Top 10 Cleaning Preparation Tips

Top 10 Cleaning Preparation Tips

Have you ever started to do a cleaning task and then realized you don’t have the right supplies, or you’re out of laundry detergent, or you get a phone call, text or email that distracts you and takes you away from cleaning? Do you have a hard time finding time to clean? Do you let everything build up until the house is a disaster and it looks like a tornado just came through?

If any of these things have happened to you, this article is for you. We’ll share some quick and easy tips for cleaning preparation that will have you ready to clean in no time, and before you know it, you’ll be all done and your house will be clean and tidy.

Make A List Of Cleaning Supplies Needed:

When you go to the store, make sure you check your cleaning supplies inventory. Add to your list any cleaning items you may be missing or that are almost empty. You don’t want to be in that situation where you’re getting ready to do laundry and you don’t have any laundry detergent. 🙂

Schedule Your Cleaning:

It’s really important to make time for cleaning, to actually add it to your schedule. Cleaning doesn’t just happen by accident. It’s much easier to find the time to clean if you actually schedule it in, and it makes it easier to remember which tasks should be done when.

Daily Cleaning:

If you schedule a short amount of time for cleaning every day, it will make it much easier to maintain a clean and tidy house. You won’t ever get to that point where your house is a disaster. You can do daily cleaning tasks in a short amount of time each day.

Weekly Cleaning:

Once a week, you can schedule in a longer period of time for deeper and more complete cleaning. During this time, you can do things like clean your bathrooms, vacuum your carpets, sweep and clean your floors, dust, etc. This longer dedicated time will also help prevent build-up, and a bigger mess later on.

Clean As You Go:

Use the “1 touch rule”. Make cleaning easier by cleaning as you go. When you come home, don’t just toss your jacket or purse on the couch – put it away. This prevents an extra clean-up task later. If you’re cooking, clean dishes and put them in the dishwasher as you go, or if you have a spill, or something makes a mess, clean it right away. This will save time, effort, and hard scrubbing later on.

Have Cleaning Supplies Ready When You Start:

When you get ready to start cleaning, make sure you have everything you’ll need handy. So, get out your broom, vacuum, mop, cleaning supplies, dishcloths, etc. ahead of time. This will make it easier to keep the cleaning flow going once you get started, because you won’t have to stop later to go searching for something you need.

When Cleaning Floors And Carpets, Pick Up Big Stuff First:

When cleaning carpets or floors take a quick look around first and remove any larger items, especially things that could get caught in the vacuum. Also, move any furniture, or rugs, or any other items that may be an obstacle. This will make your floor/carpet cleaning time go smoother and easier, so that once you start, you won’t have to keep stopping to pick things up or move them around.

Clean From Top To Bottom:

This old saying really is true. It’s better to clean from top to bottom. For example, if you clean your floors before you clean your counters, or before you dust, your floors will just get dirty all over again. So, remember to always clean from top to bottom to prevent having to re-clean those lower areas.

A Place For Everything, And Everything In Its Place:

Cleaning is so much easier when you give everything a home. You know where everything is supposed to go, so it’s much easier to put it back, instead of just trying to randomly find some place to put it. Even young children can learn to put things back where they go, and it’s also much easier for them to clean their rooms when they have a place for everything and they know exactly where everything should go. This works much better than the vague, “You need to clean your room.

Listen To Music:

Listening to music while you clean is a good way to get you in the cleaning mood, and make cleaning more fun. Time seems to go by faster, and cleaning can be more enjoyable while listening to your favorite music. Also, if you make a playlist, or listen to your favorite station, then you’ll have plenty of music to take up the time without constantly having to go and change songs.


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