The house has to be cleaned, but family deserves time too. It seems that neither can be sacrificed at times, but it doesn’t have to be that way. By cleaning the house in effective faster methods, there is more time to be spent with the family. Power cleaning uses efficient and consistent systematic processes to speed up cleaning. The more these systems are used, preferably when everyone has gone to bed, the quicker the cleaning process will be.
First things first: Devise a plan to put everything away. While this takes initial time, with daily cleaning, this will save great amount of time. For instance, keep large storage bins for the kids toys, keep drawers organized and all other items placed in specific places. Instead of focusing on room by room, take an assessment of what belongs in other rooms. If your children left toys in the kitchen, they first need to be placed in the room they belong to. Make a clean sweep of the house for dishes. Place all of the dishes in the kitchen. Pick up any clothes laying on the floor and put all items away in each room.
Now that everything has been put away, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty. This method of house cleaning is extremely quick. Instead of focusing on room by room, focus on types of cleaning instead. For instance, clean all the mirrors and windows in the house in one fell swoop. Grab a wet rag with dish soap or other desired cleanser. If there isn’t a squeegee in the house, it’s time to get one. Keep a dry rag in the hand as well.
Room by room, wipe down each mirror or window, go back over all with the squeegee and follow with the dry rag if needed. Tackle all of the light switches and other desired surfaces. Head to the next room. Move fast and don’t be concerned about perfection. Once all of this has been done, work on dusting items. It’s okay to wipe down bathroom counters and mirrors, but avoid cleaning the toilet and other contaminated surfaces with the rag to avoid cross contamination.
Again use a wet rag for dusting because it effectively removes virtually all dust from the exterior of items. If the previous rag became super dirty, use the dry one; however, get another dry rag to avoid streaks on furniture and other surfaces. In this time, wipe down counters and tabletops too. Once this is completed, move to vacuuming and sweeping. The idea is to start from the top of the house and move down to get the most amount of dust and dirt.
Once vacuuming and sweeping are done, mop and do the dishes or choose to do the dishes and then mop. For extra quick cleaning, have family members put their dishes in the dishwasher throughout the day and empty it in the morning. Clean the rest of the bathroom lastly as it contains the most germs.
This method of cleaning should take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half. This technically leaves a mom or dad 22 and a half hours with the family, but let’s face it, mom and dad are on call 24 hours a day.