How to Keep Your Home Clean Amidst a Frantic Schedule
The endless struggle of keeping a home spic and span can be quite exhausting for a working individual. This rings true, particularly when you have so many things to do that cleaning tasks and other important household chores are sometimes left neglected.
In the end, your housework backlog grows and cleaning tasks start to pile up so that the thought of having a well-organized and clean home appears to become more of a remote possibility as each day goes by.
Finding the time to tidy up every day can help maintain the cleanliness in your home.
However, the challenge is actually getting it done in less time since you still have other things to do like going to work, making your grocery run or sending the kids to school, or both.
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- 1 To solve this dilemma, below are effective tips that will help you keep your home clean even when you’re a busy bee:
To solve this dilemma, below are effective tips that will help you keep your home clean even when you’re a busy bee:
1. Organize your cleaning tasks
Not all cleaning chores take the same amount of time to finish.
Often, there are specific cleaning tasks that take precedence over others. Because of this, there’s a need for you to prioritize your cleaning tasks starting from the most important to the least significant.
Preferably start with tasks that you can get done quickly. For instance, you can do the following easy cleaning chores that will only take you a minute or less to finish.
- Wipe down kitchen countertops and refrigerator door and handle.
- Empty trash bins.
- Clean bathroom mirrors.
- Sort through the mail and junk any unwanted letters.
- Vacuum all entryways.
- Run a squeegee along the shower walls while taking a bath.
For tasks that usually take more time to accomplish, such as cleaning rugs and carpets, window washing and floor polishing, hiring a professional deep cleaning service is a wise choice as professional cleaners can get the job done while you spend your time on other important tasks.
Deep cleaning is different from regular cleaning as it reaches deeply embedded dirt and grime, and covers areas which are not usually cleaned. But if you have time to tackle this difficult task yourself, make sure you know how to deep clean your house properly and tackle every nook and cranny.
A thorough clean ensures the bulk of the tough cleaning chores gets taken out of your housework backlog, and all you need to do is maintenance cleaning afterwards.
Set a Schedule
No matter how many fast cleaning tips you integrate, they won’t be effective unless you create a schedule. Break up cleaning chores into manageable ones that you can do for a week.
- Monday – vacuum shared areas.
- Tuesday – wash towels and sheets.
- Wednesday – clean bathrooms.
- Thursday – wipe down all dusty surfaces.
- Friday – polish mirrors and windows.
- Saturday – do the remaining laundry.
- Sunday – sweep accumulated dried leaves in your garden.
You can also include cleaning tasks you need to do quickly within your schedule. If you have family members old enough to help do the housework, divide tasks considering their available schedule as well.
2. Combine similar cleaning tasks
Another effective way to save time when cleaning is to combine similar cleaning tasks.
For example, if you plan on clean the window blinds also include the window glass, ledges, and even window tracks in the process. Avoid jumping from one cleaning task to another so you have your full focus on each cleaning chore, and get it done quickly.
Cleaning room by room is also time-saving. So if you’re cleaning the bathroom, make sure to clean all parts including the toilet, mirror, shower, sink, and even change the bathroom linen.
The feeling you get after cleaning an entire room can be oddly satisfying.
3. Store cleaning supplies in a convenient place
Having your cleaning supplies downstairs when you need to clean upstairs can be troublesome so you might omit doing cleaning tasks altogether. Placing your cleaning tools in a convenient place is vital in cutting down your cleaning time and maintaining efficiency.
Even something as simple as storing a cleaner near the kitchen instead of fetching it from the laundry room each time makes a huge difference. You’ll clean quickly and far more often when you know that your cleaning tools are accessible nearby.
4. Clean as you go
This is a cleaning principle used extensively in the fast food restaurant industry, and you may very well apply it to your home situation.
It becomes much easier to clean when dust and other particles haven’t turned into grime yet.
For instance, if your kids left muddy prints on your bathroom counter, clean it up immediately. Don’t wait for the dirt to develop into something you can’t handle so make sure to clean up as soon as similar things occur.
5. Set a time limit for each cleaning task
If you’re someone who gets sidetracked easily, this is a useful tip.
Every time you clean, make it a point to set a time limit for each task and ensure that you stick to it. This will make you more efficient in cleaning as you get to focus more on the tasks at hand.
Having a time limit keeps you alert, motivated and moving instead of slacking off. At the end of each cleaning task, you’ll feel more accomplished and see visible results compared to when you are distracted and jumping from one chore to another.
6. Get everyone in the family involved
Getting everyone in your family onboard cleaning tasks is more efficient than you going solo and trying to do it all.
Not everyone is fond of cleaning but it’s a chore that needs to be done. It’s not a good practice to do all the cleaning tasks while other family members are just sitting pretty on the couch.
Everyone in the family should be responsible enough to help with cleaning. After all, you’re not the only one living in the house. Allow everyone in the family to get a part of the housework.
Even small children can simply be told to put away their toys in their bins after each playtime session. Older kids can be asked to tidy up their rooms, arrange their bed, and bring out their laundry. Inculcate in them the “clean as you go” principle so you don’t have to spend your time cleaning up messes they can take care of by themselves.
7. Develop good cleaning habits
When you integrate good cleaning habits into your life, doing chores becomes natural.
Make it a practice to always return things to where they belong, and clean up after every mess you make. This will speed up your daily cleaning process and help make keeping a clean home much easier.
The following are some of the habits practiced by people who always have a clean home.
- Start the day by making your bed.
- Do a single load of laundry every other day or on a regular schedule.
- Put things away in their designated spots after each use such as clothes, bags, shoes, umbrellas, etc.
- Take time to declutter on a weekly or monthly basis.
- Sweep down or vacuum often.
- Always start from the top then work your way down when cleaning.
Keeping a dirt and grime-free, organized home comes easy when you make cleaning a habit.
Even if you have a busy schedule, there’s no reason to get overwhelmed.
All you need to do is to integrate small cleaning tasks into each day, so you and your family can enjoy a sparklingly clean home every day.
Rania Bellos launched Dust Busters Cleaning Services with the help and support of her husband after spending 15 years working in the banking and finance industry in France, Lebanon and the UAE. She welcomes the daily challenges and exciting opportunities provided by the highly competitive residential and commercial cleaning services market.