You don’t like cleaning the house. Who does? But, it has to be done. Fortunately, cleaning doesn’t have to be an all-day affair. Here’s how to get the job done in just 15 minutes a day.
Make a Cleaning Schedule
Making a schedule is the number one way to stay on track and prevent your house from deteriorating into a big mess. Each day of the week, assign yourself, and a family member, a task. It could be as simple as cleaning the bedroom, including vacuuming and dusting.
Since you only have to be concerned with one room in the house, you can spend more time on this area than you could if you had to devote the entire day to cleaning the whole house. So, for example, if you had 10 rooms to clean on your own, you might not spend 15 or 20 minutes on a room. You might only want to spend 5 minutes on it and move on.
With this method, you can devote a good 15 minutes to cleaning. And, because you’re focused and not rushed, you’ll do a better job. At the end of the week, your entire home will be clean. During the week, your home stays cleaner, overall, than it otherwise would.
Set a Timer
To keep you motivated, set a timer. Decide how long you would like to spend cleaning every room. If it’s 15 minutes, set a timer for 15 minutes. If you can’t get everything done in one day, don’t sweat it. Work on hitting the goal, and eventually you’ll get it.
Pick One Room of the House per Day, Or Two If You Have an Exceptionally Large Home
Rather than stress out about which room to start with, just pick one room and go with it. Really, this should be decided in your weekly plan. But if, for some reason, you decide not to do that, randomly pick a room and start cleaning.
Get Yourself Steam Cleaners for the Floor
You can use wipes for counters, and foaming spray in the bathroom, and a variety of cleaning supplies for the nooks and crannies, but for floors it’s tough to beat a good quality steam cleaner. Mops and buckets are old-school, but they take a lot of time to get set up. And, it’s hard to incorporate them into a “15 minute” schedule for cleaning. It might take 5 minutes just to get everything set up. With a steam mop that you can plug in, you just plug in and wait 30 seconds. Then, start steaming. Just don’t forget to sweep up a bit.
Keep All of your Cleaning Supplies in a Basket, Ready to Go
This is probably one of the easiest ways to “prime the pump.” If you have to hunt for cleaning supplies every day, you’re going to get sick of cleaning real fast. Keeping the supplies handy in a small plastic container makes it easy to pick them up and go, go, go.
It also prevents you from losing something important, like paper towels or foaming spray.
Robert Briley loves to have guests over to his large home, often at the last minute. He is always on the lookout for ways to clean, cook and entertain, and loves to share them online. Look for his helpful posts on home, lifestyle and entertainment websites.