I’m just going to come out and say it. Cleaning sucks. I don’t think anyone actually enjoys cleaning the whole entire house, but I do think we enjoy having a clean house. So we suffer through the process. As organized and tidy as I am, I still manage to have a dirty house at the end of the week (thanks dogs and your shedding fur!). And I’ll be the first to admit I’m a stickler for a clean house (just ask any of my old roommates or the permanent roommate a.k.a. my fiancé), but that doesn’t mean I enjoy doing it. So what do I do? I find a way to maximize my cleaning efforts, and try to find ways to make cleaning suck less.
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First off, here’s what I found to make cleaning a bit easier:
- Music helps. Seriously. Nothing gets me ready to do anything like blaring my favorite song so loud my neighbors (almost) hear it. And singing along (badly). So make yourself a playlist, crank up your speakers, and go crazy.
- Cleaning tools will be your best friends. Now I’m not saying you need a million cleaning tools for your house or apartment, but you do need a few to make your life easier (more below).
- And the most important piece of advice? Take baby steps and break down your cleaning list. You don’t need to do it all in one day. You can break it up over the week, or into groups with a break in between. Do what works for you.
I personally clean a little bit every day to keep the mess down, and go crazy over a weekend. But that’s just what works for me. Since I have roommates, we each have our assigned cleaning duties. I don’t clean their side of the house (their bedrooms and shared bathroom) since I’m not the one dirtying it, but we share dish duty and other random cleaning duties around the house. I do tend to go cleaning crazy though – once I start I can’t seem to stop – so I’m usually the one that cleans the rest of the house for the most part.
To make it go faster, I use a few cool cleaning tools. Here are my personal favorites:
1) Swiffer Duster
I hate dusting. But sadly with 4 animals and black bedroom furniture (why did I do that to myself?), I frequently have to dust. Instead of breaking out a rag and doing it the old-fashioned way, I use my Swiffer Duster. When the dust (and fur) is bad enough on surfaces, I’ll break our the rag and Pledge, then go back over it with my Swiffer Duster. Plus, with the optional extender you can purchase, cleaning those hard-to-reach places and fan blades was never easier!
Ah, my beloved Swiffer Sweeper. It’s the best thing to pick up all those fur bunnies around the house. With the majority of the house being tile, it is so handy to just use the Swiffer Sweeper instead of breaking out the broom. Plus you can use it to easily dust your walls (yes, that’s a thing)! It’s also great for apartments and small spaces because it doubles as a mop with their wet pads!
3) Broom & Eye-Vac
I usually sweep, Swiffer Sweep, then actually mop our floors. Because we have so much tile (and dog hair), simply sweeping or just Swiffering doesn’t manage to get everything. When I sweep, I absolutely hate to use the little dust pan. I’m literally like one of those people on an infomercial. I just can’t do it. All the dirt and dog hair that I just swept manages to get everywhere. I used to just whip out my vacuum and vacuum up the little pile of junk, but for Christmas one year, my mom got me this.
A touch-less stationary vacuum box thing. I saw it on Pinterest and jokingly put it on my Christmas Wish List board, and was thrilled to see it on Christmas morning! I never thought I would actually get the thing, but I’m so glad I did. I use it all the time and it makes sweeping super easy! This is the newer version of the one I currently have, it looks super modern!
4) Eureka Vacuum
I might have mentioned I have two giant dogs and two cats before. If not, now you know. And their hair is everywhere. All. The. Time. At just over $100, this vacuum is amazing. Right after we moved in to this house, our older vacuum finally kicked it. After researching new vacuums and having so much trouble finding a decent one under $200, I stumbled on this baby. Meet the Eureka Airspeed Unlimited Rewind Bagless Upright Vacuum. The reviews are pretty great, and when people compared it to some other pretty fancy vacuums over double the price, it held it’s own. So I ordered one. Now, just over four years and a new filter or two later, it still works great! It won’t clog up with pet hair (or your hair)! Plus, it has a retractable cord with is pretty cool!
5) Libman Freedom Mop
I love my Libman Freedom Spray Mop. The pads are washable (so environmentally friendly), and I can use whatever cleaner I want. I don’t have to wring it out and I don’t need a bucket which makes moping super easy. And because the pads are washable, I don’t have to constantly buy replacement pads. It’s the perfect mop!
Now that we’ve been over my favorite cleaning products, how about we go over the actual cleaning part? If you look up Spring Cleaning lists on Pinterest, you will literally get thousands of results. If you want a pretty, long, and detailed list then go for it! Otherwise here’s my quick version:
- Wipe down all surfaces (counters, tables, stove, etc.)
- Swiffer Sweep
- Clean all air vents (every year)
- Change air filter (every 3-4 months, be sure to wipe down return vent when you do this!)
- Vacuum (carpets and furniture)
- Dust (surfaces, fans, blinds)
- Clean windows and other glass surfaces as needed (mirrors, picture frames, etc.)
- Swiffer Sweep walls (every few months – you’d be surprised how dusty your walls get!)
- For bathrooms:
And there you have it. My favorite cleaning tools and my quick cleaning list! What is your cleaning routine?
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