I often find myself, day after day having to clean some area of the house (most often more than one) and to be frank it gets old and tiresome. It seems that we could spend our entire day cleaning the house over and over and make but little progress. Once one area is clean, by the next day it’s dirty again- talk about a headache! If you find yourself struggling from the same dilemma, what I can offer to you, that helps me to cope with the surreal reality of non-stop cleaning, are a few and very helpful cleaning tips. Hopefully these tips will help you become more organized in your own household cleaning and make your job much easier and more efficient.

1. House cleaning schedule
When I first began cleaning house, I wasn’t very organized. My cleaning wasn’t consistent, and I often found myself trying to clean the entire house in one day, which often left me drained and tired. This experience taught me to keep a house cleaning schedule. If you’d prefer not to clean the house in one day either, then this will surely help. Dedicate specific days to certain areas of the house, and to certain cleaning activities you want to get done that day. Never overwork yourself and keep your cleaning schedule realistic. Try Focusing on bathrooms on Monday, Bedrooms on Tuesday, the living room on Wednesday, and kitchen on Thursday. Or something around that general idea. Try and keep your Friday and Saturday open and save laundry for Sunday. Tailor your schedule to work for you and your own household situation for best results.

2. House cleaning checklist
Make a checklist with all of the activities you intend to get done on the days you will be cleaning, according to your cleaning schedule. You will basically be “checking off” your goals once you finish a certain area or task. Setting goals helps you to keep a constant focus and get what you want to get done, without becoming distracted. This will also serve as a visual guide so you can see just how much work you are getting done.

3. Eliminate Distractions
When it’s time to clean, it’s time to clean. Turn off cell phones; turn down home phones. Turn off computers, televisions, or anything that can cause outside disturbance to your cleaning duties. The more you become distracted the longer it will take to get the job done; cleaning is something many would rather get done a.s.a.p. so be sure to cut out any distractions.

4. Scan all areas of the house
Before you begin your cleaning duties take note of all areas of your household that need the most cleaning. Cleaning from the areas of your house that need the most attention and working your way towards the ones that need the least will ensure long-lasting cleaning efficiency.

5. Organize Cleaning Supplies
When you have your cleaning supplies nice and organized it will save you a lot of time running back and forth looking for the proper supplies. I try and keep all cleaning supplies that I will need for the day in a carry-all bin for easy accessibility.

6. Ask for Help
More often than not, help is something we seldom get when cleaning house. Still, it never hurts to ask other members of the household to help with cleaning. And you might be surprised at the responses you will get if you kindly ask for assistance when it comes to certain household chores.

7. Listen to your favorite Music
Music can help with everything and be a great source of inspiration when it comes to doing things we don’t want to do. I can’t tell you how well this works, and how fast it makes the time go by. If you have a CD player, an mp3 player, or a stereo system to play your favorite tunes, go for it! Try getting a groove going when you’re cleaning your house. Dance, when you’re sweeping or vacuuming. Sing whilst scrubbing. Don’t be afraid to let that inner child out and release all that pent up energy and stress outwards to your cleaning activities. If other members of the household are looking at you strangely, let them! They aren’t the ones cleaning nor are they “in the groove”.

8. De-Clutter your Space
Effective cleaning can’t really begin until all spaces have been thoroughly cleaned of excess clutter. This is often a difficult task to accomplish. I often recommend putting things back immediately after they have been used. If you use something make sure to put it back when you’re done with it. This one simple step can save you loads of time having to place things back where they belong days, weeks, or even months later.

9. Alternative Cleaning Methods
Many chemical cleaning supplies purchased in stores can be hazardous to your health. There are many alternative and natural cleaning supplies that you can find in everyday household items that will help you to cut out toxic and hazardous materials in your home. Try using alternative cleaning supplies. More often than not natural cleaning supplies will do just as good a job than standard commercial cleaners.

10. Cleaner Floors
Much of the dirt that our homes accumulate actually lies on our flooring. If you have carpet, then chances are it’s loaded with the dirt that comes off from the soles of our shoes. To avoid this problem and to cut down on the need for vacuuming, consider placing a “no shoes” on carpet rule. This also applies to harder surfaces like laminates, wood flooring, and tile. We can help keep our flooring protected from dirt, scratches, spots, and stains if we just remember to take our shoes off before walking on delicate flooring surfaces.
This list of household cleaning hints should have you on your way to more effective and efficient house cleaning. Not only will this help you get a more organized look at house cleaning but by simply keeping these hints in mind you will make your work a lot easier, cutting down on the stress from constant house cleaning demands.

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