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Learning how to clean your house in 2 hours or less will help those who, like me, are busy and don’t have much time for house chores.
I like to keep my house tidy and clean all the time. To me, there is nothing quite refreshing like going to work without worrying about coming back to a dirty house.
Things that will increase the time it takes to clean a house are:
– Your house is bigger
– You are slower doing the cleaning
That’s why is important to develop your own cleaning routine and set a specific time to finish each task. That’s what works best for me.
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If I think something needs an intense cleaning I leave it for when I find the time (usually weekends).
These things include:
- Clean the oven.
- Tidy up and clean the fridge.
- Clean the windows.
- Put order in pantry.
- Change bed linen.
- Vacuum underneath sofas and beds.
- Once a month I clean one room thoroughly. I rotate between kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedrooms.
However, during the week the first thing I do as soon as I wake up is clean my house. Since I get up early I find this is the time that works best for me. It would be different for others so pick the most convenient time for you.
During the week I follow this cleaning routine. Is my way of cleaning my 2 bedroom home in 2 hours or less. Fast and easy!
Follow these daily chores to keep your house clean (almost like a maid).
- 1 How to Clean Your Home in 2 Hours (possible less)
- 1.1 Order First | Pre-Cleaning Routine (20 minutes)
- 1.2 Dishes and Laundry (10 minutes)
- 1.3 Kitchen and Disinfecting Surfaces (10 minutes)
- 1.4 Dusting if necessary (10 minutes)
- 1.5 Vacuuming (15 minutes)
- 1.6 Sinks, Tubs, Mirrors and Toilet (15 minutes)
- 1.7 Hanging Laundry or Using Dryer (10 minutes)
- 1.8 Mop the floors (5 minutes)
- 1.9 Finishing Up (10 minutes)
- 1.10 Other Tips to Keep You House Clean All the Time
- 1.11 Related posts:
How to Clean Your Home in 2 Hours (possible less)
Small things I do the night before:
I like to keep my house free of clutter and this is something that helps speed up the cleaning process.
My son is a teenager and he is always leaving his stuff everywhere (no matter how many times I tell him). And my husband is not much better. I also have a dog that sheds lots of hair.
What I do before I go to bed is going around picking up the stuff that they have left lying around. I put the rest of their things back in place.
I put clothes directly into the washing machine. I leave the washing machine ready with the measuring cup filled with soap in the drum. Next morning I check if there is anything else that need washing. Then I press the start button. This saves me time.
Another thing I like to do at night is charge the vacuum cleaner battery. How many times I have been using the vacuum cleaner only to stop before I have finished? PLENTY.
# If you have small kids most probably there will be toys everywhere. Have containers for toys in the living room area and in their bedroom. Teach them to pick up the toys after they finish playing with them. They learn quick when they are young.
To recap the tasks I like to do at night because is easier the next morning are:
1. Clear the clutter (put stuff back in their place)
2. Load the washing machine with detergent inside
3. Charge the vacuum cleaner
In the morning this is what I do:
Order First | Pre-Cleaning Routine (20 minutes)
The first thing is to have all the cleaning products I need ready. I keep them underneath my kitchen sink in a similar container to the one below. I like it because is easy to handle and big enough to keep all your cleaning supplies.
I then pick the laundry basket and move from room to room sorting items and picking up what is not in it’s proper place.
Dirty clothes I find are gathered up in the laundry basket. Is usually few things because remember that I did part of this task the night before.
Every other thing like magazines, shoes, etc are put where they belong.
Since my dishes don’t pile up, the few that I find dirty end up in the sink, soaked in soapy water.
# I have a dishwasher that I use only when I have guests or family around. We are a small family so I can manage perfectly washing the dishes by hand. I do it in no time. Bigger families usually use the dishwasher because is more convenient. Instead of leaving your dishes in the kitchen sink put them straight into the dishwasher with the soap in the container. This way when you fill it up you just need to press the start button.
# Before I start cleaning, I make sure that the windows are halfway open, especially in the bedrooms. I also strip off the duvets and pillows to air the beds.
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# Then I move to the bathroom where I pour a bleach solution on the sink and toilet and leave it there to work while I do other tasks. I’m old school and I’m comfortable cleaning with bleach. I haven’t found anything that disinfects as well as bleach does. I use it for everything because I don’t feel my house is clean without it.
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I know many people don’t like to clean with bleach due to the chemicals it contains. The thing is you only need a bit and and if you find the smell too strong dilute it with water. if the problem resides with the fumes you could use a disposable safety mask like this one.
# Never mix bleach with ammonia or any other household cleaner. There are a lot of miss-information going around on Pinterest about mixing certain products to clean your home or your skin. This could be dangerous. We shouldn’t believe everything we read.
