Are you feeling overwhelmed by the level of mess in your house but don’t know how to get started? It’s easier than you think. By focusing on quick wins and efficiency when cleaning, you’ll soon be able to clean entire rooms without feeling overwhelmed. Tidying is more than possible when you have a plan.
If this sounds too good to be true, we’re here to guide you through the process. Read on to learn all about our speed clean and tidying up tips for a home that brings you peace!
Before you even begin, it’s important that you take time and plan ahead. This is because you want to avoid burning yourself out by tackling mounds of untidy messes. Without a plan, you won’t be able to feel pleased with your progress because you’re focusing on the impossible task of cleaning to perfection in only a short amount of time.
Instead, it’s important to break up your cleaning routine into easy to manage segments that include plenty of breaks.
This is the easiest way to start feeling if you’re feeling especially overwhelmed. Focus on countertops and tabletops and even the ledges of windows, and try not to focus on anything else. Cleaning off clutter from surfaces make a big visual impact that’s rewarding and motivating.
You can also identify three to four chores that you need to do every day in order to feel good at the end of the night. Once you get those chores completed, check your energy levels, and choose the next chore that should be prioritised. This can be as simple as making your bed, washing the dishes, and sweeping the floors.
You can also identify certain areas of the home that are particularly bothering you. These may be areas that you’re avoiding because they’re too overwhelming to look at. Instead of thinking that you need to tackle the entire room, focus on one section at a time. Choose a single corner or segment and clean it as thoroughly as possible. Then, move on to the next segment in a clockwise direction.
This gives you the ability to take plenty of breaks as well as feel a sense of accomplishment as you tackle one section at a time.
Timed tidying strategies
Another strategy is to tidy as much as you can by timing yourself. Set your timer to any time you choose, and then focus on tidying as much as you can before the timer rings.
This is also a great option if you need to do an emergency tidy up before unexpected guests come over, or if you feel as if you’re in a rut. Remember that you can also get your family and friends involved!
Five minute tidying
You can get done more than you think you can in only five minutes. We recommend starting with this time if you feel overwhelmed by your home and don’t know where to start. Remember that these tasks can be chained together in order to build habits easily.
Make your bed
You can do this as soon as you wake up. This often takes less than one minute, and even younger children can help you out.
Jackets and shoes
As soon as you come home, remember to hang up your jackets and put your shoes away. These small tasks can save you a lot of time in the future.
With only a good multi-purpose cleaner and a cloth, you can quickly wipe down surfaces in your home in under a minute. It’s easy for kitchen counters and tables to accumulate crumbs and stains after a day of use.
10 minute tidying
If you have more time or energy after the five minutes are up, we recommend taking a short break and then moving on to chores that take about 10 minutes. These chores will also give you quick wins by creating a rewarding visual impact on your space.
Do the dishes
If you don’t have a dishwasher, you can make this chore more pleasant by purchasing some dishwashing gloves and dishwashing liquid that smells great.
Sweep or mop
Depending on the size of the room or your home, you can quickly sweep and mop your floors in less time than you think. Focus on cleaning one room and move on to the next if you still have time.
Do you have piles of magazines, books, or documents in certain areas of your home? Choose a pile and focus on decluttering it until the pile is put away or recycled. Remember that you can purchase attractive baskets to easily store your piles.
Vacuuming can be just as quick as sweeping or mopping. Focus on areas of your home that have the most foot traffic first, then move on to different rooms or areas.
Windows and mirrors
It’s easy to neglect windows and mirrors, but they’re relatively easy and quick to clean. With a glass cleaner, use a rag or paper towel and start on the mirrors you use the most. Then move on to windows that have the best views.
15 minute tidying
You’re probably starting to get a sense that cleaning your home is far easier when you break down each room into separate chores and tasks. Remember that it isn’t reasonable to expect a perfectly clean home in only a few hours.
By doing as much as you can in timed segments and then giving yourself a break afterward, you’ll be able to clean and tidy without burning out.
Fifteen-minute tidying segments are best if you focus on doing a combination of 10-minute chores and five minutes chores, or if you focus on one chore spread out over several rooms. Here are a few ideas:
- Make your bed, wipe down surfaces, and do the dishes
- Vacuum three rooms
- Clean all the mirrors
- Tackle two piles of clutter
All of these activities should take you about 15 minutes, but remember that the time can vary depending on the size of your home and the level of clutter.
20 minute tidying
These 20-minute tasks can be broken up throughout the day so that you’re not overwhelmed or burned out. You can also combine a 20-minute task with a quick tidy up that only takes five minutes if you still feel energised and motivated afterward.
Toss expired foods
Expired foods have a tendency of taking up spaces in our fridges and cupboards. It also makes meal planning harder if you’re not sure what you have in the pantry is edible. With a trash can at your side, don’t hesitate to throw out expired food, cans, and even plastic containers of meals that you feel reluctant to clean.
Dust builds up in your home no matter how clean you are. We recommend starting at the top of a room while dusting and moving to the bottom. This is because the dust will naturally fall as you clean.
Some people find that opening mail causes anxiety, especially if you’re dealing with late bills or debts. It helps to plan ahead and block off time to focus on opening your mail. Make the chore more pleasant by listening to music or a podcast as you examine each piece of mail.
Change air filters
It’s important to change your air filters each month so that your air-conditioning works efficiently. If it takes you less than twenty minutes, follow up by dusting the vents as well as the blades of your ceiling fans.
Put away clothes
Piles of clothes can make a bedroom appear messier than it actually is. By taking the time to fold and put away your clothes, you’ll probably find that your bedroom will look significantly less messy. If your clothes are wrinkly from being in a pile, focus instead on folding or hanging them up. When it’s time to use them, you can iron and straighten them out then.
Speed clean techniques for a happy home
It’s important to remember that a speed clean doesn’t mean a subpar clean. Cleaning your home doesn’t have to be an exhausting affair in order to be effective. By focusing on tidying in small segments, you’ll get the same amount done in an even more effective manner.
Consider what works best for you, your schedule, and the amount of energy you have. Then, tackle the chores you can in a set amount of time. Most importantly, remember to admire your work and give yourself a pat on the back.
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