The struggle lies in having a home that is clean and welcoming enough to gather in without having to spend hours cleaning to get it that way. Read on to find our top tips that will help you clean less and live more.
CLEAN LESS WITH PREVENTION
The most effective way to cut back on cleaning for more living time is to minimize mess. We’re yet to discover any mess repellent solutions, but there are some tricks for your home that will help prevent it.
The first is to use inside and outside mats for external entryways. On the outside, use a rugged outdoor mat that will hold up to the elements and do a good job of scraping away chunks of dirt, mud and muck. A finer secondary mat on the inside should be used to wipe up smaller bits of dirt and excess moisture.
It will also help if you encourage people to take their shoes off and leave them by the front door. For especially dirty footwear like rubber boots and hiking shoes, we would suggest using a boot tray that you can shake off periodically rather than having to mop and clean the floor.
Our favourite preventative tip for the kitchen is to stop splatter. Do this in the microwave by placing a paper towel or plate over your food when you heat it up, and invest in a splatter guard to catch wayward sprays before they turn into something you’ll need to wipe off the stove.
CLEAN AS YOU GO
It may seem counterintuitive, but cleaning more often will help you clean less. We’re not talking about scrubbing your bathroom or degreasing the oven, we’re talking about staying on top of everyday mess before it turns into a hefty cleaning task.
This means wiping up spills right after they happen, cleaning dishes after each meal, putting away clothes when you take them off, and putting things away after each use.
If you aren’t in the habit of cleaning as you go, there are a few things you can do to help. For example, rather than piling dirty dishes in the sink, change where you put them. Placing dishes in the sink puts them out of sight. Consider lining them up on your countertop beside the sink so that you can see them.
If you’re in a bad habit of throwing your clothes onto a seat or a bedroom bench, simply remove it. This way the only option is to put your clothes in the laundry bin, or back in the wardrobe. Just make sure you don’t end up leaving your clothes on the floor instead!
CLEAN LESS WITH A SURFACE SWEEP
A morning or nighttime ‘surface sweep’ is another good way to stay on top of mess. The idea is to go over the surfaces of your home (for example, the dining table, and coffee tables and kitchen countertops) once a day to quickly declutter. This works under the same principle of clearing up mess before it turns into a huge chore. You’d be surprised how much cleaner your home will feel simply by keeping your surfaces in order.
USE THE RIGHT TOOLS
When it is time to put in a little elbow grease, make it quick by using the right tools. One of the easiest time-saving cleaning tricks is using microfiber when you dust and wipe – and this should be done first!
Conventional dusters and cloths typically spread dust around. Good quality microfiber cloths are made of microscopic fibres that are thinner than human hair. This means that they are incredibly effective at trapping dust, dirt, oils and bacteria rather than spreading them around. By using a cloth that picks up the mess, you won’t have to wipe anything a second time.
LESS STUFF FOR LESS CLEANING
Marie Kondo isn’t taking the world by storm for nothing. There are many positives to decluttering your home, and one of them is faster cleaning.
The less stuff you have to move and clean around, the faster your task will be. We previously wrote about the issue of hoarding and gave some practical steps on how to declutter on this blog.
HAVE SOMEONE CLEAN FOR YOU!
Home cleaning: it’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it. Perhaps you haven’t considered that it actually doesn’t have to be you!
Mess is an inevitable part of living life and there’s no way to completely avoid it. You can get the best of both worlds by hiring the services of professional cleaners to help you maintain a clean home. But not all cleaning services are created equal; there are definitely some things to look out for to ensure you find a suitable service.