British author Marcus Buckingham summed it up perfectly when he said: “We dream of having a clean house – but who dreams of actually doing the cleaning?”.
Can you imagine having a clean space without having to put any effort into cleaning it?
If you’ve got a lot to juggle, cleaning is probably the last thing on your to-do list, and that’s okay! But if you’re dreaming of a spick and span space with minimal effort, follow these time-saving cleaning tips for people on the go.
Why Should I Keep My Space Clean?
Let’s face it, cleaning your house can be a daunting task. It takes a special kind of motivation to give your space the care and love that it needs to keep it nice and tidy. You might not even care that much about cleaning, but believe us when we say that it has its benefits.
Not only can a clean house keep you healthier (particularly if you suffer from allergies) but it can keep you happier too. According to a 2010 study, people who described their spaces as cluttered were more likely to suffer from stress and fatigue than those who kept a tidy space.
Another 2011 study showed that clutter and mess made it harder to focus on other important tasks like work. This study carries even more weight if you think about how the pandemic has led to us spending a lot more time indoors. Your living space is now being used for more than just living, and this makes keeping it clean that much more important.
Essential Tips for Cleaning On the Go
With this in mind, let’s get to what you came here for. It really is possible to lessen the load when it comes to keeping things neat and tidy. All it really takes is some planning ahead, and a few tried and tested tips for keeping your house clean on the go.
Start By Decluttering
Everything must have its place.
Build A Cleaning Routine
Keep in mind that these tips require a bit of dedication. We’re not asking you to set aside hours and hours to scrub your floors. But building these tips into your existing routine should take about a month or two to stick. This is as long as you’re consistent and stay organized!
So, in accordance with the scientifically proven way to make habits stick, slot these tips into your existing routine.
For example, when you wake up in the morning to make your tea or coffee, set a timer while it’s brewing and give your kitchen floors a sweep. Or before you get into bed, take two minutes to declutter your room and put everything in its correct place.
Building cleaning habits around existing routines is a sure way to make them second nature.
Fitting the little things into your schedule is a great way to start. But there are a few cleaning tasks that might require a bit more time. These might be things like mopping floors or dusting shelves.
To get these out of the way, put them into your diary like you would schedule a meeting or appointment. It’s very important that you don’t try to do all of these tasks at once. This might make the task feel endless and boring.
A great way to approach this is to take it room by room. Set aside an hour in the evening to do the kitchen. Or make Wednesday mornings bathroom days. Scheduling cleaning appointments like meetings makes it harder to put them off and makes sure that you stay on top of your cleaning schedule.
Sort Out Your Products
In most households, the cleaning supplies closet doesn’t get a lot of thought. It’s a space to haphazardly store two half-empty bottles of Windex and some unopened furniture polish that you thought you’d be better at using.
If you’re going to be cleaning on the go, this simply won’t do. Streamline your cleaning products so that everything has its purpose. Multi-purpose cleaning products are a great investment to avoid cleaning product clutter.
While you’re at it, you might want to get rid of the cleaning product cupboard all together. Make your cleaning products easily accessible by storing them discretely in the rooms that they’re used in. This will make integrating your cleaning into your routine so much easier, as you won’t have to go through a lot of hassle locating the right products.
You should also think about adding microfiber cleaning cloths to your shopping list. They’re a time-saving, multi-purpose cleaning tool that you can use anywhere and everywhere. They’re also better for the environment and are more effective and long-lasting than regular old cloths and sponges.
Clean Smart Not Hard
Smart cleaning is also about the order in which you clean. It’s actually pretty logical if you really think about it. If you start with the floors and then sweep cobwebs in corners and countertops, you’re probably going to get your floors dirty all over again.
That’s why we recommend that you clean from the top down and save the floors for last. This will make the process go a lot smoother and leave you with much better results.
While we’re on the order of things, make sure you always go from dry to wet. This means dusting, vacuuming, and wiping before you scrub.
Clean Up Your Act
Cleaning up your home on the go is totally possible – it just requires some initial planning and commitment. Following these handy cleaning tips is a good place to start.
Look, we get it. Sometimes, in spite of your best efforts, life gets in the way, and even cleaning on the go becomes an impossible task. If this is the case, it’s best to leave the cleaning up to the professionals. For a reliable and dependable cleaning service that’ll leave you with the clean house you’ve been dreaming of, get in touch today!