Let’s face it, house cleaning is boring, and it always seems to take up way too much of your precious time. If you have to juggle work, family and running the household we’re pretty sure you’d rather have some free time during your days off to relax and unwind instead of spending hours doing the cleaning. Yes, it’s tempting to hire a cleaner to do the job for you but that costs money – and there are plenty of cleaning tricks that you can use to cut your cleaning time in half.
The family that cleans together, stays together
Since it’s everyone in the family who makes a mess in the house, there’s absolutely no reason why they shouldn’t all pitch in and help to clean it up. Yes, even your kids, who are in fact, the ones who often make the most mess. Getting them to help you is a great foundation that will teach them the importance of keeping things clean and tidy. They don’t need to do the heavy cleaning chores, but they can clean their own mess, such as cluttered toys or clothes. You’ll be surprised how much time you’ll be able to save when everyone helps you out.
Clean as you go
Practice the clean as you go policy in your household. Tell everyone to clean the sink after brushing their teeth, put the dishes directly into the dishwasher when they finish eating, throw their rubbish into the bin and empty it once it gets full. In the kitchen, wipe down the benchtop and cooktop once meals are over and sweep or vacuum up any crumbs. Cleaning any mess as you go helps to reduce the areas you need to clean on your day off, saving you time.
Schedule cleaning tasks every day
There’s no reason why you need to load all of your cleaning tasks into the same day. Break your tasks down into chunks and create a schedule for things that you can clean on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. For example, sweep your kitchen floor every day, clean your windows once a week, and vacuum your sofa once a month. Breaking the tasks down helps you maintain your focus on what needs to be done at a specific time - and by doing a little every day, the cleaning won’t seem like such a chore.
Get a robot to help
Those little robot vacuum cleaners may be a little on the costly side but investing in one will save you heaps of time. These smart little helpers navigate their way around your floors, cleaning as they go and then returning to a home base module once they’re finished. Some models even come with an automatic dirt disposal system so you don’t need to worry about constantly removing any dust and dirt from the cleaner.
Use the right tools
The tools you use when you’re cleaning can make a huge difference to how effective you are. For example, use a microfiber cloth to clean glass and wooden surfaces instead of an old damp cloth where you have to keep wiping, but never seem to get all of the marks out. Dust and dirt cling to the microfiber cloth, making your surfaces easier and faster to clean and shine. Knowing exactly what tools to use will reduce your cleaning time, with a bonus of not getting frustrated in the process.
Another awesome tool is a spray mop – this has an integrated spray bottle for your floor cleaner, so all you need to do is pull the trigger and mop. Keep it handy so you can whizz over the kitchen and bathroom floors in next to no time.
Go ahead, grab some free time!
These house cleaning tips can definitely cut your cleaning time in half, giving you more free time to spend doing things you love during your day off. A lunch out with the family, perhaps? A relaxing facial at your favourite spa? Or maybe even a weekend getaway which is suddenly possible now that you have that extra free time!
If your finances aren’t quite up to the cost of a short break (or a robot vacuum!), we’re here to help. Just take a look at our cash loans from $1,000 to find out how quick and easy it is to get your hands on some extra funds. Once a loan is approved, we can usually deposit the cash into your bank account within a few hours - so that you can spend that free time however you want to!