Clever Cleaning Tips For Busy People
Practical Ways to Keep Your House Clean
1. If It Doesn’t Look Dirty, Don’t Clean It
I know many people think that they should completely scrub down, disinfect and vacuum every single room in their house each week, but the best way to save time and keep your home clean is to only clean the things that look dirty. “Gross!” you might think. But this practice is actually very beneficial.
Not only does this save you time, but it’s also better for your immune system and it allows you to better focus on the areas that need to be cleaned, rather than trying to clean everything just for the sake of cleaning. The end result is that you let your body be exposed to a tiny bit more dirt, which keeps your immune system in check, while simultaneously saving time and having a house that looks spotless.
2. Divide Cleaning Up Across Every Weeknight
I know this sounds like it would take more time than less, but the truth is that if you divide up cleaning during the week, it takes less time overall, especially if you heed my advice from tip #1, above. Rather than trying to clean the entire house or apartment in a single Saturday, you can spot clean the kitchen one night, the bathroom another night, and so on.
This allows you to focus more on the task at hand, rather than trying to accomplish everything in one shot. Save the rooms likely to get most messy throughout the week until Thursday or Friday, and do a quick spot cleanup of all messy areas on Friday evening. By doing so, your home will be clean for you to enjoy over your weekend and you won’t have wasted a ton of time.
3. Rinse and Put Dishes in the Dishwasher After Each Meal
If you have a dishwasher, don’t waste time hand-washing your dishes.You might think saying this sounds silly, but my mother always hand-washes her dishes despite having a perfectly functioning dishwasher in her kitchen. If you choose to wash your dishes by hand in an attempt to save water, you should know that most people waste just as much – if not more – water washing dishes by hand as compared to using a dishwasher.
So, rather than running your dishwasher after each meal, simply rinse off your dishes and put them inside throughout the week, running the dishwasher only when it is full.
A good way to cut down on dishes throughout the week is to only use one cup per person, rinsing and setting it on the countertop until you want to use it again. At the end of the week, wash all the cups in the dishwasher and get new ones for the coming week.
4. Keep Cleaning Supplies near the Areas Where You Use Them
This one’s pretty straightforward. If you keep your bathroom cleaners in the bathroom and your kitchen cleaners in the kitchen, you don’t have to trek through the entire house when you want to do some weeknight spot cleaning. You can see a mess, grab your cleaner, clean it, and move on with your night.
Before I started doing this, I would often ignore spot cleaning just because I knew I’d have to walk up the stairs twice. Yes, it’s lazy. But if that thought is what prevents you from cleaning, then remove the inconvenience so you can get more done, more quickly.
5. Throw Away Old Food on Garbage Night
We do our best to eat all of the food we purchase, but sometimes groceries get forgotten about – especially if you’re having a hectic week.
Few things are more disgusting than grabbing food out of your refrigerator only to find it covered in mold. Do yourself a favor and take an extra minute on garbage night to dump out the no-good leftovers and anything that’s expired. You’ll make more room in your fridge and you won’t have to throw gross containers into the garbage before it’s ready to be shipped away. It’s a win-win.