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Having A Clean Home When You Hate Cleaning


I haven’t met a single person in my life who actually likes cleaning. Sure, we all like to have a clean home, but when you have kids and pets it feels like a losing battle. I used to dread coming home after work because I knew that the entire house would be a mess. I am the only one that cleans in my household so if I don’t do it, it stays a mess.

A few years ago I was sick of living like this, so I came up with a few simple tricks that allowed me to keep the mess to a minimum with spending my whole weekend cleaning. Hopefully you get some benefit from these tips because if your house is a constant mess, I know how you feel.

The 10 Minute A Day Rule

This one change alone has made the biggest difference to the upkeep of my home. If you spend 10 minutes per day cleaning, you will be amazed at the difference it makes. Now 10 minutes doesn’t sound like much, but it’s crazy what you can get done in such a short space of time.

Washing can be put away, dishwasher emptied and loaded, a bedroom can be cleaned, floors can be cleaned. You won’t be able to deep clean anything, but if you can keep on top of the surface mess during the week you will feel a lot better about cleaning when the weekend comes around.

Minimize Your Possessions

The more possessions you have, the more time it takes to clean, that’s a fact. If you start to minimize the amount of stuff that you have lying around, you will notice there isn’t as much clutter in your home.

You should do one room at a time, and just gather everything in the room and put it in a pile. Every item that you don’t use and will not use in the future, get rid of it. You could sell it, donate it to charity, or just dump it.

Any sentimental items that you don’t use but don’t want to get rid of, put them in a box and store them somewhere out of the way.

Invest In Decent Cleaning Tools

Having cleaning tools that are in good condition and are right for the job will enable you to clean faster.

If the broom that you use to sweep the kitchen floor is missing half of its bristles, it will take you twice as long to sweep the floor. Investing in a decent broom will cut the time it takes to do that particular job.

If your vacuum cleaner is old and doesn’t have much suction, it’s going to take a long time to clean your carpets. Invest in a decent vacuum cleaner and that’s another job that you can do faster.

Buying a new vacuum cleaner may seem like a big expense, but if you shop around you can get a good deal. When I was looking for a new one, I narrowed my choice down to a Henry or a Dyson. After reading a few comparisons, I eventually went with a Henry Hoover. I just couldn’t justify spending over $300 on a new vacuum!

By following these tips my house is in a much better condition, and I also feel better because I feel in control. I used to feel like there was just too much to do, so in the end I done nothing which made the problem worse.

Having a clean home takes time and effort, but the effort should come from everyone that lives in the house. I now get the whole family involved in cleaning and it’s much easier. We spend about an hour on a Saturday morning doing the things that didn’t get done during the week, and then after that we are free to enjoy the rest of the weekend as we please.