We all know that cleaning the house is a chore we wish we could skip. But how many of us can stand to look at or sit in a home where dust is accumulating in thick layers, carpets look dingy, clothes are piling up, or use a bathroom with dirty sinks, showers and toilets? Yuck!
If you're anything like me then I know you won't stand for all the dirtiness! Make an easier time of cleaning by following our suggestions listed below.
These house cleaning tips will make your cleaning day more effective and more efficient.
Have all Cleaning Supplies Together
Before you start to clean, make sure you have all your supplies together. This really does help in the amount of time it takes to clean when you don’t have to go back and forth fetching cleaning supplies.
My cleaning tote has everything in it I’ll need so I won’t have to stop and possibly get sidetracked.
Your cleaning supplies should consist of things like:
- Cleaning cloths (for wet and dry)
- Window cleaner
- Vacuum cleaner
If you’re interested, here is a list of the items Mrs. Cleans House cleaners keep in their cleaning totes.
Work from the Top, Down to the Bottom
I always start cleaning upstairs and clean my way downstairs. This also applies to the rooms I’m cleaning.
Cleaning Bedrooms and Living Areas
When cleaning these areas, I start at the top and start with dusting to remove dust, cobwebs, cleaning light fixtures, moving down to dust the tops of picture frames and mirrors, door jambs, tabletops, lamps, and baseboards.
When I’m done dusting, I’ll go through and clean mirrors, windows (if necessary) wall mount lights, switch plates, TV remotes, door handles, phones, and baseboards – anything that requires a cleaning solution.
Cleaning the Kitchen
When cleaning the kitchen, clean the outside of the upper cabinets, moving down to the walls, countertops, microwave, stove, fridge, drawer exteriors, lower cabinet doors, and baseboards.
I then move on to cleaning windows if needed.
Cleaning the Bathroom
When cleaning the bathrooms, I’ll dust first (top to bottom) mirror, shelves, doorjamb, and wipe off the counters then spray tubs, shower, sink, and toilet. I’ll then clean the mirrors, wipe down the door, and towel racks and return to scrub the toilet, tub, shower, sink, cabinets and wipe down the baseboards.
Clean in a Single Direction
It doesn’t matter if you work from left to right or right to left. If you work in a single direction, it’s actually more efficient and you’re less likely to miss something by hopping around and going here and there.
Don’t Forget to Wipe the Surface Dry
When you’re finished cleaning, don’t forget to wipe down surfaces with a clean, dry cloth. This will help prevent water spots on faucets, towel racks, counters, floors, etc. I gives a nice finished look.
Work from the Back of the Room to the Front
When vacuuming a room, work from the back corner (farthest from the door) towards the front of the room. Take your time and do a good, thorough job.
Slowly vacuum and let the suction, suck up all the dirt and debris on the carpet. Overlap your vacuum strokes to make sure you get everything. Vacuum the hallway and stairs last.
This also applies to mopping. Start at the back and work your way out of the room.
Complete One Room before Moving on to the Next
Cleaning one room at a time is a good strategy for completion; it’s just easier to concentrate on one room versus going in and out of rooms and getting sidetracked or distracted. When you lose focus, it adds to the amount of time it takes to clean.
Clean and Pick up as you Move through the House
If you clean and pick up items as you move through the house, it saves time on cleaning days. I know in the beginning it seems like you’re doing nothing but cleaning and picking things up and putting them away – but – after a short time, its second nature and you don’t even realize you’re doing it.
I’ve trained my husband and kids to do the same thing so I’m not alone.
Here are a few examples how we clean as we go:
- Keep a squeegee in the shower and wipe down walls and shower doors.
- I use a separate towel for my hair and before I wrap my hair up, I wipe down any chrome in the shower.
- Wipe down counters as soon as you’ve finished with meals, putting dishes away, etc.
We all have our own cleaning routines, what works best, how often we clean, etc. What makes your routine more efficient?