5 Easy House Cleaning Tips
Tip #1: Time: Decide how much time to spend.
House cleaning can be overwhelming. Some people like to have a big project and clean the whole house in one day. Others are paralyzed by the thought of all that cleaning. The secret is to decide to clean for a specific period of time – fifteen minutes, 30 minutes, an hour or whatever. A timer should be set, energetic music turned on, and the house cleaned diligently for that amount of time. When the time is up, the cleaning can STOP. Usually small, consistent periods of house cleaning are more efficient and enjoyable than huge "all or nothing" days.
Tip #2: Amount: Divide and conquer.
House cleaning can be divided by tasks or rooms. In other words, one cleaning day can be assigned to specific tasks such as vacuuming or dusting and polishing or cleaning the windows or mopping the floors. Or the cleaning time can be used for cleaning of one room, perhaps Monday for the kitchen, Tuesdays for the bathrooms, etc.
Tip #3: Strategy: Clean general to specific.
Before house cleaning is done by tasks or rooms, all trash should be gathered into a trash bag and thrown away. Next, all the clutter should be picked up, put in a bag and distributed to the various rooms. If there is too much clutter, it should be thrown or given away. All family members need to have enough boxes, crates, or shelves to store their stuff.
Tip #4: Laundry: Use the basket system.
Laundry can become a monster. It's useful to have separate baskets for whites, colors, linens and heavy duty clothes like jeans. The baskets don't all have to be in the bathroom. They can be put wherever is convenient. After putting away the clutter, pick one basket to wash while doing other cleaning. If that basket doesn't fill the washing machine, get another basket of the same category.
Tip #5: Supplies: Be prepared.
Whether cleaning by task or by room, have the supplies available. All the bathrooms should have their bunch of cleaners, sponges, rags and trash bags. These can be put in a small plastic basket and stored under the sink. For the other rooms or tasks, the necessary supplies can be put in a basket and carried to the location to be cleaned.