Has disaster struck your house?
I’m not talking a flooded basement or a tree that fell through the roof – I’m talking disaster in the form of littles running around leaving a trail of toys, crumbs, and dirt wherever they go and cleaning duties that have been neglected for far too long.
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Piles of laundry, toys, and dishes that litter your house. Dust bunnies that have turned into a whole family of dust bunnies…
…floors that haven’t seen the light of day in weeks.
Do you know what it feels like to feel absolutely overwhelmed with the mess in your house?
(If not, and you’re just looking for some ways to clean your house quickly, these are all you really need.)
If you’re ready to tackle the mess in your house, use this guide to learn how to clean every room in your house FAST. (Even when your home is a disaster.)
If you’re wondering:
Want to skip the entire post and just get the room-by-room home deep cleaning checklist? Grab it below.
So, you let your house sit for a few weeks too long and now the mess overwhelms you. If only you had taken that 20 minutes last week to clean your house, you wouldn’t be faced with such a daunting task today.
But you didn’t.
And now you’re here. (I know how this feels, and it is NOT fun.)
Staring at a house that would honestly look better if it had blown away. But instead, you’re stuck with a house that is an absolute MESS and you don’t have any idea where to start cleaning it.
If you’re an exhausted momma who just doesn’t have time to face the mess right now but but knows she needs to, here are some of the best tips to help you learn how to clean every room in your house that you can start doing today to take your home from disaster zone to presentable in little time and with as little effort as possible (I’m all about keeping things simple, and THIS helps keep cleaning simple).
If you’re ready to face the mess and are looking for an article that will provide you with the exact steps you need to take in order to achieve a clean home in step-by-step and room-by-room form, this is it.
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HOW TO CLEAN EVERY ROOM IN YOUR HOUSE (STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS)
MAKE A GAME PLAN
First thing’s first –
Before you dive in and start cleaning your house like a madwoman, you will want to sit down and make a game plan and set some goals. It’s a lot harder to work towards something if you don’t know what it is you’re working towards. The first step is to set a game plan that you can stick to. One that won’t take too long to achieve, but that will get the job done.
Don’t just set a goal of working towards a cleaner house. Try getting more precise. Set a goal along the lines of, “I want to have a completely clean house by this date” or, “I will have the living room clean and completely decluttered from ceiling to floor in X amount of hours”.
Setting specific goals with a specific timeline is exactly what is going to help you go from where you are to where you want to be. (Where DO you want to be?)
When you’re working towards something that you really want you will have an easier time keeping yourself going when you run out of motivation, so it’s important that you sit down and decide what it is that you really want. (Want a house that sparkles from top to bottom? Just want to focus on cleaning the bedrooms for now? Want to get your living room furniture clean?)
Before you get up and start cleaning, sit back and write down some specific goals you want to achieve and set dates that you want to achieve them by. You can even go into so much detail as to write down how you are going to achieve those goals. (This is what I like to use to make my game plan and set my cleaning goals.)
This IS an important step, but it’s also important that you don’t get too hung up on it… don’t focus so much on this step that you get stuck here for another couple of weeks. You should be able to create your game plan in one afternoon.
You can use a scrap piece of paper to create your cleaning goals and how you’re going to achieve them, or you can use this Goal Getter to keep you on track.
DO A QUICK “SHALLOW” CLEAN
“A shallow clean??”
When you’re ready to start cleaning, the first thing you want to do is quickly go through your ENTIRE house and get rid of all the clutter and items that don’t belong there.
Cleaning is a million times more difficult to do when you’re trying to clean around clutter and miscellaneous objects. The less stuff you have in your house, the easier it will be to clean.
You can quickly do this by going through each and every room of your house with two of these baskets in hand (really, you could just use a couple of these bags, but I think this basket is SO cute, it’s worth using – and I love that once you’re done with it it can double as home decor).
When you get into one room, put any items that you no longer need (broken items or items that you could donate or sell) into one basket, and put items that are misplaced into the other basket (items you are going to keep, but that aren’t in their proper place).
If there are bigger items that don’t fit into your organizing baskets you can put them into piles on the floor.
Now you will want to find all the items that do belong in that room, but aren’t in their proper place, and put them where they belong.
Once you’re finished going through everything in that room you will want to start with putting everything on the floor away (whether that means throwing them out, putting them back where they belong or putting them into a donation box).
Once you have the floor cleaned up, put all the items from the basket away in their proper places, as well.
One thing many families struggle with is misplaced shoes. Shoes seem to end up all over the house. Something you can do about that is use a 3-tier shoe rack like this one at your front door and encourage your family members to remove their shoes as soon as they get into the house (this will help keep shoes organized and in one place AS WELL as cut down on the amount of dirt that gets drug throughout the house).
Repeat this process for every room in your house, then you’ll be ready to start cleaning.
WORK IN ONE AREA UNTIL IT IS COMPLETED
A lot of the time when we (I) do a boring chore, people will tend to lose interest or focus in what they’re doing and start floating around their house in an effort to feel like they’re being productive, without actually doing much of anything.
(Have you ever had one of those days when it felt like you were constantly busy, yet got nothing done?)
No matter how boring the task, chore, or job you’re doing is, to get the most out of your cleaning efforts learning how to work in one area is important. Don’t work in one area until it’s halfway done. Work in that area until it is COMPLETELY done.
I am someone who tends to lose focus on tasks VERY quickly, and I like to move on to something more interesting as soon as I start to get bored (and since I consider cleaning and tidying our house a boring job, this is NOT a good habit…). To keep myself focused on one task through to completion, I’ve started training myself to use a timer like this one.
Using a timer really helps me focus on one area of our house until I’m completely finished (and it challenges me to get as much as I can done before the timer goes off).
When you float around the different areas of your house, dabbling in a bit of cleaning up here and a bit of cleaning up there, you spend a lot of your time walking from one place to the next, when all that wasted time could have been used to focus on one task and see it through to completion.
Keep in mind:
You don’t want to spend so much time cleaning one area of your house that you run out of time (or motivation) to clean the other areas of your house.
To ensure this doesn’t happen you will want to set a pace that allows you to do a good job where you are working, but still allow you enough time to get all the different areas of your house cleaned in the timeline you set for yourself. (Remember your game plan?)
The reason I have started to love using this method of cleaning (focusing on ONE task all the way through completion) is because once I’m done in a certain area or room of our house, I don’t have to go back to it. I’m completely done there. I can even close the door so I remember that room is DONE. Click here to grab your Kikkerland Cat to help you focus on one task at a time.
USE THIS HOW TO CLEAN EVERY ROOM IN YOUR HOUSE CHECKLIST
Now that you’ve created a game plan, done a quick “shallow clean” of your house (gotten rid of the unnecessary clutter), and are using this to focus on one area of your house at a time, you’re ready to START CLEANING.
Now it’s time to grab and print off your free checklist that will walk you through exactly how to clean every room in your house.
Now go get to work – no more procrastinating and finding ways to put it off, if your house is in need of a deep clean, it’s better to start now than to let it sit for months on end. Use your deep cleaning checklist to work your way through your entire house in no time.
What are your favorite tips on how to clean every room in your house? I’d love to hear from you!
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