GUEST POST: How to clean your house in record time

Here’s another guest post by a full-time momma!

How to clean your house in record time
By: Diana Smith

image-1Just thinking about all the things that are due for cleanup in the house can make me roll up in a blanket and watch Netflix until it goes away. Luckily, I recently stumbled upon a handy list one of the internet’s clever, industrious housewives put together and thought how this can make my endeavour much easier and faster.

I looked into it and tweaked it here and there to make a list that can be conquered in an hour or so. To speed it up even more, include your family members, especially the youngsters, and you’ll soon improve your cleaning time record, and the kids will pick up some useful habits.

Bathrooms
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I like to start with this one, mostly because it’s small and relatively easy space to handle but also one of the dirtiest spots in the house. While no one likes to clean them, I like to do bathrooms first and get the boost of good energy and motivation to carry on at the same pace. Also, you can make it sparkle in just 5 minutes.

Wipe the sink, counters, cabinets and mirrors with a natural solution of white vinegar and water. Proceed to shake the floor coverings, scrub the toilet and mop the floor. Leave the shower or bathtub for your monthly maintenance.

Kitchenimage-3It may be second on the nasty list, but the kitchen can be a handful if you don’t tend to it on daily basis. Also, it’s often one of the first rooms people see when they step into your space. That’s why it’s best to keep it neat and clean at all times. Start by dusting the counters, cabinets, small appliances and decorative pieces. Sweep the floor and shake the floor mats.

Move on to the sink scrubbing and sanitation. Load the dishwasher for the day, and round off the kitchen area by collecting and removing the accumulated garbage. Estimated total time: 12 minutes.

Living room
I’m not a fan of keeping a strict, pristine layout that’s more reminiscent of the staged property than of a real, homely abode. Also, that would take a lot more time to maintain. My living room cleaning tour is only 8 minutes long and it focuses on the essentials. Begin by vacuuming the floors and cleaning the upholstery. Use a microfiber cloth for the coffee table, shelves, cabinets and desks.

At the end of the day, everyone puts back the items they moved. Finally, since this is a high-traffic area, consider getting one of those powerful steam cleaners and sweep the floors thoroughly from time to time. The same can be applied to all areas in the house.

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Bedroom
The bedroom is my short pit stop before the grand finale (the entryway). The upkeep of this room is usually fairly easy since we most likely spend the smallest portion of our day here. It will take around 5 minutes or less to vacuum or sweep the floor and swiftly dust the furniture. I’m not counting our morning routine, which includes bed making and putting dirty clothes to the laundry basket. Lastly, you may want to keep hypoallergenic carpets in the nursery for extra germ protection.

Entryway
When all the other work is done, I like to tackle the entryway and move away slowly so it can dry without me constantly passing by. Apart from sweeping or vacuuming it, you’d want to keep it tidy, especially if it’s modestly sized. Finish the house by shaking and vacuuming the welcome mat and moving the shoes that are in the way.

Cleaning the house doesn’t have to be the comprehensive and strenuous task as we imagine it to be. Perform frequent but comparatively shorter cleaning sessions like this and your house will always look presentable.

Diana Smith a full time mom of two beautiful girls simply in love with interior design and DIY projects. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family. Follow her on Twitter or Google+.
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