When my kids were little keeping the house tidy was hard. It seemed like every time I cleaned up one mess a new one popped up. I had to be creative to motivate the kids to pick up their things. Quick five is a game I made up when my kids were little. Kids love to help. Games help kids learn to clean up after themselves.
Quick Five means you pick five things and change them. That could pick up five items that don’t belong and putting them back. Or picking five spots in a room and spending about a minute tidying each of them up. As my kids got older and better at cleaning up after themselves I found this method also worked well for me. Especially when I was lacking motivation to clean.
Cleaning in increments is always the best bet. Sometimes tidying a few things helps. The next day clean something else. You will discover your home is much cleaner with a little time and effort.
Many clean and tidy houses are not that clean; you will go into a room, and it needs dusting or vacuuming. Some homes are neat, but upon closer inspection you’ll find dust or that maybe the counters are a mess. Some people use a closet to hide everything.
Home organization and cleaning need not be the focus of your life. Concepts like spending 10 to 20 minutes cleaning can be effective.
The quick five means if my living room needs tidying, I will clean that room fast. The couch is messy. I have a cluttered coffee table. The floor needs vacuuming; my kids left their stuff on the floor. A basket of laundry on the floor. These problems are easy to fix.
I use my Dust buster to clean crumbs off the couch fluff the pillows. My coffee table has storage where I hide magazines and other clutter. I stow the hamper on my bed I will sort and fold the laundry later. The kid’s stuff I put aside in a basket I can sort that mess at another time. I vacuum. It takes about five minutes. I picked five things and changed them, and my room is clean again.
You do not have to vacuum or scrub dishes daily. Play games that encourage kids to clean is a real-time saver. Kids can dust, vacuum, or gather their things and put them in their room. Make it a contest and give prizes. It does not have to be perfect.
If the clutter is an issue, decluttering could be as simple as purging five items from your junk drawer. Rr even tossing five old things from the fridge or pantry. Apply the concept of tossing/cleaning, a few items in cluttered places daily can weed out the clutter.
Perhaps this is not enough. Try cleaning for 30 minutes before bed so it will stay cleaner. Once you develop a routine, things go by much faster. It used to take me 15 minutes to clean the bathroom. I am at three.
Cleaning wipes are great for speed cleaning. Find something to use on all or most surfaces helps a lot as you can grab one cleaning product and go.
If you are already struggling with housework having to spray your and wipe is not always easy. It may make an already daunting task seem even more monotonous. That is why I recommend all in one cleaning wipes. That will speed up the process.
Cleaning wipes are good for the environment or cost-effective. But splurging on the J.R. Watkins all-purpose wipes is what I recommend. Pledge Multi-surface Everyday Wipes are great they clean everything including wood and granite.
Use a cleaning product that not only works but smells good. When I used scented Method products, cleaning was not as bad. I like the multi-purpose Pledge for most tasks, but not for the kitchen. I prefer the Method sprays.
Meyers Vinegar gel is excellent for glass stove tops, kitchen sinks, and bathrooms. Mr. Clean with Febreeze is awesome. Caldrea Countertop Sprays are incredible. You would think you were burning a scented candle.
I also like to make my all-purpose spray. I mix half a cup each of water, vinegar, and rubbing alcohol. Add essential oils so the cleaner smells and performs better.
The gist is if you find a cleaning product that gets the job done and smells good it makes cleaning a lot more pleasant. If you like how the cleaner smells, clean so you can use the cleanser that smells good.
So if you’re not motivated to clean your home or hate cleaning don’t tackle all of your chores at once. Break it up. Use products you like. Try to make cleaning quick and painless so you can get used to the routine.
These tips help cut down on the messes you have to clean up:
Don’t leave vitamins or medications out, so you do not forget to take them. Set the alarm on your phone.Use your phone to cut clutter. Don’t save magazines, check their website and bookmark it, or save it to Pinterest. There are apps or functions already on your phone. Use those for shopping lists, reminders, and to save recipes, etc.
Remove shoes when you come in. No closet by the door? Store them in a decorative bin.
Use an ottoman rather than a coffee table. Choose one that has hidden storage. Stash your magazines, remote control, or whatever else you need.
Toss your junk mail right away and sign up for online billing. Place misplaced or unused items in a box. Wait a week, and if no one uses it, then give it away.
Ban dishes from the sink. Make it a priority to rinse and put it in the dishwasher.
Keep cleaning rags, paper towels, and bathroom cleaner under the sink. Wipe down after getting ready in the morning or before bed.
Keep a spray bottle of vinegar in the bathroom and spray the shower after bathing. This helps prevent buildup.
Put the hamper next to the shower.
Remember the less you have, the cleaner a home can look. Consider looking into minimalism. Less is more for some.
It is okay to feel you can never get it together. We all have at some point. Houses get messy. A tidy home will help reduce your stress.
I suggest hiring someone to clean your house once if it is too hard. They rarely organize, but they will get the most important work done. When calling a cleaning company is honest. Some cleaning companies can also help with clutter. Or ask them to send out a second maid, and you can get extra things done like having the laundry folded. Then you can focus on decluttering.
Over time, it will come together, and you will find it is easier to clean.
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