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In this blog post you will find 10 Remarkably Easy Ways to Win At Cleaning.
Trust me. I get it. You look at all the crap you got to do, then you look at your house, you’re exhausted, and eh… you’ll deal with it in the morning. Am I right? And no one actually likes to clean. We tell ourselves we do but… no we don’t.
We hate the process but we love the result!
Let’s get to it!
1. Win At Cleaning By Making A Plan
Some people struggle with cleaning. I am one of them. Some people are the kind to just shut up and do it. Unfortunately, I am not one of those people. Everything has to be methodical for me, and I’ve learned that a lot of people are a lot like me.
The thing about making a plan is that it helps those who might get crazy overwhelmed when they walk into a space. It freaks them out, and anxiety paralyzes you.
It’s not a good thing. But, by making a game plan, you have a path to follow and once you have a plan, you’re life will be so much easier.
The best way to make a plan? Make a list of what you need to clean room by room. Don’t get overwhelmed, just write the list, all is well. It tells you what you got to do without forgetting to do it.
And, it’s strangely satisfying to cross it off the list when it’s done.
2. Win At Cleaning By Noting What Is Most Important
Now that you have a list, put a star by the things that are the most important, or the most pressing to do. Those stars per room are the things that you have to do first.
Triage the things. Do a star or a highlighter system. If you have something super important that has to be done use four stars, and those that are less important, use one star.
Once you see the most important things that must be done start by writing down the tasks that you have to do to get it done.
It sounds time consuming, and it’s really not. It helps you not get side tracked.
3. Win At Cleaning By Choosing One Room
The hardest part about cleaning is that it is so easy to get overwhelmed. You think that you have to clean your entire house in order for it to be clean.
Yes, that is crazy overwhelming. That’s when you pick a room, any room, and focus exclusively on it. This is your turn to turn this room into an anxiety inducing space into a positive place.
Things to consider when choosing that room (if you haven’t chosen any right off the top of your head): Let me suggest choosing the one place that you spend the most time in.
Trust me on this one.
4. Win At Cleaning By Throwing Garbage Away
Grab a garbage bag and start throwing everything away that’s garbage. This can be anything from old notes, receipts, bags, tissues, or whatever, just put it in the garbage bag.
Or, if you recycle, put things in recycle bins.
Then, you can donate things. Anything you see that you don’t really want, donate it. Don’t sit there and debate and tell yourself you’ll use it again, because I guarantee you if you haven’t used it in the past two months, you never will. Just donate it.
It will give you a moment of stress free happiness.
Except books. Make sure any books you donate are yours and not your daughters. I say this half jokingly – one day my mom – with every good intention donated a lot of my stuff to Goodwill, not knowing what I wanted to keep. She donated over half my books, and some of my purses (that still had personal info in them). Oh, God, the poor woman, I hit the roof. I was beyond livid, but she thought she was doing a good thing.
Luckily, we salvaged my purse, but my books were already gone… I still die a little inside when I think of those books… but hopefully they are bringing other people joy.
The purpose of that story though, is to remind you: If it’s not yours to donate – put it in a pile and make the person it belongs to look through it. But if it is your stuff, just donate it. (And don’t worry, I have rebuilt my book collection. Hooray!)
5. Win At Cleaning By Dusting
Nobody likes dusting. No, we don’t. But, dusting is not as painful as it used to be in the old days. You don’t have to wet dust anymore, and you don’t have to use a feather duster anymore.
I have just discovered this Swiffer Duster. I kid you not it’s phenomenal. The best part? It actually works!
Bonus, it cuts the cleaning time down to half. You have to try it, and those old pros at cleaning, who already know about it, don’t laugh. Please. Seriously, I thought the commercials were a marketing gimmick.
It’s an actual thing that works, and it is pretty awesome.
6. Win At Cleaning By Wiping Down The Surfaces
Now that the dusting is over with, you can take care of business by wiping down all the things. And, the best way to do it is with an all-purpose cleaner.
I’m sure you can make some, I know a lot of people like doing it. Other people use the method cleaning stuff. Or some Lysol all purpose cleaning stuff.
I just use whatever I can grab, but oddly enough, it’s actually a vinegar concoction because it’s the way I like all the things: quick, easy and cheap.
7. Win At Cleaning By Organizing Things
This is my favorite part of all time. I enjoy organizing things and making them look semi decent and in some kind of order. The problem? Time! Dear Lord, the time makes it almost impossible!
But the thing is, it’s something that has to be done, and there are different ways to organize things.
