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The 4 Best Ways To Speed Up The Cleaning Process
If you would love to have a clean house, but feel like you just don't have the time, you're not alone: A lack of time to fit cleaning in around work, family, friends, and other daily chores is the number-one most cited reason for having a dirty house.
The problem, however, often actually lies in the way we perceive cleaning: Most of us see it as a monumental task requiring hours of focussed concentration, and as such, we feel like we can't squeeze it in. If you're stuck in this rut, the speed cleaning tips below should help to change your mind—with a bit of planning, you can make the job of cleaning flow effortlessly with the rest of your lifestyle:
Make cleaning a household effort
The best way to speed up cleaning is to stop messes before they can truly get started. To that end, you should devise a number of tidiness “best practices” for you and your family to adhere to. Children and adults alike should return items to their proper places immediately after use (and there should be a place for everything—make extensive use of labelled bins and baskets!) and have a list of chores to attend to, e.g. tiding rooms, loading and unloading the dishwasher, dusting, etc. Between having clutter under control and outsourcing smaller jobs, you can cut your cleaning time in half.
Make a habit of “five-minute clean-ups"
Most of us spend a lot of time waiting—for a friend to call back, for a favourite show to come on, for dinner to cook, and so on—and we all too often fritter away these precious minutes, idling on our phones or computers. Instead of doing this, get into the habit of performing “5-minute clean-ups” whenever you find yourself with a bit of time to kill; you will be amazed at how cleaning suddenly seems to take care of itself. The secret? Most cleaning tasks, when isolated, don't actually take all that long; running a broom over the kitchen floor and a cloth over the counters, for example, can easily be fit into 5 minutes, and loading a dishwasher seldom takes more than 10 minutes.
Have your home “deep cleaned” professionally once every few months
Even if you can't afford to hire a maid, you should consider calling in a professional to take care of the truly tough and time-consuming parts of cleaning (e.g. carpet and upholstery cleaning) once every 3-6 months (depending on your needs). This will leave you only having to do day-to-day maintenance cleaning, which will shave a lot of time off your cleaning regimen.
Keep your cleaning supplies well-organised and carry them with you
Nothing tacks extra minutes onto cleaning like having to look all over the house for a specific product or tool, so you should make sure to keep your cleaning supplies organised properly. It's also a good idea to carry everything you need in a single basket with you as you move from room to room so that you don't have to backtrack to pick up supplies as you change jobs.
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