Do you ever feel overwhelmed with the amount that needs to be done? I can completely relate. While I know that we are all busy it’s no secret that I too have a lot going on. With balancing the house, preparing children for school each day, working from home and even helping out with the ministries at the church finding time to clean my house tends to be the very last thing that gets accomplished. Cleaning my house is just not the first thing on my to do lists, ever.
Yet, I desire a clean house and I’m sure that you do as well. The desire for a squeaky clean house is what drove my desire to learn exactly how to clean more in less time. When I was working outside the house I discovered some squeaky ways to make my house feel clean, even when it wasn’t. However, now that I am at home all day I desire that it be as clean as it possibly can. Not only is it nice to have a clean house but this is where I spend the majority of my time so it’s also vital to my health and over all wellbeing that the place where I spend so much time stays clean.
How I’ve Learn To Clean More In Less Time
1. Set A Timer (even if it’s the school bus)
When I set a timer I get this goal driven desire to beat the timer. I want to win. Here’s the thing with a timer, some people can set a timer for five minutes and that work perfectly fine. Others need to set a timer that can’t be budged, like the school bus. For those who need a timer like that, know it’s okay. In some ways it’s actually better because you know that you have to have a certain area of your house cleaned by that time because there will be no time left for excuses.
2. Turn off the TV
I can not be the only one out there who simply can not clean the house while the TV is on. I used to try and do this too. Yet, here’s the thing, I may think that I’m going to clean the living room and watch TV but what actually happens is I’ll end up standing in the middle of the living room, holding a broom and watching my favorite morning TV show. An hour later? That living room will still be dirty. Even if the TV is just playing in the back ground and I’m in a different room all together I will walk by and stop cleaning. It’s better to just turn off the TV.
3. Turn on the music
It’s true that I can not clean my house while my TV is on but it’s also true that I need some sort of back ground sound. This need is what led me to turning on the music to clean. This also creates a peaceful feeling in the house and the kids know that when the music is on they too are supposed to be cleaning. You might be worried that turning off the TV to turn on some music would cause anything but peace in your house. I get that completely. However, after some time the kids will get used to it. Also, it may help to start your day off with no television but rather start it off with the intent to clean. Obviously this won’t work always but if you need to clean the house on a Saturday this would be a great solution.
4. Focus on the task at hand
This is a big one. You see, I’ll naturally start out with good intentions and end up completely destroying those intentions. I’ll start sweeping my living room floor and then start sweeping my kitchen floor and I’ll leave little piles here and there. When I walk into my kitchen I might notice that there’s a toy that needs to be picked up and I’ll bring it to the play room only to see that there’s a bath toy in there. So, I’ll pick up the bath toy and bring it to the bathroom only to notice that room is devastatingly disastrous so I’ll start cleaning that room as well. Do you know what happens? Nothing gets cleaned. Yep, ladies, if you want to clean more in less time – don’t multi task!
5. Create a List
Creating a list is one of the best ways for me to actually focus on the task at hand. This helps me not want to jump from sweeping the living room floor to cleaning up the bathroom, all within a minute of each other and never actually getting either room clean. Without my list I am just a jumbled mess of thoughts screaming that things need to be done.
Lauren Buckner is the author of the inspirational devotional, Beauty & The Broken