Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be limited to the spring season – cleaning is a year-round chore that keeps our homes spotless and organized. Cleaning may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and most of us are too busy with our work to make time for home cleaning.
These six tips for hassle-free cleaning are meant to energize you to upkeep your home so you don’t have to worry about the state of your home. You’ll be able to find time to clean with minimal effort. Follow these tips, and let’s get to cleaning!
1. Hire a Part-time Maid
A full-time maid is reserved only for households that have large spaces, as well as considerable income. Full-time maid services can be costly, with the homeowner shouldering the majority of living expenses of the cleaner.
Part-time maid services, on the other hand, are cost-effective services offered mostly by cleaning companies. These services are often done on an hourly basis, and charged by the hour as well. The professional cleaner will arrive on the scheduled time, and help around the house with cleaning tasks.
You get to free up your time for your work or hobbies, while still maintaining the cleanliness of your home. Hiring a part-time cleaner is definitely the hassle-free way to do home cleaning, and it’s a win-win situation as the cleaner is paid for their services. Plus, they use the cleaning solutions you already have so you can be sure of the products used.
2. Make DIY Cleaning Solutions
Making your own cleaning solutions is not only fun, but it is cost-efficient. You’ll know what is in your cleaning solution, and you can avoid corrosive, toxic chemicals that are present in most commercial formulas.
You can create a mild, multi-surface cleaner that is safe on all surfaces including natural stone. Simply mix together 3-4 tablespoons of liquid castile soap in a liter of water, and mix well.
3. Create a Cleaning Checklist
A cleaning checklist will help you keep track of the chores you need to do for the week. You can always refer back to the cleaning checklist to see whether you’ve finished a weekly chore or not, and this is the preferred method of tracking chores delegated among several household members. This way, you can see what you still need to accomplish within the week!
Separate a cleaning checklist per room in the house, and keep one master checklist that will tell you which room has been cleaned, and which has not. Daily chores, like washing dishes and taking out the trash, can be placed on a separate checklist so you can view them more easily.
If you have kids around the house, you can create a fun game out of your cleaning tasks, and reward each household member who has finished their chores for the week. You can get older kids to be more responsible with their rooms by creating their own weekly checklist as well.
4. Automate Your Chores
In the digital age, almost everything can be automated – from toothbrushes to electric cars. Same goes for cleaning appliances that can cut your cleaning time in half when you use them properly. These appliances may be expensive, however, but they are investments if you find yourself without time nor energy to clean anymore.
Use an automated smart vacuum cleaner to do a general sweep of your floors. These robots can be set to automatically charge when the battery is low, and deployed to clean at certain hours in the day. You won’t have to think about vacuuming or sweeping daily, but we recommend you do a deep clean of your floors weekly.
In the kitchen, a dishwasher can help you with those after-dinner pots and pans that you’d otherwise spend hours scrubbing. Laundry machines can cut down on your hand washing, and there are small, single models that are perfect for apartment use! Smart coffee machines can automate your breakfast routine too!
5. Organize Your Cleaning Supplies
No wonder cleaning has been a hassle: your supplies are scattered all over the place! Keep your basic cleaning supplies altogether for convenient access, and to organize them for easy finding later on. Plus, your cluttered supply closet won’t look like an eyesore, and you can immediately see which cleaning solutions are low in supply.
Use plastic baskets to segregate the different cleaning implements, and arrange them with the tallest ones at the back so you can see the smaller items first. Place your most-used items in front, while the less-frequently used cleaning implements are further back.
6. Anything that Can’t Be Washed Can Be Vacuumed
Can’t wash out that air filter from your purifier? Vacuum it up instead! Carpet shampooing takes too long to dry? Use a vacuum to get the dirt out. Is the fan gathering dust and dirt on its blades? That’s right, vacuum up those dust bunnies! Essentially, anything that cannot be washed can be vacuumed instead to get rid of most of the dust and dirt on it.
Try using the vacuum cleaner to remove the debris from your windowsill, and reach behind the TV, cabinets, and other furniture as well.