How can I get my house clean right now?


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  • See if these help you.

    My house is small by most standards, but it is jam packed to the rafters, which makes it more difficult. I live alone with pets so at least I don't have to pick up after others, but still, I clean every single day. There is always something to be dusted or wiped down or washed, it never ends . . .

  • Oliva Oliva on Jan 31, 2019

    Hi, Elaine,

    First and foremost, make yourself a schedule and stick with it. If you procrastinate, the problem only increases, and it becomes so overwhelming you don't know where to begin.

    Sort mail daily and toss junk mail, immediately. The sooner you develop a mind set of "everything in it's place", the easier your life becomes. If you have a spouse and family, enforce this motto. You are not their servant, and you deserve a life.

    Scrub walls at least yearly. Wipe out kitchen cabinets as needed, but line shelves with a good quality liner to save time. Mop/swiffer floors at least weekly. Vacuum rugs with a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner at least 2-3 x week. Vacuum draperies at least once per month. Vacuum closet interiors at least every 3-6 months.

    Wipe baseboards at least 2x/ month. Vacuum ceiling mounted exhaust fan covers at least every 2-3 months. Keeping a basket of household cleaning supplies in a basket or bucket makes cleaning routines go faster.

    Painting kitchen and bath walls with semi gloss paints made for kitchen and bath will significantly reduce cleaning efforts.

    Place a dozen plastic trash can liners, folded, in the bottom of kitchen trash cans. As one is removed, replace it and make sure it's tightly secured over the top edges of the trash can. Scrub trash cans out at least every 6 months or as required.

    If you have high gloss tiles on a bath or kitchen backsplash, apply car wax to tiles (not grout). Let dry and buff with soft cloth. Apply car wax to chrome or brushed nickel faucets and porcelain sinks to facilitate cleaning of potential water spots.

    If you have glass shower doors, apply 2 coats of Rain X car windshield water repellent. Let dry between coats, then apply a little water and buff dry.

    Wipe dry lightbulbs and ceiling fan blades with a dampened cloth at least once every 2-3 months to remove dust.

    Keep your home's humidity at 40%. Higher levels attract dust mites, mildew, mold. Lower levels can damage woods.

    Remove screens for the winter. Clean, dry, and store covered, in a dust free area.

    Wipe kitchen and bath countertops and bathroom mirrors daily to avoid stains.

    Clean your coffee maker daily and leave the reservoir door open to dry (prevents mold/mildew).

    Clean your basement and garage area at least twice a year. Dispose of old aerosol cans, old paints, cleaners, etc. to avoid wasting space and the need to move unnecessary items. Keep like with like: electrical, painting, car care, hand tools, lawn care, etc.

    This may sound daunting, but once you've established a routine, you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner. Future cleaning will go much faster, with far less effort.

  • Decluttering will help. Get rid of everything that you don't need or use. You would be surprised at what is sitting around that you just don't see anymore. Less stuff equals less to clean. I'm currently in this process right now and it's hard, but it's really paying off.

  • Libbie B Libbie B on Apr 29, 2021

    Maintain a cleaning schedule is the easiest way to keep up with it.