Does Speed Cleaning Really Work?
One day I was watching YouTube, and a video from Clutterbug popped up in the suggestions. She was talking about power hour and the dirty thirty in her videos.
I was intrigued enough to watch if you don't know what power hour or Dirty 30 is where we give ourselves a timer and speed clean the house.
There's not a guideline or any even rules to it because it's about you setting the time and it's about you getting done what you need to get done in that time.
Last Thanksgiving was the first year I didn't have to scrub my house from top to bottom. You know the routine, deep cleaning your home. Cooking. Running errands. You have so much to do. Once you start speed cleaning, you get far more done your house is pretty much always clean.
My usual routine was cleaning the bathrooms, which means wiping the mirrors, counters, the outside of the cabinets, I spot cleaned the doors and wiped the toilets. I use the Swiffer dry pads almost every day and mop with a wet one most others. I do the same in the kitchen. I was just trying to keep the place clean. Dusting with something I was doing once a week.
Power hour, however, changed the way I run my household. There is this interesting article I read, and I don't remember who wrote it. It explained the difference between a tidy house and a clean house. In a clean home, you're going to swipe your finger across the surfaces and have it come up clean. In a clean house going to see no rings in the toilet or the tub. There are going to be toys on the floor and are you going to see an unmade bed. In the tidy house, you won't see toys laying around, but will find a ring in the bathtub, or there's going to dust. Tidy homes look cleaner because they don't mind the dirt as much. Tidiness is more important than the dirt or dust if that makes any sense.
Tidy means no clutter. Clean means no visible dirt or dust but a little messy regarding clutter.
For example, you would think my house was a pigsty my family leaves things laying everywhere, but the surfaces of my home are immaculate. I wipe down my kitchen and bathrooms every single day.
A close relative of mine has what appears to be a spotless home until you look. You realize they have not cleaned the kitchen surfaces for a long time. The kitchen is pretty dirty, but you would not think it was to look because the house is tidy.
If your house is a mess and you want to change that start with the power hour. At the beginning of the hour spray your tubs, toilets, and sinks. Use a cleaner that will do most of the work and tackle other tasks. Do not run from room to room. If you find something that does not belong set it aside. Find a spot in each room to put the things that do not belong and take them when you leave. Have a place where to deposit it all and sort it out later.
Go back to the bathrooms wipe down everything quickly. Just wipe out the sinks and tub. Power Hour is not about scrubbing it’s about getting it clean and eventually after you do this for awhile it will be cleaner. If your bathtub is bad, you don't have to scrub hard use a Magic Eraser. They make ones for the bath if you go ahead and run the hot water for a minute or two with the door closed it's going to loosen the dirt.
This Pinterest Miracle Cleaner can also melt the scum out of almost any tub. Spray it and come back later. The word Miracle is in the name for a reason.
A lot of us can handle getting rid of clutter and getting rid of the things off the floor. It's tough to keep the kitchen and bathroom clean. It takes much longer to go clean the bathrooms and the kitchen thoroughly than it does to pick stuff up off the floor.
When you clean daily at a good clip, you get faster at it. You will have to put less effort into it, and deep cleaning will be something you rarely have to do in most rooms.
I have to say if you want some motivation head on over to YouTube.
There have been plenty of times I got up in the middle of the night couldn't sleep, or I woke up early and because the kids are an in bed and won't interrupt me and I'm just going to clean. I know that I can sleep for an extra hour or I can have my house clean. Overall the clean house will make me happier.
You can work around obstacles. Start cleaning before the kids get up or when they go to bed. If you have a significant other or older child that can pitch in enlist them.
I'm going to say something that probably some mom bloggers or YouTubers won't like hearing, but I'm sure there's a pile of laundry somewhere or a place they stash the clutter. Don't compare anyone else to you. You’re an individual, and as they say, you do you.
YouTube is your friend, and so is Pinterest. If you’re overwhelmed or uninspired, it can help. Just keep browsing.
Some of my secrets:
Use Denture Cleaner. If you have a sink full of dishes that food is caked on to and it’s been there for three days. Fill the sink with water and drop in three tablets wait 15 to 20 minutes and come back a lot of the food will just come right off.
Do your kids have a whole bunch of toys that you can't put in the dishwasher, and they're disgusting? Use a plastic dish tub filled with the toys and water and a dump in some denture tablets wait a couple of minutes rinse them off. They're sanitized and clean.
I use denture cleaner for a lot of stuff for my kids don't rinse their cups out, so I use denture tablets. When coffee leaves a ring in my mug, I use denture tablets. The toilet smells I use denture tablets.
Vinegar is excellent. I love the Myers Clean Day vinegar gel because it will stay put and help dissolve build up while you let is set. Vinegar removes mineral buildup on your faucet and fixtures use plain vinegar from the grocery store. You soak a towel in vinegar and leave it on the surface. I let it sit overnight usually and then the next morning you wipe it, and the buildup comes right off. The Myers clean day kind of cuts some of those steps out. Baking soda and vinegar can get your tub clean, and it cleans the drain.
Dollar store baby wipes are fantastic you don't have to buy expensive cleaning wipes. Use dollar store baby wipes. Speed clean your counters, clean your baseboards, you can use them to spot clean doors and cabinets.
Microfiber cloths are a total game changer. They pick up and hold dirt, dust, and crumbs. They work better than paper towels.
Magic erasers are cheap and clean almost anything with minimal effort.
You may be between being clean and tidy. If you focus on one, the other will follow.
Declutter slowly. Tackle the smaller tasks first, and the rest will fall into place.
Just let go of that illusion that your house has to be perfect. No one has a perfect home. Some of us just are better at hiding our junk.
Tackle the Power hour or the Dirty Thirty. You will get faster. One day I finished early, and I have two cabinets in my bathroom vanity and four drawers. I decluttered one cabinet and two drawers and then when I have time I will finish the other side and hopefully, I can maintain it.
That's the thing though a lot of clean of tidy homes they're not telling you this they have a cabinet, drawer, basket, or closet full of junk. For most, there will always be at least one spot in the house that's not perfect, and it's not visible to the naked eye. So don't think that you have to be perfect and ready to be in Martha Stewart living have a clean and tidy home.
Find out what works for you. If that means getting a Swiffer and spending some money on some dry pads or buying the reusable microfiber ones on Amazon. It is much faster than sweeping, and I can get my floors done in under 10 minutes. Some people have a Dyson that can do a better job than a Swiffer you have to experiment to find what works.
I recommend that if the house is cluttered don't go on a decluttering mission at first. You may spend four hours working on your closet that no one's going to see when you have a kitchen table that's piled with stuff, and you could be eating dinner at it.
Tackle the smaller tasks first ones that you can accomplish in under an hour on your own. Decluttering can be overwhelming so taking on a big task could be overwhelming, and it can burn you out.
So while this power hour and dirty thirty are trendy right now, it is still helpful. It’s about tackling a big task fast and not letting housework taking over your entire day. It’s about getting your house in order without it becoming a time consuming and all-encompassing work.
Honestly, this is easier for me to stick with the power hour than I thought. I feel less stressed and more in control. I also have more free time.
I suggest you head on over to YouTube to see what it's all about. I just really like this YouTube channel. Here is another one to try.
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