I hate cleaning. Really, really hate it. Chances are you do too since it’s time we could instead be spending by doing something we actually love.
In fact, I hate cleaning so much I even invested in one of those robot vacuum cleaners a few years ago. It seemed like a great investment at the time, especially if it meant no more vacuuming. HA! That was too good to be true. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still awesome, but it doesn’t replace the need to vacuum completely. It only reduces the frequency.
Still, it was a step in the right direction for a lazy girl cleaner like me, who would rather have fun with the kids than clean. Or work… work at home mum life!
Thankfully there are other ways to reduce cleaning time, and simplify your life, so you can get your house clean faster, leaving you more time for the things you would rather be doing. And requiring less last minute speed cleans if unexpected guests are on their way.
I have put together some of my favourite home cleaning tips that help me save time and keep my house clean longer.
11 Ways to Reduce Cleaning Time at Home
1. Create a Cleaning Schedule
If you have cleaning schedule in place, you will stay on top of the regular cleaning chores. This way you won’t end up playing catch up with a mega clean up once it all builds up, as it so often does once the weekend rolls around. Cleaning schedules can also help you make the most of your time by doing similar cleaning tasks on the same day each week or at the same time each day.
Here are some examples of tasks to include in your cleaning schedule at set times each day or week:
- Clean the kitchen / dishes
- Change bedding
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2. Consider Time Save Gadgets
Like my robot vacuum, there are certain gadgets that can reduce cleaning time in your home, by doing part of the job for you. This may be a matter of investing in modern appliances such as self-cleaning ovens (they don’t entirely clean but they do bake off the bulk of the oven build up), or a steam iron to get through your iron pile quicker.
One that has made a big difference recently to my cleaning time is having a cordless vacuum cleaner. My LG Cordzero C5 Cannister means no plugging in and unplugging, then plugging in somewhere else to vacuum the whole house. Or finding the longest extension cord that gets tangled on something.
A cordless vacuum cleaner also makes it easier to do small top up vacuums or areas of your home without feeling obliged to do the whole house, since it’s so quick and easy. This means my overall vacuuming time is significantly reduced. Winner!
Spray mops are another favourite in our household to help reduce time cleaning floors.
3. Have Less Stuff
Yes, I know… reforming your hoarding ways can be tough. Trust me, I know. But less stuff means less cleaning. Imagine having less to pick up and less to dust, scrub and tidy. Less stuff saves time. You can grab my awesome room by room declutter tips and checklists to help you part ways with your clutter.
I have enjoyed the process of simplifying my home over the past few years. While we still have a way to go, especially when it comes to minimising toys and kid related items, it has been really refreshing to downsize. It’s crazy how many things most of us keep ‘just in case’ and those are the things that need to go.
Here are some of my favourite decluttering tips to help you achieve a less cluttered home:
- 35 quick declutter tips
- One box declutter method
- How to avoid feeling overwhelmed by decluttering
- Simple method to downsize wardrobe
4. Eliminate Clutter Hot Spots
If there are certain places in your house, like your kitchen bench, your desk or bedside table for example, where you seem to always dump stuff instead of putting it in it’s proper place, it’s time to eliminate them now. Resist the temptation of dumping clutter in certain spots, or if you can’t resist the habit, create a place for that purpose such as a basket or drawer, and make it part of your weekly routine and cleaning schedule to return each of these items to their proper home.
5. Build Family Routines
Cleaning isn’t just your responsibility (unless you live alone). Chances are there are other members of your household you can get involved to reduce cleaning time. Give your kids weekly age appropriate chores, and maybe a dollar or two for their efforts so you can start teaching them about money too. Double bonus! We use the Barefoot Investor for families method in our household and our kids each have a special money box to keep them motivated with pocket money tasks.
Make sure the other adults in the household keep up with their fair share too. This may mean you need to have a conversation with your partner or whoever it is you share a home with. Even if one of you works full time and the other is at home, there still needs to some support with the household duties.
In the very least, making sure each member of the family puts their own dishes in the dishwasher instead of dumping in the sink is one of many simple habits everyone can do.
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6. Create New Habits
New habits can drastically reduce your cleaning time if they are the right kind of habits! A great tip my mum gave me was to keep a glass squeegee, along with some shower cleaning spray and a cloth. After every shower, use the cleaning spray to remove excess water. Once a week give the shower a spray and wipe with the cleaner and cloth. This will help reduce cleaning time by avoiding shower scum build up or need for serious elbow grease.
Try this method in other areas of the home too when 30 seconds spent cleaning every day may reduce the hour needed once a month. Wiping down the oven after each use or adding toilet cleaner before you brush your teeth, then giving it a scrub with the toilet brush once you’re finished.
A great read if you want more tips on building new habits is Atomic Habits by James Clear. It’s a very practical, no nonsense approach to creating good habits and breaking negative ones.
7. Clean As You Go
When you are busy making culinary delights in the kitchen, have your sink filled up with hot soapy water so you can wash as you go in between cooking steps. This can save loads of time, since not only do baking dishes come clean easier if they haven’t been sitting around, it will minimise cleaning time at the end of the meal when half the mess is already taken care of. The rest you can pop into the dishwasher or finish washing by hand.
This is something I have always done when I have the time. Meanwhile my husband is a use and deal with it later type of cook, so it’s pretty obvious who’s been in the kitchen. I can’t complain too much. It’s always nice to have someone cook for you!
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