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10 Speedy Ways to Make Cleaning the House So Much Faster

WRITTEN by CHRISSY, LAST UPDATED ON April 1, 2024

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Chores are never ending, so it makes sense to find ways to make cleaning the house faster, right!? Use one (or more!) of these 10 clever ideas and you’ll be speedier than ever before. What will you do with that extra time?

15 Speedy Ways To Make Cleaning You Home Faster

I remember one Saturday afternoon a few years ago when I had a heap of errands to run and, of course, a house that desperately needed cleaning.

I’d planned to quickly scrub down the kitchen, vacuum the living room, and tidy up the bedrooms before heading out to pick up groceries, drop off dry-cleaning, and meet a friend for coffee.

But as I stood in the kitchen, I could see the floor needed a sweep and steam mop.

Plus, as I moved to the living room, I noticed dust on every surface, and a floor that looked like it hadn’t seen a vacuum cleaner in months.

Before I knew it, hours had passed, and my errands list was still as long as it had been in the morning.

The cleaning had consumed my entire day, and I was left wondering how I could have done it more quickly…

If you’ve had days like this, then you’re likely to understand the frustration.

Luckily I now know some tricks to make things much faster and so I wanted to share them with you today to help you make more of your Saturdays (or any day really…)!

These tips really will help you save lots of time while still maintaining a clean and tidy home – so let’s get started, shall we…

How To Make Cleaning The House Faster – 10 Ways To Try

#1 – Have Your Supplies Ready

Nothing wastes time more than looking for things you need to do a job. And worse still if you have run out and then need to go to the shops before you can even start!

As such, make sure you always have a cleaning kit stocked and ready to go – so you can be done asap.

TIP: Always charge items after use, so they’re fully charged before you put them away. This means they’ll be ready for when you next need them, without having to wait around.

#2 – Put What You Need Where You Need It

Along with having your supplies ready – it’s worth having some of your supplies in the right rooms so you don’t have to spend any time moving them there.

This is especially useful in your Kitchen and Bathroom – and often these rooms needs specific products so you may as well have a cleaning box in each one ready to go.

#3 – Invest in Quality Cleaning Tools

One way to speed up the cleaning process is by using quality cleaning tools. This could mean investing in a high-powered vacuum cleaner, a steam mop for hard floors, or even a robot vacuum to do the work for you.

Having the right tools can make all the difference and save you time and energy in the long run.

#4 – Multitask When You Can

A lot of professional cleaners know this trick – and it’s so time saving I had to add it here!

The trick is to spray or squirt the cleaning products onto the surfaces and leave them to work while you get on with other cleaning jobs.

When you get back, you can wipe and it’s done rather than spending lots of time scrubbing.

This is particularly good for bathrooms (toilet, sink, shower, bath), kitchens (sink, bin), and any stained areas.

#5 – Automate WhEN POSSIBLE

Robot Vacuums can be cleaning without you even spending a second on the hoovering.

There are lots of ways you can automate things to save you time – yes, they may take a little up front cost or effort, but the time saved overall far outweighs the upfront costs.

#6 – Get The Rest Of The Household Involved

Cleaning can often feel like a thankless task when you’re doing everything yourself.

But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Get everyone involved in maintaining a clean and tidy home by delegating some tasks to each person.

Your partner and yourself may want to distribute things based on what you prefer doing (that’s always going to be quicker than doing the things you don’t like), and on the time you each have available.

If you have children, then you’ll want to base their chores on their age and abilities.

Not only does this lighten the load for you, and save you time, but it also teaches responsibility and teamwork to your children – a win-win situation for sure.

TIP: If you don’t live with anyone else, you can still delegate by doing chores swaps with friends (are you fine with ironing? if so you can do theirs, and they could do your dusting as they enjoy that). Or what about paying for some help – this can save time as well of course.

#7 – Follow the Top-to-Bottom Rule

When it comes to cleaning a room, always start from the top and work your way down. This means dusting shelves and surfaces before vacuuming or mopping the floors.

This method ensures that any dirt or debris that falls will be picked up during the final step, rather than having to repeat tasks and wasting time doing so.

#8 – Focus On What You Need To Do, When

The best way to stay on top of house cleaning is by creating a schedule that works for you.

This could be daily, weekly or even monthly – whatever works best for your lifestyle and the size of your home.

Having a schedule in place will help you focus on specific tasks each day, rather than trying to tackle everything at once, or getting sidetracked which can waste lots of time.

A schedule not only makes cleaning faster, but also prevents overwhelm and burnout. You know when you’ve finished, and you also know that everything will get done at a given time, so you don’t have to worry about it all in one go.

#9 – Keep A Tidy Home

If you have a lot of mess and clutter around your home, you have to deal with that in some way before you can even get to the things you need to clean:

  • Move items to clean underneath them
  • Put clothes away that are on your bed before you can change the bedding
  • Empty the dishwasher / sink before you can deal with the dirty dishes

etc…

Not only that, but you have to clean any stuff you have that you want to keep – which also takes time.

Getting rid of clutter would eliminate 40% of housework

If you can declutter your home regularly, and then take a few minutes a day to reset your house each evening by tidying the surfaces and moving things back to where they belong – your cleaning will naturally take a lot less time.

Plus, your home will look better on a daily basis – not just after you’ve cleaned it.

#10 – Set A Timer

Lastly, one of the best ways to speed up your cleaning is by setting a timer.

Giving yourself a set amount of time (say 30 minutes) and seeing what you can get done in that time frame creates a sense of urgency and keeps you focused on the task at hand.

You’ll be surprised at how much you can accomplish when racing against the clock.

15 Speedy Ways To Make Cleaning You Home Faster

So there you have it – 10 tips to help you clean your home way faster than ever before.

Implement even just a few of these strategies, and you’re sure to see a massive difference in how quickly you can get your home looking spotless.

Happy cleaning – and enjoy all that extra time you’ve saved…

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This article was written by Chrissy

Hi - I'm Chrissy... Having run my own business for 12 years as a Professional Organiser and Interior Designer, I know what works (and what doesn't!) when it comes to setting up a home that works both functionally and aesthetically. Now you can mostly find me in a coffee shop or at home, working full time on OrganiseMyHouse.com (which I setup back in 2011) sharing all my tips and ideas. My mission is to help you create a home that you love to live in every day...

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