# If you clean with bleach please be careful if you have small kids. Store it in a place where is not easily accessible.
# If you are pregnant consult your doctor to whether is safe to use bleach or not.
# If bleach is a no-no for you, consider natural alternatives. Hydrogen peroxide, Borax, white vinegar and baking soda are non-toxic ingredients you could use as cleaners.
Dishes and Laundry (10 minutes)
Since the dishes have been soaking for some time now, I don’t have to spend a lot of time scrubbing the dirt off. After washing and arranging them on the rack to dry, the next stop is at the microwave.
I later concentrate on the laundry basket and the washing machine. Since I did most of this task the night before I simply put inside the washing machine whatever else I found and press the start button.
While the washing machine is doing its job (40 minutes) I move to my next task.
Kitchen and Disinfecting Surfaces (10 minutes)
Then I move to the kitchen where I clean all the surfaces with a disinfectant spray. When I don’t have my favorite disinfectant for countertops and other surfaces, apple cider vinegar does the trick for me.
I dampen a clean cloth in a mixture of one cup of warm water and half a cup of vinegar and wipe all surfaces that I regularly come into contact with.
It is important to wipe your surfaces with a disinfectant so that you can get rid of germs and harmful bacteria. When I’m in a hurry I just wipe the surfaces with antibacterial wipes.
Next is washing the dishes and while they are drying I move onto my next task: dusting.
Dusting if necessary (10 minutes)
If your home doesn’t get too dirty you don’t need to dust every day. Maybe every other day or every two days.
If my home needs dusting I start from the living room, I dust all surfaces as I move to the bedrooms, the conservatory, the stairs and finally my office.
Most of my attention is usually drawn to electronics because they are notorious at attracting dust.
# In reply to a comment on Pinterest: Like I said “if necessary”. I don’t dust everyday.
Vacuuming (15 minutes)
I need to vacuum often because my dog sheds lots of hair. I vacuum at least 2 times a day. Mostly in the living room and kitchen.
# In reply to another comment on Pinterest: I’m very particular about dog hair and that’s why I vacuum at least twice a day. No need to do it if you are not fussy, is a personal preference.
The thing is that I hated vacuuming for a long time, the only thought of carrying the vacuum cleaner around made feel uneasy. I used to have a vacuum cleaner with cable and it was a nightmare; I named it “silly Henry”. It will get stuck everywhere, between furniture, beds, corners, stairs, you name it. Not to mention how heavy it was to carry it up and down the stairs. I knew I needed to buy something better. And I did!
And it made a big difference. I bought a cordless, lighter, bagless vacuum cleaner and I couldn’t be happier. If you don’t have one, you should try it. This one is similar to the one I bought:
Sinks, Tubs, Mirrors and Toilet (15 minutes)
I clean the sink and bathtub by spraying a cleaner and allowing it to sit as I move to clean the toilet.
The toilet is always clean and that’s why it doesn’t take much time. All I have to do is flush the bowl with the solution I poured earlier. Then I head back to the sinks and tubs, clean them and rinse out with clean water.
I always have anti-bacterial wipes in the bathroom. They come very handy to clean on the spot and saves you from getting out your cleaning products.
Finally I make sure all the mirrors in the bathroom are sparkling clean.
By this time the washing machine has finished and proceed to hang the clothes.
Hanging Laundry or Using Dryer (10 minutes)
If the weather is good I like hanging my clothes out to dry in the sun because it saves more energy. I leave them to dry all day and pick them up when I come home.
However, if the weather is bad I use the dryer.
Using the Dryer (winter)
I don’t like using the drier but I don’t have a choice in winter. I only use it if I’m going to be home. If not I use a foldable drying rack even though the clothes take longer to dry. The weather here is humid.
Mop the floors (5 minutes)
The last thing I do is mop the floors. I always have a bucket with clean water and disinfectant ready for when I need it. I use it to mop the kitchen and bathroom floors. Since I have wooden floors in the rest of the house I use a cleaner for this type of floors. But I don’t do this everyday, maybe once or twice a week.
Finishing Up (10 minutes)
This step is much like the first where all you do is making sure everything in order. I spend about 10 minutes checking every room to see what is not yet done. I also use this time to make the beds and write down some of the cleaning supplies that might be running out.
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Other Tips to Keep You House Clean All the Time
As you can see, my two hour home clean strategy works in under 2 hours (1 hour and 45 minutes and sometimes, even less).
For people who have bigger houses, the extra 10 minutes can be used on the extra room(s). And for people with a smaller house or apartment it can be done in 1 hour or less.
If your house is cluttered or messy it will need a bit more extra time, but you will get there in the end. If you get into the habit of keeping your house clean and organized, the time you need to clean it will be reduced.
Are you overwhelmed by clutter? Check these tips to declutter and organize your home fast.
Other tips that might help to get your house clean in 2 hours or less include setting a timer down to 2 hours, putting on your favorite playlist as you work, and always making sure everything you need for a clean house is available.
Also, try not to wait for too long before cleaning your house. It will save you time and energy!
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