Everyone loves coming home to a clean house, but not everyone has the time to keep their home spotless. With a few time management techniques and the right strategy, you can keep your house looking its best. These five cleaning tips will save you time and money.
1. Ditch the Expensive Cleaning Products
The average household spends $42 a month on cleaning supplies. Ditch the expensive cleaning products and start making your own.
One of the most versatile products on the planet is vinegar. Yes, the same product you cook with can also be used to keep your house clean.
You can use vinegar to clean:
- Coffee makers
- Showers and sinks
- The microwave
Baking soda is another versatile product that you can use to clean:
- The refrigerator
- Grimy dishes
- Kitchen surfaces
- Soap scum
DIY cleaning products are cheaper than their alternatives, and they’re typically more environmentally-friendly.
2. Set a Timer
Don’t want to spend the entire day cleaning your home? Use a timer to keep yourself on track. First, decide how long you want to spend cleaning. Next, divide that time into chunks. Maybe you want to spend 15 minutes vacuuming and just 10 minutes cleaning the bathroom.
Timing tasks will make you work harder. It also means that you spend less time on the cleaning tasks you hate the most.
3. Keep Your Supplies in Key Places
How often do you start cleaning a room, and wind up having to run all over the house to find the right supplies? Storing your cleaning supplies in key places will save you time.
For example, keep all of your bathroom cleaning supplies in the cabinet under the sink. Do the same thing in the kitchen.
Smart storage of your cleaning supplies will make it easy to keep each room spotless. There’s no reason to put off cleaning the bathroom if you have everything you need right in front of you.
4. Focus on the Dirtiest Areas First
We all have rooms in the house that are used more than others. Kitchens and bathrooms tend to get the most use. If you only have time for a quick cleaning, focus on these areas first.
You may not mop the laundry room floor as often as you’d like, but at least the rooms you spend the most time in are pleasant and clean.
5. Hire Someone
It may sound counterintuitive, but hiring someone to clean your home can save you both time and money. A professional house cleaning will free up your personal time, which you can spend on more important things, like family time, business ventures and hobbies.
Remember that your time is valuable, and consider how much your time is worth. If you spend an entire Saturday afternoon cleaning, you’re missing out on doing the things that you enjoy. You may find that it’s worth the cost to have someone else take care of the job for you.
Prevention is another way to save time and money on cleaning. You can prevent messes by having the kids eat in the kitchen and making sure everyone keeps their rooms tidy.