Most people like a clean, organized house or apartment. But who always has the time?
Sometimes, life happens and things get away from you.
Then it feels like things will never be clean again.
We understand, we really do.
Here’s a guide to house cleaning hacks that will have your space in great shape, and in just one hour!
House cleaning: what’s first?
Faced with stacks of junk mail and piles of clothes, you’re likely feeling behind before you begin.
Overwhelmed, you get lost in the small tasks and end up with almost nothing accomplished.
Decide in advance what you want your end result to be.
This isn’t about scrubbing the grout with a toothbrush. This is a house cleaning routine you can do quickly that frees up time for other (more fun!) things.
It’s even possible to tidy up a larger house in just an hour if you have a good plan.
Get it really clean
To make a 60-minute routine work, you may have to devote some extra time in the beginning.
After that, it’s much easier to maintain what’s already mostly clean.
Even if you don’t have time to do a deep house cleaning, don’t worry.
You can still start your 60-minute routine now. You may even realize that things aren’t as bad as you thought.
Right tools for the job
You wouldn’t try to vacuum the carpet with a broom, so make sure you’ve got the right cleaning supplies.
- Quick wipes can make easy work of your bathroom counters.
- Pair those with a Magic Eraser and you’ll have things sparkling in no time.
- Disposable dusters make fast work of your shelves and tables and give you a fresh start each time.
Put all that stuff into a caddy that you can take with you to each room. Take the caddy and put it into an empty laundry basket or box.
That way, as you’re going room to room, you can gather the stuff that doesn’t belong, but you’re not wasting time going back and forth.
Check out Martha Stewart’s top cleaning supplies for other ideas.
Clean house + workout, check
Make sure you’re dressed in something comfy, too.
This isn’t a fashion show, it’s more like a workout to go along with your cleaning.
You’re moving fast, and maybe even getting a little sweaty, make sure you’re dressed for it.
Everyone pitches in
If you’re a +1 family, get everyone into the act.
If your kids are old enough, assign them tasks.
They might not do it as quickly as you would but it’ll get done just the same.
Get some advice on what chores are good for kids, and if you should pay them an allowance.
The key to keeping your routine to an hour is using a timer, at least at first.
Take the number of areas you have to clean and divide it by 60.
You may need to adjust each number a little, depending on how it works out.
For example, your bedroom may take less overall cleaning than your bathroom.
Once you figure out that magic number and do it a few times, you won’t need to set a timer.
For now, grab your phone or an egg timer from your kitchen, so you can stay on track.
If you don’t want to do the math, give each spot 10 minutes, choose 6 areas to clean. Done!
Remember the part about wearing something comfy because you’re moving fast?
The best way to keep that pace up is with music.
Just like you would during a run or other workout, a great Pandora station can make the difference. Listen to something fast and fun to keep your motivation up.
If you have an Amazon Echo, check out our hacks to get Alexa playing your favorites.
Ready, set, clean!
You’ve got a plan and a goal in mind.
But where to begin?
While you’re fresh and ready to go, start in the room that’s your least favorite to clean.
You’re the most motivated and can knock out it out, pronto.
Room by room tips
Here are some specific tasks that can help speed up your house cleaning routine.
Some cleaners do their job without a bunch of scrubbing on your part.
Find the best cleaner for your tub/shower, and spray it down first thing.
Spray the sink down next: a quick wipe down and you’re nearly done.
A clean faucet makes everything else look cleaner, wipe it down last.
Out of sight, out of mind, as the saying goes.
Don’t leave pots and pans on the stovetop, even if they’re clean.
Wipe down the stovetop and use a dry towel to wipe away streaks.
Same goes for the front of your fridge and countertops.
Take out the trash last, after you’re done with all the disposables.
Stand in the doorway (or whatever entrance you have) and survey the entire room.
What jumps out at you?
That’s the first thing you should tidy up.
After that, grab the vacuum cleaner to freshen up your floors (or the quick mop, if you don’t have carpet).
There are various opinions, so it really comes down to what you prefer.
Putting away clean laundry, shutting drawers and closet doors, all help to make things tidy in a hurry.
A quick dusting of the nightstand and you’re done.
The little house cleaning things that make a big difference
A few minutes of effort each day can go a long way toward keeping your house cleaner, longer:
- If you dirty it, wash it immediately (or put it in the dishwasher, not the sink).
- Put things back as you use them.
- Don’t just throw dirty laundry on the floor, toss it into the hamper (and move the hamper if it’s not making it easy to do that).
When you leave a room, take a last look for quick things you can do:
- Fold up the blanket you were using and straighten the throw pillows on the sofa.
- Straighten up the magazines or books on the end table.
- Push the chairs in at the table or bar.
Things that literally take seconds instantly make the room appear neater and more organized.
Hacks aren’t just for house cleaning
Congrats! You’ve gotten your house cleaning routine down to just 60 short minutes.
But don’t stop there.