Speed Clean Like A Pro
When my home is messy, I cannot function. I try not to let messes bother me, and I'm not as obsessive as Danny Tanner. I wish I had the time and commitment needed to have a spotless home. If I do not speed clean every day, my home get's dirty.
You can never clean your kitchen or bathroom in five minutes or fewer without the proper tools. Multitasking products can save a lot of time.
Keep your spaces as clear as possible as clutter will make speed cleaning impossible. Moving many things and putting them away takes too long. You’re better off tidying your spaces daily, which means not spending half of Saturday cleaning.
Remove items not in use from counters. Seldom used appliances go into the pantry. I have a cute basket on the vanity in the bathroom that stores items I have to sort and put aside later. It’s fine to cut a few corners sometimes to get things done even quicker.
Get a cleanser that can tackle everything. You won’t have to go back and forth or lug cleaning supplies. Check the bottles of cleaning supplies; if the cleaner doesn't work on most of your surfaces do not waste your money. Instead of paper towels use a flat cloth diaper. A flat diaper is faster, more absorbent, and huge. The less time you spend getting a clean paper towel, quicker the job will get done and is the eco and wallet friendly choice.
Ditch wet dusting and wet dust every other week. Buy a lambs wool duster; if you have one they are wonderful and help you dust fast. Because my spaces are clutter free, I can dust the living room and bedroom in 2 minutes. Wet Dusting takes me ten minutes.
Do not dust hard to get places. Use compressed air dusters sold in the electronics department. If you do this a few times a month, the dust bunnies won't accumulate.
Clean your entire shower or tub once a week, including the walls, side, and ledges. Twice a week spray the tub with a cleaner that will remove most of the grime without scouring. Clean the rest of the bathroom, then spot clean any gunk off the walls. Wipe your tub out with a sponge don't worry about scrubbing. On the weekend, it won't take as long to scour.
Bathrooms are simple. Start at the mirror with that all-purpose cleaner and wipe the counter and sink. Spot clean the cabinets and baseboards if they need it. Wipe out the sink with multi-purpose cleaner. Clean the toilet. This shouldn’t take long in homes with smaller bathrooms. I take 3 minutes.
Scrub the toilet bowl and use one of those drop-in tablets. You won't have to clean the bowl as often. The cheap toilet tabs with borax work great. No need to buy fancy ones.
Check the bedrooms. Make the beds fast. Get rid of cups, plates, and trash quickly. Scan the area and get rid of any obvious mess.
Fire up the vacuum once a day. Go around things, don't worry about moving furniture. Clean under the coffee table and similar furniture only once or twice a week. Cutting corners like this won't show and saves you time.
Stop sweeping the floors that takes too long. You miss stuff no matter what. Use the wood floor mode on the vacuum, or use a Swiffer. Every other day, use wet pads after the dry ones. It’s fast and easy. Mop once a week with a real mop. Since I stopped Sweeping and used the Swiffer daily, I take fewer than 5 minutes to do the floors. Our socks stay white.
I suggest getting a basket you can stuff the food that ends up on the kitchen counter. The kitchen will look neater, and you won't need to move a lot of food when cleaning. Use a multi-purpose cleaner and start with the counters. Clean the cabinets and drawers where handled the most and wipe out the sink.
Worry about tackling the laundry or clutter after doing the cleaning. That's the mistake many people make: they address the and chaos neglect the rest.
Don’t overlook the main living space. Give the couch a quick fluff, and tidy the surfaces pronto. Return misplaced items to where they belong.
By taking care of something every day even hastily keeps it from turning into a giant mess you must clean with later. Hang tight if you hate cleaning or are trying to keep up. Cut corners and cut yourself some slack. Try cleaning quickly daily and see how you feel after a week. Sometimes you have to fake it to make it.