The two biggest struggles with keeping house are finding the time and doing it efficiently. In our last post we covered creating a cleaning schedule to work for you. If you missed it check it out here. Now that you’ve figured out a flexible cleaning routine that works for your schedule let’s tackle some simple cleaning strategies so you’re not spending more time than necessary on your chores.
Work Smarter Not Harder!
Cleaning strategies, tips hacks, call them what you want they all have the same goal: To make cleaning easier on you so you can get ‘er done and get on out.
One of my favorite tools I’ve used are Norwex products. They are super simple to use. Norwex is made of this fantastic mircrofiber that is antimicrobial. That means all you need to do is simply add water and scrub or wipe away. The antimicrobial fibers clean away the germs and grime. No chemicals needed, no buying cleaners and lugging them around. The cloths do a great job of wiping away tough stains and they are very durable. Okay, that’s my overall plug for them. I’ll go over more specific products below. Oh, and no commisioned links here, I’m just an avid fan.
I’ll also go over other time-saving tricks I’ve picked up over the years that have been a lifesaver with saving me time.
To keep things simple I’m going to break the tips up by room/category for easy reference. Let’s get cleaning!
- Make pick-up a breeze by storing toys in bins. For tips on using pins check out this related post.
- Before vacuuming put all of the things in their appropriate bins.
- Make dust disappear with the right dust cloth, meaning get a cloth that traps the dust right away. My go-to cloth is the Norwex Dusting Mit. This thing is amazing. It gets all of the dust off and traps it in one wipe of the hand. No dust spray needed! You can also use this on blinds, ceiling fans, lamp shades, wood railings, anything that collects dust just wipe it off. Quickly shake off outside when done or launder. I hate dusting with my bad allergies too, but don’t have to deal with particles getting into the air from dusting thanks to this mit.
- To lessen dusting surfaces, consider placing table runners or cloth placemats on tables. No wonder my grandma loved doilies!
- If you have more than one bathroom but only one gets used regularly clean that one in its entirety every week. If you have a spare one that doesn’t get used much only clean what needs to be cleaned. We have a guest bathroom with a shower stall that hardly gets used so I just clean the vanity, toilet, mirror, and floors every week.
- Make cleaning bathroom surfaces go quickly with the Norwex Bathroom Mit. One side has scrubbing mesh to get off grime. The other side has super absorbent microfiber that traps lint and hair. The entire mit is antimicrobial so no need to use chemicals.
- I also like to use the Norwex Envriocloth for days I need to quickly wipe down surfaces. Again this is antimicrobial so no need for sprays.
- To make rinsing and loading dishes go quickly simply fill up the sink with sudsy water and soak dishes until I have time to put them in the dishwasher. Food scraps aren’t dried and crusty and will wash away nicely in the dishwasher.
- If your dishes aren’t completely dry after washing in the dishwasher and you don’t have time to dry by hand just empty the clean dishes out on a towel to air dry.
- Unless there is a huge mess on the floor (like my toddler leaves after every meal) don’t sweep until the last meal or food prep is done for the day. There are always leaves, specs and crumbs that accumulate no matter how much you sweep. Don’t drive yourself crazy sweeping every few hours.
- What’s worse hauling a mop and bucket around or scrubbing the floor on your hands and knees? Do you try to make it easy with Swiffer but find it doesn’t get all the stuff off the floor? I love the Norwex Mopping System. It cleans and scrubs effectively without hauling around buckets and stinking up the place with chemicals and nicely cleans the whole surface area. This is great for the bathroom too.
- For more great tips maintaining a kitchen check out this post on simple routines in the kitchen.
- If your kids are old enough put them to work by getting them to clean their own rooms.
- Keep a laundry basket in each room to store clean laundry. Wouldn’t it be nice to put it away once it’s freshly folded? In the real world, it doesn’t always happen. Baskets can be stored in a closet or under the bed until clothes can put away.
- If possible keep nic-nacs to a minimum to make dusting easy. Shhh, I don’t dust the bedrooms every week, I do try to do it monthly though.
- It’s okay to close bedroom doors.
- Take your pick with how to do it. A load each day or a big laundry day. I used to have one mega laundry day where I’d do the wash for all 5 of us once a week. That meant splitting up lights and darks into several loads and made folding it all in one day a bigger undertaking than I wanted to deal with. I found it to be easier to do grown-up laundry one day and kids laundry the next. It’s a good compromise so I’m not constantly doing it, but my loads aren’t so huge either.
- Bring enough laundry baskets with you to the area where you sort so you can grab and go to put them in the washer.
- Socks and underwear. These for whatever reason are my least favorite. To make matching and folding easy I make piles of each person’s stuff as I go through the basket of clean items. After each person’s stuff is sorted out I fold each smaller pile. It makes matching up socks less mind-boggling.
- I keep the buzzer on and get to the dryer when it goes off. If I don’t have time to fold it right away I at least lay all of the clothes I don’t want wrinkled flat on top of the dryer. Then I go back to fold everything at a later point.
- If things do get wrinkled I re-dry them with a damp towel to get out the wrinkles.
- I’ll admit it I forget to put wet clothes in the dryer. I found refilling the washing machine up with hot water with a scoop of oxy clean and soaking the clothes for several hours gets rid of the musty smell. Just run the clothes through the normal wash cycle after soaking….and get them in the dryer pronto!
- Take out the trash as needed but make sure to take it out the night before trash collection day.
- Clean window smudges in the room you are vacuuming and dusting that day. An easy tool for that is the Norwex Window Cloth. Just spray water on the window and wipe away. Works great on TV’s too and does not leave a streak.
- Stash things in baskets or bins. Leave a shoe bin by the door. Have a bin for hats and gloves near the coat hangers.
- Keep a place for mail and papers to file away and go through once a week as needed.
- And last but not least, if you can get a Roomba and kiss vacuuming good-bye…I wish!
So there you have it. Some quick and easy cleaning hacks to make cleaning simple. Try one or try them all, even one simple change can make a big difference. If these simple cleaning strategies save you time I’d love to hear about it!