When you’re a busy person, whether than means working a full time job, being an entrepreneur, or something else that takes up a lot of time, you can’t afford to spend hours a day cleaning your home. Read on to learn some of my not-mom-approved cleaning hacks for a neater house in no time, so you can get back to work! Here are my house cleaning hacks for busy people.
4 House Cleaning Hacks for Busy People
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For cleaning your house or apartment, you have a few options. Some people recommend that you hire a housekeeper or maid to do all of this for you so it’s completely off your plate. If money is no problem, then outsourcing everything that you don’t have to do is a great thing to do and keeps you focused on what you do best.
But if a cleaner isn’t in your budget or you just don’t want someone to be cleaning your house while you’re at home trying to work (or taking care of your kids, etc), then what I’d personally recommend is simplifying your cleaning list as much as possible and making the individual tasks easier.
Your house does NOT have to be spotless. You have permission to not be perfect in every area of your life.
So, here we go. First, write out a master list of chores. This is basically everything you can think of that you think you *should* be doing to clean your house. We’re going to ninja-chop through this list in a second.
Here is a list of what you’re “supposed” to do…
– Wiping down countertops
– Mopping or Swiffering hard floors
– Picking up things
– Cleaning kitchen appliances
– Cleaning the bathroom
– Cleaning up after pets
– Making the bed
– Cleaning the shower / tub
– Cleaning the toilet
– Cleaning sinks
– Washing dishes
– Doing the laundry
– Cleaning windows
– Cleaning mirrors
Now I’m going to make my mom cringe and point out the cleaning tasks that actually matter and are worth your time, while cutting out all the rest. This is the stuff that makes a visible difference to the cleanliness of your abode.
1. Vacuum carpet and hard floors at the same time to save time (instead of a separate Swiffer or mop).
No more dust bunnies or crumbs lurking around! I’d recommend a lightweight cordless vacuum like this one to keep things simple. Saves time because it is cordless (don’t have to keep plugging it in in different rooms) and it turns 180 degrees and can go flat to clean under things easily. Also has a detachable hand vacuum. OR if you really want to automate this area of your life, splurge for a Roomba and have the robots do your dirty work for you. 😃
I have this Electrolux Ergorapido cordless vaccuum and I absolutely love it! It makes me actually WANT to clean things. How scary. 😉 I use it on carpet and tile and even to pick up cat litter! Saves a lot of time to get everything clean in one go-through.
2. Pick up things off the floor for an instantly cleaner look
(If your floors and surfaces are always clear and uncluttered, your space looks SO MUCH CLEANER with no extra effort). To further automate this task, once you’ve picked everything up, make sure you designate a home for each item and put things where they belong in the future so you don’t actually have to pick things up again. 😃
Remember this minimalist rule: “Keep surfaces clear.”
3. “Kind of” make your bed for a more put-together room
(Pull up the covers on your bed and put the pillow on top… takes 5 seconds flat but it looks less messy than an unmade bed). That also means no random clothes, extra blankets, papers, etc laying around on your bed. The state of your bed alone can instantly make the whole room look clean or cluttered.
4. Wipe down counters, appliances, windows, surfaces, and more
… with a paper towel or sponge and the cleaning solution of your choice. I clean basically everything with vinegar (and sometimes baking soda). Then I don’t have to bother with owning 50 different cleaning supplies, and it keeps life simple.
So if you’re following along, you basically would just need a small vacuum, paper towels, and vinegar to clean your whole house instead of 10,000 different gadgets that each only do something oddly specific. Get creative with the limitations 😉
Oh, and I guess you have to keep doing laundry and the dishes. But all you have to do for that is stuff it in the washer / dishwasher and walk away (you can work / be productive while that’s going). 🙂
Honestly the biggest part of making your space look clean is decluttering things. All the cleaning in the world won’t help if there is too much stuff and no room to breathe. Decluttering will also make you feel less stressed and cramped, thus making you a better worker!
And bonus: the fewer things you have, the less you have to clean. Woo!
[Related: 17 Things You Can Declutter Without Missing]
So, there you have it. House cleaning hacks to make your life as a busy person easier and more productive so you can spend more time doing your actual work, or whatever it is you’re busy with. 🙂 Good luck!