A clean home is about more than just looks; it can also impact your health. Dust, mold, and germs can cause illnesses, allergies, and other health issues. However, as important as cleaning is, most of us struggle to find time to do it. That means we need to find ways to clean quickly but efficiently, taking advantage of every spare moment that we have left in the day.
Speed cleaning routines can help you clean your home and keep it clean in under an hour each day. Here’s how to start:
Work from top to bottom
When you start cleaning, start at the top and work your way down. In other words, clean your highest surfaces first (such as shelves, cabinets, tables, and countertops), then work your way down to floor level.
Save mopping, sweeping, and vacuuming for last
Dragging out your vacuum, mop, or broom several times can be time-consuming. Instead, save all of your mopping, sweeping, and vacuuming till the end. And don’t do this every day. We recommend sweeping and mopping at least once a week and vacuuming about three times a week.
Get the right tools
You don’t need much to clean a room properly. Ditch the fancy gadgets and go for something simple that you can tuck away in a cleaning apron. And a cleaning apron is a must. It will save you time by keeping everything you need right at your fingertips.
Create a storage system
Cleaning your home is much easier when things are organized. So, instead of leaving items scattered across your home, have a designated area for each. For example, when you come home at night, put your shoes away in the coat closet instead of tossing them across the ground. You’ll save yourself a lot of time later as you’re vacuuming the floor.
Spray first, let it sit, then wipe
When cleaning, many of us spray a surface and then immediately wipe it. However, this doesn’t do the job. You need to let cleaning products sit for a few minutes for them to clean a surface effectively. So, when you’re going through a room, spray a surface, move on to something else, and when you’re done, return to that surface to wipe it down.
Repeat, repeat, repeat
The more often you clean, the less time it will take. If your schedule allows, try to clean each day for 30 to 45 minutes. If you can’t manage every day, then try every other day. The important part is making cleaning a regular chore to save yourself time in the long run.