6 Efficient Tips to Clean Your Home in Half the Time

September 23, 2019 | by anthony henson

Keeping your house in order is always a tiresome task. Regardless of the size of your home, cleaning is something you can't get rid of. While hiring someone to do the job for you does sound like a tempting offer, it is sure to take up a significant part of your budget. If you've come across this article looking to lessen the time you spend cleaning and have more time for the things you love then you've come to the right place. Below are six useful tips to make sure you spend less time cleaning.

1. Use technology to your benefit:

The first thing that you should do is to use technology to your advantage. Science has evolved leaps and bounds, and now it's serving everyone's interest. Whether house making or house cleaning, technology has made it a whole lot easier. 

If you have a significant budget to spend on cleaning, you can buy a robot that can get more than half of the job done in no time. Other than that, if you're on a budget you can get a Porter cable orbital polisher to shine the kitchen slabs to perfection, a power washer, so you don't spend multiple hours washing the driveway, or an automated vacuum so you can sit back and relax while it gets the job done.

2. Have a proper cleaning order:

One thing that will surely save you time is a cleaning regimen. You should have a cleaning order that you follow so you don't have to do the same things twice. For example, I clean the fans and the hard to reach places on top of the cupboards, and then I do the dusting. Once I'm done with that, I move on to vacuuming the floors and then the windows. After that's done, I then find time to mop the floors.

A tip that can make it easier is to start from the top and go to the bottom, then start from the side opposite the door and work your way to it.

3. Regular minor updates:

Another thing that you should keep in mind is that if you make sure that little problems are taken care off over time, you won't have maintenance tasks pile up. Make it a routine to check the roof, and the gutters, examine any cracks and fill them. Clean the things you use seasonally after you use them. For example if you clean and update the air conditioners at the end of every summer and put on AC covers you won’t have to worry about this later on. Similarly, if you clean the chimney at the end of every winter, you won't have to roam around the house looking for what's causing that pungent smell in the summers.

If a house isn't maintained properly, not only does it affect its resale value, it can also lead to your house being a target for a pest infestation.

4. Multiple uses of household products:

Another hack that will surely help you stay on budget and help you while cleaning is to know about numerous applications of household products. For example, lemon juice can get rid of the toughest stains and can clean rust. If you have children in the house, and they display their artistic works on the walls, a great way to clean the walls without leaving any stains is to apply toothpaste on the drawing and let it rest for five minutes. Once the time has passed, take a sponge and take the paste off. Knowing such small hacks will help you save a few extra bucks.

5. Allocate a specific place to everything

Another way to make sure that there isn't clutter everywhere is to assign every item a particular space. For example, rather than having multiple spice bottles on the kitchen slab, put them in the cupboard. Once you're done with that, organize them according to how frequently each item is used. 

Organization is a significant part of cleaning. All it takes is one day of commitment per each room, and you'll be at peace for a long time. If you have kids, assign each child the task of cleaning their room and organizing their space. This will not only make your job much more manageable, but it will also instill in them a sense of responsibility.

6. Maintenance cleaning

Another way to make sure that you don't spend too much time cleaning around the house is to clean more often. If you clean up on a regular basis, you don't have to invest extra time and energy later on. Perhaps set a schedule for certain tasks each week, rather than letting everything pile up for one day.

Certain things, such as cleaning gutters, and fixing the roof on a regular basis will surely help you in the long run. If such things aren't taken care of regularly, one can lead to standing water while the other can make your house an attractive site for a pest infestation. Remember that standing water can lead to water seeping in through the walls and the roof, which can ruin the paint. It is also a leading cause of disease. If you clean your house, often, you will only have to maintain the respective level of cleanliness rather than tackle it from scratch.

If you've gone through the above-mentioned tips that have been presented, you now know a few ways to save time that you spend cleaning. While all of us want everything to be the way that we imagine it to be, know that maintaining a house doesn't work like that. We all may want the house to be spick and span, but things don’t always work out the way we want it to. There will always be something that is out of place and something you can’t manage on your own. Following these tips has made me spend less time on cleaning and given me more time for the things that I’d much rather be doing. 

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