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#2) Set a timer. No one likes to spend hours cleaning, but when you make it into a game its incredible how much you can get done. So I set a timer and raced myself. I wanted to see how much I could get done in 1/2 hour. I spent about 5 of those minutes actually planning my attack. First I turned on the Roomba, put a load of laundry in the washer and started dusting. No joke, I got three rooms cleaned in the remaining 25 minutes and left the laundry for my husband to fold later that night.... GENIUS!
#3) Do double duty. When you're cooking, wash some dishes. It is always recommended to clean as you go, so why not spend 10 extra minutes emptying the dishwasher while you're in there or clean a few extra dishes beyond what you're using to prepare your meal? When you're in the bathroom getting ready, why not wipe down the sink or clean the mirror? Doing a little something extra only takes a few extra minutes. Maybe if I'm lucky, this little trick will become a habit for me. Fingers crossed.
#4) Have a cleaning hub. I actually have a cleaning cart that I roll from room to room. All of my cleaning supplies are always in one place and I don't have to run back and forth gathering supplies....think of the time you'll save not having to round stuff up!!! On my cleaning cart is my broom, a large garbage bag, Swiffer duster, Mr. Clean Magic Reach telescoping scrubber, Rubbermaid Reveal mop and a cleaning caddy filled with Comet, Method All purpose cleaner, Home Tech polish for glass (this stuff is a miracle cleaner and leaves a see-through film on all glass/mirror surfaces that lets you clean with just water for 6 months), Pledge, paper towels, microfiber clothes AND.... Microfiber SOCKS.... yes, socks (wait for it). If you don't have the resources for an actual cleaning cart, a cleaning apron does the trick as well at a fraction of the cost. Make sure it has divided deep pockets in the front and loops on the sides to hold cleaning supplies to make your cleaning time efficient.
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#6 Bonus) Gather yourself for bed. At the end of each night take 5 minutes to simply "pick up" from the day. My husband ALWAYS leaves his socks in the living room so I make sure to pick them up on my way into the bedroom where the dirty clothes hamper lives. Papers are cleared off of surfaces and dishes are placed in the kitchen sink (oh how I HATE the dishes that pile up in the living room!!!). It is just a nice feeling to wake up to a clean looking house. It also lays the groundwork for some faster cleaning when you don't have to take the extra step to pick things up.
I'm sure there are plenty more ideas out there on how to speed clean. Please leave a comment if you have one. I'm ALWAYS interested in ways of cleaning faster as I HATE CLEANING!!!! Oh... and one more bonus for ya. Here's a little video I found on YouTube on how to clean your bathroom in 3.5 minutes (click HERE). Please note.... this only works if you already have a cleaning hub.
Whew...I'm just a tad bit closer to getting caught up!