Time-Saving Tips to Make Cleaning a Snap!
I'm not exactly sure what Helen Fielding meant by "sluttish washing up" in Bridget Jones' Diary, but I'm guessing my standard "it's-not-dirty-until-you-can-see-or-smell-it" approach would qualify.
If you're a little cleaning-shy and like me, look for absolutely every possible avenue for keeping it short without being "sluttish," there are myriad opportunities for maximizing efforts while minimizing exertion and they don't even need any planning...just a little common sense. Here are a few of our favorite short-cuts:
• Organize your supplies: Keeping all your supplies in one, liftable container, like a caddy or bucket that you can haul from room to room will keep you on the go.
• Start with tasks that need to sit, run, soak or "activate": Start the dishwasher, load the washing machine, and spritz on your mildew remover, oven or toilet bowl cleaner before doing anything else.
• Tidy first, then get to it: If you do a quick tidy, like moving stuff off countertops, dressers and tables, then you can clean like a hurricane without getting sidetracked.
• Start high, finish low: There's no sense in letting dust or dirt foul up your fine work, so clean every room from top to bottom such as light fixtures/wall frames/tables or cupboards/countertops/baseboards, and so on.
• One room at a time: If you're prone to cleaning-induced ADD, get it under control and stick with one thing at a time. Your effort to stay focused will save you time zig-zagging through the house.
• Clean more frequently: Frequent bursts of cleaning will ensure not only a prettier house but will minimize those dreaded deep cleans.
• Spot clean: See as spot, stain, smudge or smear? Get to it, even if it isn't cleaning day so stains aren't so encrusted you have to break a nail to get them off.
• Ditch the mop for small-area floors: By the time you get the mop, cleaner, bucket and water routine going, you could have wiped down all those small floors (such as kitchen and bathrooms) by hand. I use old towel remnants soaked in a water/cleaner solution and get on all fours.
• Dust first, vacuum second, mop last: No explanation needed, right?