Even if you cleaned your house a week ago, dirt always finds a way in.
But, fear not because today we bring you a compilation of the most effective tips and tricks to get you started up on cleaning so you can be back in your couch in no time.
#1. Preplan Before Every Cleaning Session
You can save a lot of time and trouble if you follow a simple routine. Save a couple of hours dedicated to the cleaning tasks, preferably every day or at least once a week if life is really hectic.
Start with making a checklist of the cleaning tasks due for that particular day so once you are done with a certain task, just scratch it off your list.
Getting a good night’s rest will ensure a positive mindset when approaching an often exhaustive cleaning duty. No one wants to clean while their mind feels all fuzzy from lack of sleep.
In addition to the above, plan a nutritious meal to keep you energized throughout the day.
#2. Divide Your Schedule to Prevent Overwhelming Yourself
The more frequently you clean, the lesser you have to do during each session. A great way to ensure you are doing so is to divide your routine into daily, weekly, monthly and yearly tasks.
Basic tasks such as making beds, sweeping the floors and wiping the counter tops, are meant to be done every day since they are constantly gathering dust.
Dirty bathrooms can be tackled on a weekly basis.
Spend the last days of the month cleaning your appliances and cabinets. Lastly, save the garage and the attic for the year’s end. Shampoo carpets and Get those pesky pet hairs from your carpets using a cleaner designed for such purposes.
#3. Keep Your Spirits Up!
Invite friends or family to help you with the cleaning. Better two pairs of hands than one. Plus if that doesn’t work out invite them anyway for a chat, or make phone calls. You’d be surprised how quickly time passes by when you are having fun talking to a person.
However, if you are easily distracted by the former, listen to an audiobook. This requires no visual engagement and you also get to learn something.
You can also make a playlist full of upbeat songs which will save you the trouble of changing songs and most importantly keep you engaged in your task.
Go play some Shakira and break a leg!
#4. Don’t Get Distracted
It’s often hard not to check your text messages or Facebook especially when your mobile is so tantalizingly close and the notifications, a touch away. Switch off your phone and put it far away from the place you are cleaning.
Also, don’t forget the TV!
As you start working and settle into a rhythm, you’ll eventually start to forget about such trivial matters. This is very liberating since you are no longer worried about anything but focusing on the task at hand.
Going over to your phone frequently just to relieve boredom even if it is for a couple of minutes, is enough for you to lose your concentration and eventually motivation for completing the job.
#5. Dress for Comfort and Safety
Cleaning is a long, exhausting task so maximize your comfort level by wearing loose cotton pants and shirt to let your skin breathe. Wear gloves while handling nasty chemicals which can otherwise dry out your skin and goggles to protect your eyes from chemical splashes that can lead to injury.
Since you’ll be spending most of the time on your knees, scrubbing, trying to get to every nook and cranny, wear knee pads to prevent abrasive surfaces from scratching the skin.
#6. Get the Proper Tools for Success
When going to the store, the shelves are stacked with staggering arrays of cleaning tools and products, each promising a spic and span home.
But, what exactly should you get?
A basic home cleaning kit should consist of:
- White towels
- Microfiber Cloths
- A squeegee
- A bucket
- Spray bottles
- Scrub and Toothbrushes
- Broom, dustpan, and mop
- A vacuum
- Glass cleaner
- Household ammonia
- General purpose cleaner
- Mild abrasive cleaner
- Chlorine bleach
- Toilet bowl cleaner
- Oil soap
#7. Keep Your Supplies in a Basket
Now that you own all this stuff, where do you keep it?
Once you start cleaning, fetching cleaning supplies from downstairs one by one will be a huge waste of time. Get a large basket to keep the portable supplies so you can carry it from one room to the next without much hassle.
Keep the large supplies like mops, brooms etc. in predictable places such as the back of the door so it is within reach whenever you need it.
#8. Save Your Energy
When cleaning, it is tempting to randomly work on one place then move to another ten paces away. This can create confusion whether you cleaned a certain spot or not.
Instead, follow the top to bottom rule & clean from inside the room to outside.
The top to bottom rule is where you clean from the top starting with fans towards the bottom such as the furniture. Any dust collects on the floor which can then be swept from inside the room towards the door and then outside.
This minimizes movement and keeps you from losing energy as you work.
#9. Always Declutter
Before you start working on a particular room, carry two bags with you. One for keeping items which can later be reorganized and the other to collect the trash.
If the room is littered with toys, books and such, cleaning becomes much harder.
Progressing in an organized way will make your job much faster and thus easier to get over with.
#10. Don’t be a Perfectionist
So, you are cleaning but suddenly you notice a stain on your precious carpet. You grab a scrub brush and then head over to the stain to attack it. With your brush in hand, you scrub furiously.
Upon removing your brush, you look on, your eyes aghast at the travesty – The stain remains.
Jokes aside, with all the time you spent on one stain, you could go on to clean two rooms and put the laundry in the wash.
It is alright if the job isn’t done perfectly but what matters is that you took the initiative and now your home is much cleaner because of it. Use your time wisely.
If a stain seems invincible, come back later with a more powerful cleaning agent to vanquish it.
You are now ready to relax on your couch and get on with your favorite show. I hope these steps will help you keep your house cleaner than before. The best thing you can do in not panic. Keep calm and tackle one problem after the other.
This article was contributed by Stepheny on behalf of FeedFond. She loves to write about good health practices, simple life hacks and kitchen tidbits. Check out more of her work at FeedFond.com