cleaning tips

No one really likes cleaning, I know I for one hate it, but we all have to do it at some point to avoid living in a total pig stye. If you’re like me, the hardest part is just getting started. Finding the motivation to turn off the tv, get off your butt, and actually clean can be way harder than the actual task at hand. For me, the thought of having to clean the entire house is just so overwhelming and I end up putting it off for an embarrassing amount of time. However, I have developed a system to make it much less overwhelming and actually enjoyable.

The Process

First, I make a plan of attack. I decide on what order I want to clean everything. Do I want to totally clean one room and then move to the next? Or sweep, vacuum, and mop the entire house all together?

Personally, I like to do it all at once so that I feel like I am actually making progress and not just repeating myself. By that, I mean, I like to vacuum the house all at once, so that I’m not putting the vacuum cleaner away and taking it back out every time I start a new room. This way, I take it out once, vacuum the whole house, then put it away and check vacuuming off my list. Same goes for sweeping, dusting, and mopping.

However, if you’re like me, this still seems like an overwhelming process. What I do to combat the overwhelmed feeling is, I pick one room, then one section of that room, and I pick up all the big stuff. Any clothes or trash or toys that shouldn’t be swept or vacuumed, I pick up by hand. Then, I do the same thing on another section of the room, and another, until the whole room is free of trash, clothes, and toys. Then I move onto the next room and repeat the process on the remaining rooms in my house.

By the time I am done picking up by hand, the place already looks a lot better. Now, it’s just time to make it sparkly clean. I whip put my vacuum and go back to the room I started on, in the corner I started on, and vacuum. I do it the same way as before, breaking up the rooms into sections and moving on from one section to another and one room to another.

I then mop allĀ  of my rooms with hard floors similarly to the way I vacuumed. I especially love mopping all the rooms at once because it keeps theĀ  hot water in the bucket from getting cold, which in turn saves a lot of time. Lastly, I walk through the house and just tidy up where it’s needed. If a bookshelf is a little disarray or if there’s a sticky mess on the counters, I clean it up as I go along. Remember, if you are dusting, it is best to do it after picking up the trash, but before mopping or vacuuming. This way you don’t have to worry about getting dust all over your newly cleaned floors.

That’s it?

This is by no means an exhaustive cleaning regime. Of course, there are things I missed, and for a really good deep clean you’ll probably need a steamer. This is just my quick routine that let’s me get my entire house cleaned in just just a couple of hours instead of taking all day, or procrastinating because I’m overwhelmed. You may need to tweek and adjust it a little bit for you and your home. I also didn’t really give any tips on the actual cleaning. For instance, how to get vomit stains out of the carpet, or what type of steamer is best for your floors. That’s because, honestly, I don’t know all of that stuff. But I’ve found a site that does. MrCleaning.net is a wonderful site, with tons of cleaning tips and tricks to make cleaning a breeze. I have found the site incredibly useful, and with new content being added regularly, I can’t wait to see what Mr. Cleaning posts next.