Does your house make you feel stressed? Here’s how to clean your house fast, in less than 30 minutes a day!
I’m sure it comes as no surprise to you that if your house is left uncleaned for a few days it will soon look like a pigs pen. With dirt dragged all across the floor to clothes and toys strewn everywhere, cleaning a house can become a daunting task.
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Have you ever felt that way? Maybe you’re usually really good at cleaning your house on a regular basis but something came up that made you miss your cleaning day and now, a week later, your house is an overwhelming mess and you don’t know where to start.
Can anyone relate, or is it just me?
If you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed by a messy house and not sure where to start cleaning up, here are 9 ways how to clean your house fast, in LESS THAN 30 minutes a day.
Chances are, you’re busy enough working and chasing your kids around that you do not need another big task thrown onto your plate, so we’ll keep it simple. Rather than thinking you have to get your entire house cleaned in one day and one day only, I’m giving you permission to take it slow.
Focus on completing a few of these quick cleaning tasks each day so you are spending minimal time cleaning, yet you’re still working your way to a clean house.
Are you ready to learn how? First, grab your favorite cleaning cloths (these are mine – they work AMAZINGLY), then get to cleaning. Here’s a cheaper alternative to my favorite cleaning cloths.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR HOUSE FAST – IN LESS THAN 30 MINUTES A DAY
1. PICK UP AS YOU GO
This is an extremely important task. Rather than leaving dishes and other stuff all over the house throughout the day, if you pick up as you go through your day you will be saving yourself a lot of clean up time at the end of the day.
Maybe you had your morning coffee in the living room, rather than leaving the mug in there when you’re done, take it to the kitchen and either hand wash it right away, or load it up into the dishwasher.
If the kids are heading for nap time, have everyone join in and do a quick 5-minute clean up of all the toys before they go to bed.
2. WASH DISHES AS THEY GET DIRTY
Rather than leaving all the dishes sitting on the counter (or around the house) until the end of the day, make a habit out of washing them as soon as you use them.
If lunch is done, clean up all the dishes you used to make lunch and clean up the dishes used to eat right after lunch is finished. Teach your kids to bring their own dishes to the sink, rather than leaving them sitting on the table.
Washing dishes throughout the day as soon as they get dirty will save you a lot of time at the end of your day – this way you won’t have such a massive pile of dishes to be washed, and you won’t have to spend time trying to scrub food off of dishes that has decided to attach itself to the dish over the course of the day.
3. WIPE COUNTERS, TABLES, AND STOVETOPS
After every meal, wipe off the counter, table, and stovetop (if used) to scoop up any crumbs or wipe off any messes that may become stuck on over time.
You can use your regular dishcloth to wipe down the kitchen counter, table, and stovetop.
Wiping these three things should take you less than 2 minutes and will help keep your house looking cleaner throughout the day, rather than having crumbs and spilled messes sitting on the table all day.
4. KEEP SURFACES CLEAR OF CLUTTER
For some reason, surfaces that have any amount of available space seem to quickly become a dumping grounds for all our stuff. The mail, the keys, the shopping bags, it all seems to pile up on the counters over the day.
To prevent this from happening, make a habit of putting things in their place right away. If you don’t have space for it, should it really be in your home? (More on that later).
When you get home from running errands, or as you’re going through your day, be sure to put things away in their proper places as soon as you’re done with whatever it is you’re using. Don’t just place it on the countertop and forget about it – put it where it belongs.
5. A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING
If you don’t have a place designated for a certain object in your home, it might be time to say goodbye to it. When you have more stuff than you do available space, it’s not long before your house will start to look packed, cramped, and cluttered.
To avoid this, create a place for everything and be sure you always put stuff back in its place. And, if there isn’t a place for something, weigh the options – could you live without it? Will you donate it, sell it, or toss it? Should you give something else away to create space for this?
6. SWEEP THE KITCHEN FLOOR
If you put this chore on your “every day” chore list it should take you no more than a couple minutes to complete and it will help keep your entire house looking neat and tidy.
When crumbs get left on the floor they then attach themselves to little feet and get dragged around the entire house – so it’s no longer just the kitchen floor that needs to be swept up, but the whole house.
Save yourself the time and trouble and take a minute after mealtime to quickly sweep the kitchen floor.
Not into sweeping? Grab one of these to keep your floors clean without any effort.
7. DON’T BE AFRAID TO THROW THINGS OUT
Do you seem to have an ever-growing pile of toys, clothes, and other miscellaneous things that need to be mended or fixed? If so, don’t be afraid to start tossing things as they break. If it’s a cheap kids toy, rather than putting it on the “to fix” pile, consider how many other toys your kids have and don’t be afraid to toss it.
If it’s another pair of pants that has a large tear that is, let’s face it, far beyond being fixable, it’s time to throw them out. I know how terrible it can feel to throw something out when all it needs is a “little fix”, but if you’re never going to get around to fixing that little thing and it’s going to sit, broken, collecting dust for the next while, you’re doing yourself a big favor by throwing it out now.
8. WIPE OUT BATHROOM SINKS
Bathroom sinks can become extremely dirty in a little amount of time. Whether it’s washing little hands that were playing in the mud, rinsing off a dirty rag, or just washing your hands, the sinks can acquire a build up of soap scum and dirt so it’s not a bad idea to quickly take a rag with some soap on it and give all the sinks a wipe down.
Depending on how many sinks you have in your house, this task shouldn’t take you longer than 5 minutes and will likely take you much less time than that.
9. PUT CLOTHES AWAY
Rather than leaving clothes lying around on the floor, put the clothes where they belong. Put the dirty clothes directly into the laundry hamper, and fold the clean clothes back up and put them where they belong.
As a bonus, you can also do a load of laundry a day – but that will require a bit more time out of you.
If you have kids, there’s a good chance you could get away with doing a load of laundry a day, or even one every two days. Rather than letting the laundry build up over the week then having to spend an entire day doing nothing but many, many loads of laundry, you can start doing loads throughout the week.
This way you’re only spending a small portion of your day washing, drying, and folding laundry rather than an entire day.
The great thing when it comes to doing a load of laundry is that while it is washing and drying you can use that time to complete other tasks, play with the kids, work, or relax.
Congratulations, you made it! While reading through the whole list you might start to feel a bit overwhelmed, but you don’t have to. If you take everything from this list and do it once a day, completing all these tasks should take you no longer than 30 minutes (at most!). Doing quick, small cleaning tasks every day truly is the easiest way how to clean your house fast – and how to KEEP it clean.
If you make a habit of doing these tasks as you face them throughout the day – washing dishes as soon as you’re done with them, wiping down counters and tables after mealtime, putting clothes away as kids get changed, and putting things in their place as soon as you’re done with them, these everyday cleaning tasks will take you minimal time and you will be surprised at the difference it makes in your home.
Now it’s your time to dive in and start creating a clean and organized home. I’d love to hear what some of your favorite tips are for how to clean your house fast.
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