Everybody wants a clean home, but few actually enjoy going through the process of cleaning the house. While some individuals may find cleaning to be somewhat therapeutic, others rarely enjoy a long face-off with dust, clutter, and rubbish.
However, by observing the right habits, tackling dirt and disorganization in your house can feel less daunting because you won’t have to deal with a serious cleaning situation every time.
So, what are the best cleaning habits to develop to make tidying up your home easier and faster to accomplish? A trusted cleaning company in Dubai has rounded up 10 of these below.
1. Always go paperless.
Receipts, letters from various billing companies, and all types of correspondence tend to make up a big chunk of the clutter at home. To get rid of these unnecessary paper items, sign up for paperless billing and switch to digital correspondence.
You may also want to unsubscribe to magazines. After all, the content you will find in them is often already available in digital form.
Once you rid your home of a lot of paper items, you will find that keeping a space neat becomes easier to do.
2. Stock up on handy disposable cleaning wipes to place in different parts of the house.
When you have easily accessible cleaning products in different parts of the house, you learn to avoid letting spills and various types of messes sit for a long time.
This habit offers a side advantage because typically when you use a good-sized cleaning wipe for a small spill, you feel like you should do more with the product. Thus, you end up cleaning a bigger surface and other things so as not to waste it.
3. Don’t let dirty dishes hang around in the sink.
Make it a habit to wash every dish and utensil after use. This will keep your sink clean and clear at all times; it will also prevent a pest infestation.
Wash what you have used right away, especially if those are just a few items. The chore will not feel burdensome because you will be done with it in under two minutes.
4. Clean as you go.
This is one cleaning trick that organized mothers have perfected through time. While food is simmering on the stove, wash the used utensils and put things back in place. Wipe the countertops as well.
All in all, use that free time away from the stove to put things back in order so that when the food is cooked, all you really have to do is eat.
5. Regularly edit your possessions.
The idea behind this is that the fewer things you have at home, the less time you have to devote to cleaning. This is actually what has driven many to minimalism.
If you still keep broken and unusable items, throw them away. Got clothes you no longer use or like? Donate them. Clear out your spaces of clutter, and it will automatically take you a lot less time to finish tidying up your home.
6. Keep an eye out for high-performing cleaning equipment.
One of the reasons why professional house keepers speed through the chores that take you a long time to finish is that they pair their cleaning expertise with high-quality cleaning equipment.
These pieces of equipment perform a more thorough job of getting dirt and grime off the floors, sucking dust from upholstery and carpet, and polishing surfaces at a much faster pace.
So, if you want to achieve the same level of cleanliness in your home, consider replacing old cleaning equipment with many better-performing ones.
Alternatively, you could hire cleaning service providers to perform more extensive cleaning on a regular schedule while you take care of daily tidying up.
7. Create a daily cleaning schedule.
Tackle cleaning tasks on a daily basis and dedicate about 15 minutes for them. This amount of time is not much, but you’ll be surprised at how much you can get things done every day. By the end of the week, when you are ready for a thorough cleanup, you will find that there’s really not much to do.
For example, on Mondays, pick up the laundry, segregate them, and put all the whites in the machine to wash and dry. This will only take you 10 minutes, especially if you have a small family. With the remaining five minutes, vacuum around different parts the house while putting things back in place to eliminate clutter.
Assign other 15-minutes cleaning tasks for the other days of the week. Your home will be decently clean for an entire week without you stressing over the chores and how much time they demand overall.
8. Tidy up here and there before going to bed or heading out.
Bringing out the trash as you head out, and fluffing pillows on the couch plus picking up clutter off the floor before going to bed, will mean that you will have fewer things to do the following day. These are all very easy tasks and as they become habits, they will feel less and less like chores.
9. Stop procrastinating.
If you can do something now, even if it is not part of your daily cleaning routine, go ahead and do it.
The problem with putting off tasks is that they tend to feel more challenging than they actually are when you finally get around to doing them. This is because you’ve set a specific time in the future to do them, and perhaps even paired them with other chores.
Every time you catch yourself not doing anything, in particular, think of a tidying-up activity you need to get around to that you can do right there and then.
Plunge head on. You will feel quite relieved afterward because the amount of time you need to set in the future for those tasks has already decreased.
10. Continue learning new cleaning hacks.
The internet offers abundant information to help make your life simpler. Use the advice and tips there to cut your cleaning time in half. Stay updated and open to new information that you can use.
Nothing compares to the joy and satisfaction of having a clean home. With the right habits that make the act of tidying up fast and easy, you can turn your home into a beautiful and relaxing sanctuary for your body, mind, and soul.
Mohamed Samad is the Founder & CEO of Matic Services. He started the company in 2016 after a series of small start-ups within the home services sector. Prior to that, Mohamed was Vice President at Greenstone Equity Partners, where he spent 24 months building the UAE business from 2011-2013 with its founder.