Do you ever wonder how your home gets so messy, so quickly? It only seems like 5 minutes ago it was spotless, and now everything’s a mess! Don’t let the mess take over: by spending as little as 15 minutes every day, you can keep your whole house in order. Take back control with our quick and easy house cleaning tips.
How to keep your house clean
You don’t need to spend hours every day cleaning and tidying to keep your home in great condition. There are some little tasks we recommend doing every day of the week, so that when the weekend rolls around you’re free to relax without a long list of chores on your hands.. We’ve come up with our house cleaning schedule, which you can adapt to suit your home.Everyday tasks
There’s no getting away from it: there are some household tasks you should be doing on a daily basis to help keep your house clean. Getting into good habits with these will help you take a positive step towards quick cleaning.
- • Pick up dirty laundry: rather than throwing your dirty clothes onto the floor or a chair in your bedroom, put them into a laundry basket or bag. This way, when it comes to doing a load of washing, everything is in one place and you don’t need to waste time tracking down dirty socks! Why not be even more organised and separate everything into lights and darks, and even separate your delicates?
- • Do the dishes: whether you use a dishwasher, do the washing up yourself or do a combination of the two, doing the dishes daily is great for quick house cleaning. We’re not saying you necessarily have to wash up after every meal, if you don’t feel as though you have enough to justify using all that hot water. If you use enough crockery, run the dishwasher every night, and supplement with additional washing up if needed.
- • Make the beds: a made bed makes any room look so much tidier. Find a time that suits you to make the bed, you may want to do it as soon as you get up, once you’ve had a shower or as you’re just about to leave for the day. Trying to encourage the kids to make their beds as well might be a bit of a challenge! Finding ways to get the kids involved with cleaning will definitely help keep your home cleaner for longer.
- • General tidying: are there books all over the place? Has someone moved the TV remote? If you notice something is out of place, put it back where it lives. This is something the whole family should be doing, especially the kids with their toys! If you can go to bed every night with all household items where they should be, the house should look a whole lot tidier.
Weekly cleaning schedule
There are bigger chores that you should be doing regularly, but fortunately you don’t need to do them every day! If you take one bigger task every weekday, you can put your feet up and relax at the weekend for longer.Monday
Start the week off by tackling the most used room in the house – the kitchen. Start by moving everything you can from your surfaces, so you can give them a proper wipe down, to get rid of crumbs and anything else that doesn’t need to be there. Make sure you wipe down any appliances as well, including the hob, microwave, and clean crumbs out of the toaster. Take this opportunity to remove anything from the kitchen that doesn’t need to be there to free up a bit of space. After this, be sure to clean the floor, using hot water and your chosen cleaning liquid. It might seem obvious, but make sure the floor is clear before doing this! Once the floor is clean and dry, you might be tempted to vacuum, but hold off for now – we’ll get to that…Tuesday
Now the kitchen is clean, it’s time to focus on one of the other messiest rooms in the house – the family bathroom. Regularly cleaning the bathroom is important to avoid mould building up, especially in homes prone to damp. Start by using disinfectant wipes to get the sink and bath looking spotless. Then, use a toilet brush and cleaner to scrub the inside of the toilet – not the most glamorous job, but definitely necessary. Wipe down the mirror with glass cleaner to get rid of any toothpaste remnants, and, depending on what type you have, finally wash the floor.Wednesday
Next on your quick house cleaning schedule, it’s time to tackle the cloakroom and other bathrooms. Like before, you’ll want to focus on getting everything spotless with disinfectant. Cleaning bathrooms two days in a row might not seem like the most appealing option, but you’ll thank yourself for it come the weekend. By this point in the week, everything in your bathrooms should have been thoroughly cleaned.Thursday
As you approach the end of the working week, the chores still to be done should start getting a bit easier. On your weekly cleaning schedule, Thursday is the day for vacuuming. Vacuum your whole house thoroughly to get rid of any dust or dirt from your floors. It might seem daunting, but as long as you have a good performing vacuum, it should be a breeze. Vacuum every room in the house with hardly any effort using a cordless vacuum cleaner. You won’t need to constantly unplug as you move from room to room, saving you a whole lot of time in the process. Every so often, perhaps once a month, vacuum curtains and ceilings – dust and cobweb build up is likely.Friday
Let the countdown to the weekend begin! Treat yourself to a bit of light cleaning on a Friday: grab your duster and dust down your house. Removing dust from surfaces can prevent them from looking dingy and dirty, and dust can also scratch and damage your surfaces. It may not seem like the highest priority task, but it’s a vital part of your weekly cleaning schedule. Dusting is less intense than some of the other jobs on this list, and a good final task before the weekend starts.
Now you know how to keep your house clean in just 15 minutes per day. By distributing your time across the week to tackle the tougher tasks, you can keep your house in order for longer, without losing all your time to cleaning.