I love Cas, AKA Clutterbug, she gives different techniques on different ways to organize things. She gives four different personality/cleaning styles.
But, the fun part about organizing, is that you really focus on what you have, what you need, and what you can get out of your life. The hardest part about organizing though, is deciding on how you want to organize things.
The method I have found the most helpful is to group things like by like. Pens with pens, markers with markers, cans with cans, towels with towels. Then you break that down a little bit more by color, shape or size. Finally, you got to put it somewhere nice and pretty.
Seriously, once you are able to know where you can find things, life is so much easier. Trust me on this.
8. Win At Cleaning By Having a Central Bag
Confession time! I am super easily distracted. My mission: To clean my bedroom. Once in my bedroom, I will find a glass. Then, I will take that glass into the kitchen, where I will decide I need to wipe down the counter. At that time I will find a pen, and then I will take it to my office, where I will suddenly decide it’s a great idea to do a DIY project.
Long story short… my bedroom never gets clean and my mission is a massive fail.
How do you remedy this? Well, the good news is that you can do this super easily, but you have to be a little patient. The good news is that you can do it without locking yourself into a room!
Get a basket and anything you find that does not belong in that particular room, put it in the basket. Don’t leave the room, just put it in the basket. Once you finish cleaning the room, you’ll have your basket that you can quickly put it all back in their correct rooms.
Hooray for time savers!
9. Win At Cleaning By Vacuuming or Mopping
There is nothing I hate more than this one. Mainly because my Vacuum Cleaner refuses to stay attached to the handle and constantly detaches. It drives me crazy.
However, this is a super fantastic way to clean because it helps get any gross things off the floor, and just gives a clean vibe to the air. If you have animals, you might want to sprinkle some of the Arm & Hammer Pet Fresh Carpet Odor Eliminator on the carpet and then wait a few minutes then vacuum it up. You’re house will smell so nice.
But, if you’re not into that, you might want to try adding some essential oils to the Vacuum filter. Everyone seems to love a Citrus Smell – that seems more orange and lemony, but I am obsessed with adding Lime. Just add a few drops on them.
The good news with both of these is that you can use the pre-moistened pads or you can use your own formula using a vinegar concoction. Roots and Reveal has a great recipe that uses only three ingredients – ½ Cup Distilled White Vinegar, 2 Cups Water and 20 drops of Essential Oils.
Root and Reveal can go more in depth about why you might want to check out making your own all purpose cleaner. The best reason to me is it’s cheap and easy. Just the way I like it.
The essential oils are fun to play around with because you get to play chemist (and you don’t have to worry about things going boom…) but you need the right ones. I just check out Rocky Mountain Oils because they put things in a way I understand, and I like the products. This page gives you the oils you need to clean and to disinfect.
10. Win At Cleaning By Clearing The Air
Nothing smells better than a clean house. But, you know how when you walk into one and it just smells and feels clean? That’s probably because the air did it for you.
There are so many ways to clear the air in a house. The most important way? Open the dang window! The outside air helps to circulate the stale air inside.
Another way to do it is to get an air purifier. These help get rid of the allergens out of the air, keeping the air clean. But, before you do, you might want to check this 2006 report out for these Ozone Generating indoor “Air Purifiers.”You might want to check out this 2017 update from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about them. Briefly, the fear is that too much use of these can help thin the lining of the lungs. Still though, check out this pros and cons to see if it is worth the risk.
If you prefer to go the all natural route, use a Himalayan Salt Lamp. It also gives a nice soothing light.
Additionally, you can use Essential oils. Some people put a few drops in the A/C filter. I don’t know feel comfortable doing that, so I just stick to using the Essential Oils in a diffuser.
Please, I have mentioned this in the past, don’t spend a bunch of cash on a diffuser, for the love of God! Get one of these, it’s super cheap and it’s pretty awesome. But, if you have super cash to spare, can I recommend this beautiful Blue Marble Diffuser? It’s stunning, and I’m kinda sorta saving up for it… Yes, I’m in love.
Or, if you really want to get into something quick and easy, take a small finger bowl, pour in baking soda, and then add a few drops to the baking soda, and leave it in places around the house.
There is no way around it. Cleaning can be horribly painfully boring. However, no matter how boring it seems, and how unmotivated you are – admit it, you love to have the clean house, just not the process. It’s with that idea that you have to ask yourself, why do I not like this process?
This can be a great learning opportunity for self-reflection.
Now, I am curious, what would you add to this list?