I have to confess our house gets totally trashed pretty quickly, pretty often!
I have a housework routine that works … kind of, most of the time :-) … but I try not to do housework at the weekend, and during the school holidays it’s a struggle.
Take the weekend before last, by the Sunday evening, after a stream of kids had run in and out non-stop with sand, water, muddy boots, whatever, plus all the general hurly burly chaos that is the weekend … the house looked totally trashed with mess everywhere.
The hall, living room and kitchen in particular looked like wild animals had torn them up.
And despite the fun of the weekend I resented the time it took to clean up.
I found myself running around the house other putting stuff away for hours and didn’t have any time left to put the vacuum cleaner on!
So in desperation I went hunting advice and found these tips professional cleaners use to clear up after a party.
I tried them out this weekend just gone and wow, they actually work! Like so many cleaning ideas they’re just common sense, but it turns out you really can clean your house fast, even when it’s been totally trashed.
1. Inch by Inch
All you need is a bin bag, a recycling bag, a bucket for stuff that belongs in the kitchen and a big laundry bag for stuff that belongs somewhere else.
Then starting in one corner of your most public room you totally clear the square foot immediately around you.
You’re not allowed to move on until everything in your immediate reach that isn’t meant to be there has gone into one of the bags or the bucket.
You’re not even allowed to put away in the room you’re in, until you have cleared every last inch!
Once the floor and furniture is totally clear you quick dust and vacuum that room.
If you’ve got time, you repeat the process inch by inch clear for each room you’ve got time to do.
2. Sort First
Next empty the bucket out in the kitchen and sort into piles per cupboard, dishwasher etc. When it’s sorted you make one trip to each cupboard to put everything away.
Once that’s done, divide everything in your ‘sorting’ bag in into a pile for each room. When you’ve totally sorted the bag, you take each pile to the room it belongs in.
But you’re still not allowed to put anything away! Sort each room’s pile by the cupboard, drawer, shelf it belongs in. Then make one trip to each cupboard etc to put stuff away.
3. Keep Your Feet Stuck to the Floor!
I found it very hard to stop myself running around from one random pile of mess to another and from one room to another. I had to mentally stick my feet to the floor!
But I couldn’t believe how quickly I could clear a room, if I stood still and did it inch by inch
I love the fact that you can get the whole house looking presentable in such a short space of time.
And that if you’re really short of time you just stash the bucket and ‘sorting’ bag away – where no one can see it – to be sorted later :-)
4. Now Clean Your House Fast
Now you’ve got rid of all the mess everywhere and can actually – shock horror! – see the floor again, you can actually get on with the job at hand to clean your house fast.
Armed with nothing more than the vacuum cleaner plus my brilliant micro fibre duster (I can’t recommend these enough!) and a damp micro fibre cloth (for any random yucky marks) and I can whiz round the house in no time.
I do hope these tips help, they have been a god send to me! … and if you are looking for more quick tips do check out our other easy cleaning posts …