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I am most definitely a neat freak.
However, like most busy women – I don’t have time to put in a ‘second shift’ after a long day of work to deep clean my house. If your schedule is anything like mine, you’re probably in the same boat.
You want your house looking neat and tidy so you can relax in your space when you get home, not face all the chores that need to get done.
I definitely subscribe to the ‘clean-as-you-go’ camp. Letting things pile up just gets overwhelming that you don’t know where to begin which makes you not even want to start. So here’s what I suggest for an effective speed clean:
1) Keep Cleaning Products Hidden All Around the House
Trust me on this one. I started doubling up on cleaning products and hiding them all over my house. Which is great, because I never run out of anything I need. Keep regular cleaners that you use for the bathroom in a cupboard under the sink.
Keep a lint roller near your sofa to pick-up any pet hair.
Keep a stocked caddy of cleaning supplies under your kitchen sink. If you’re short on space, leave out the products you use regularly and find a different space for the cleaning items you only use once in awhile.
2) Empty Your Dishwasher First Thing in the AM
Put all your dishes away as soon as you get into the kitchen before your breakfast dishes start piling up. That way you can rinse and load your dishes as you go throughout the day without letting dishes pile up around the sink.
It makes a huge difference when you can keep your kitchen counters clear and free of any visual clutter.
3) Give Everything a Home
Give every item in your house a home. Where does the item live? Always put it back in the same spot when you’re done with it – so you know where to look for it next time you need it.
Have a lot of things that need to be put away? Attack one room at a time moving left to right and get those things put away – you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment just from a quick and simple tidy.
4) Create a Donate Bag for Random Items
A great way to keep your house clean is to get rid of things you don’t need. Start a donation bag in your closet and add to it when you come across old books, toys, household items or clothing you no longer want or need.
Make a point to drop-off a donation once a month. Just throw it in your car and drop it off when you see a donation center.
5) Clean As You Go
As soon as you see a spot, clean it right away – don’t put it off. Just deal with it and get it done. I like to keep these Windex® Original Glass Wipes under my bathroom sink. I can use it to tackle any watermarks or fingerprints right away on my bathroom mirror or faucet.
I like that it gives my mirrors a streak-free shine and also works on my glass shower doors. It leaves everything clean and shiny the first time, so I’m not wasting any time. I don’t even have to search for a paper towel, I can just wipe and go.
For my countertops, I reach for Windex® Vinegar Multi-Surface Cleaner which is extra gentle on my quartz surfaces. The ammonia-free doesn’t leave a strong vinegar smell and gets rid of watermarks, make-up, dirt and stains off my countertops quickly.
How do you keep your house looking clean? Let me know your speed cleaning tips in the comments!
Look for Windex® Original Glass Wipes and Windex ® Vinegar Multi-Surface Cleaner at your local Fred Meyer or Kroger store and in the cleaning supplies aisle like the one above. Visit them online on Facebook + Twitter.