While cleaning is an unfortunate necessary evil, I personally don’t enjoy spending hours upon hours each week deep cleaning my house until I’m blue in the face. My time is limited and valuable to me, so I have to set priorities when it comes to housework.
Because of this, one of two things will inevitably end up happening here: 1. I don’t clean at all. Or 2. I clean what I can, as fast as I can, and be done with it.
For the sake of my family and my marriage, I’ll take option #2. 🙂
So I’ve assembled some quick cleaning tips that help me bust it out when time is of the essence, and I needed to get ‘er done, like, yesterday.
So that we can get right to it, I promise I’m going to keep this short and sweet.
Clean the bathroom while the kids are in the bathtub.
My kids really like to take their time in the bath. They would be in there for hours if I let them. So wouldn’t it make sense to be productive while in the midst of overseeing bath time? (your children’s ages permitting, of course!)
The funny thing about cleaning the bathroom is that it really doesn’t take that long if I just roll up my sleeves and get right to it. I’m talking 5 minutes here, guys. So I’ll quickly wipe down the counters, sink, toilet, and clean the mirror.
Congratulations, you just quickly completed the World’s Most Dreaded Chore.
I take that back, THE LAUNDRY is the World’s Most Dreaded Chore Ever. There are few chores that I truly can’t stand, but the laundry is #1.
Allow me to whine for a minute…why does it have to get SO out of control SO quickly and easily. What simply started as missing ONE single tiny day of laundry suddenly morphed into this ginormous heaping monster pile of stinky clothes in hallways, bedrooms, and overflowing laundry bins everywhere.
But this single laundry tip has revolutionized my laundry routine forever. It’s changed my quality of life. It’s changed my family’s quality of life. It’s practically cured cancer here.
Okay, I’ll stop with the melodrama.
For real, though – it’s not rocket science. It’s really super simple. I should have been doing this all along, but I’d really rather make things as difficult for myself as I possibly can…you know, because I have nothing better to do.
Instead of letting the laundry pile up and become a ginormous weekly task (like I used to do), I do one load of laundry from start to finish each day.
Every morning I gather up ALL the laundry in the house, including towels. I throw in a load of laundry, wash and dry it, fold it, and put it away.
What initially started out as the World’s Most Dauntingly Dreaded Task has turned into a 10 minute overall process. It’s almost embarrassing.
This single task easily saves me HOURS of sorting, washing, folding, and putting away clothes throughout the week.
Strap that baby into the Ergo and vacuum/sweep/mop the entire house
My older boys are fine, but I cannot leave the baby anywhere (duh). Therefore if I want to get anything accomplished while he’s awake, I must utilize the greatest invention ever – his Ergobaby carrier.
I cannot speak more highly to this product. And my baby loves it, which makes it a million gazillion times better. I’ve actually surprised myself with how much it’s getting used around here.
So strap that sweet lil’ punkin’ pie into the Ergobaby carrier, and let’s get those floors clean!
Clean up after yourself
Put things away throughout the day. (Okay, Dr. Seuss).
Don’t leave a huge mess that will take hours to clean up. If you simply pick up as you go, what might take an hour or more if left until the end of the day will only take a few seconds if you DO IT NOW.
I believe the Nester’s article says it beautifully, so I’ll leave you with that.
Take 15 minutes to quickly clean up at the end of the day.
As a catch-all for what you might have missed throughout the day, take a quick 15 minutes to run through the house and put everything away. I find this saves so much time, and allows me to wake up the next morning feeling energized and more relaxed about the state of the house.
Hey, I get it.
We’re only human. And as clichéd as it sounds, we all only have the same 24 hours in any given day. Somethings gotta give, and sometimes that’s the housework. Which is actually a good thing because it means your priorities are in the right order.
But (sigh) nevertheless, eventually cleaning has to happen. My hope is that you will be able to put your own spin on these quick tips, and that they will encourage and inspire you to a quick, clean home in no time.
Do you have any quick cleaning tips? I’d love to hear them in the comments!
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