Quick Cleaning Tips to Save you Time!
Get rid of clutter. If you don’t have a spot to put it away, it is clutter. Piles of clutter almost never get dusted so the dust accumulates there and spreads through your home. It takes far less time to clean a table, counter top or any other surface if it is clutter free. Get rid of that crap once and for all!
Magic Eraser is Magic. This removes scuffs off walls, doors, trim and just about everything else without scrubbing.
Make your bed. If you do nothing else, make sure all the beds are made every morning. It will magically inspire cleanliness.
Remove clutter catchers. If clutter accumulates on a table near a door, remove the table so you’ll be more likely to put things away.
Spray and Walk Away. Spray your bathtub and shower surround, toilet and sink with a bathroom cleaner and walk away for a few minutes to let it do it’s job (I use Fantastic with Bleach). Turn on the shower, flush the toilet and rinse out the sink. Never scrub your bathroom again.
A load a day keeps the laundry piles away. Try to wash, dry and put away one load a day. It only takes a few minutes to put one load away and you’ll never have laundry piling up again. One day for lights, darks, towels, bedding and dedicates. Take the weekend off!
Swiffer Products. The Wetjet mops floors in seconds. Just a few squirts will do a large area, don’t use too much or it will be streaky. The Swiffer Sweeper Vac is amazing for pet hair and crumbs. I love the dusting clothes and extenders for walls (washing walls with water will streak paint), books and light fixtures.
Use entry mats. Use only one entry door into your home. Put a sturdy doormat on the outside and another on the inside. It is amazing how much dirt they catch.
Establish a command center. Designate one location (usually the kitchen) for calendar, bulletin board, school papers, grocery lists, menu planning etc.
Make a Landing Strip. Take a look at your entrance way and make sure you have a place for coats, shoes, keys, mail, backpacks and all other items that get dropped at the door. I like having extra hooks on the wall for guest coats, a bag for items that need to be returned and for hanging wet snow gear to dry.
Clean top to bottom. Clean the house and each room from the top down. Dust first, vacuum last. Don’t forget light fixtures, lamp shades, picture frames and baseboards. All these can be quickly dusted with an extender wand and dusting cloth.
Use a Multi-Surface Product. For quick wipe downs I like Windex Multi-Surface. I can use it on tables, mirrors and just about everything else for a quick clean with one product and a soft cloth.
Use a Timer. You will work so much faster if you set a timer. 20 minutes should be plenty of time to do a quick vacuum and wipe down surfaces in your livingroom, kitchen and bathroom…as long as those surfaces are clutter-free.
Stop dust before it falls. Change furnace filter and empty vacuum cleaner regularly. Do not miss vents when you dust.
Wash Windows like a Pro. Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal for inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks. Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don’t wash windows on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.
Make your Home Smell Clean…even when it isn’t. Spray a bit of perfume or drop essential oils on the light bulb (while it’s off and cold) in any room to create a lovely light scent in each room when the light is turned on. Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen.
Stop the Stains. Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won’t be any stains. Keep a stain remover in your kids bedrooms by the laundry basket to banish stains before they get to the laundry.
21 Item Toss. Once a month grab a bag for garbage and a bag for donate and run around your home looking for 21 items to get rid of. We all have too much stuff which makes keeping our homes clean and tidy difficult. A monthly purge is the perfect way to keep the “stuff” under control.