You have 2 days to squeeze in soccer games, ballet classes, grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning your house date night, family game night…and if you manage it, sleeping in and free time. Working all week hardly leaves much time for house work and memory making family time. Spend more time doing the latter and less on cleaning. With the right system and the right tools there is no need to spend all day cleaning your home. So how do you start cleaning efficiently?
The most important thing with cleaning efficiently is to have a plan, move sequentially with your steps. Don’t waste extra time and steps going back over surfaces or grabbing supplies from another room. Cleaning should flow from one surface to the next and one room to the next.
When I owned my cleaning business, we used this process every time with no deviation. We were able to clean a 3000 square foot home, with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in 2 hours and 45 minutes.
An efficient home cleaning system will maximize your steps (you should never clean the same surface twice) and maximize your cleaners cleaning power (let your cleaner work for you!).
5 Rules to cleaning efficiently
Have your cleaner and tools in reaching distance. Wear an apron or carry a bucket. Don’t waste time looking for a cleaner or wasting steps to get a tool.
- Avoid having to clean an area more than once. Always clean from top to bottom. Gravity is real, dust and debris will fall onto area’s already cleaned.
- Limit the amount of steps you take. To maximize your steps, clean left to right. You will make a complete circle around the room never wasting a step.
- Use the right tools for the right job. Use tougher tools for tougher jobs. For example, use razor blades to scrap off stuck on grime.
- Let your cleaner work for you. Let your cleaner work. Most cleaners need to sit on surfaces to penetrate grime. Let them and you will scrub less.
The more you adapt to the cleaning process the faster you will become! Cleaning efficiently has become a game for me. Each time I clean, I try to achieve more efficient bench marks. My husband laughs at me because I will wear my fitbit to count my steps. I get excited when I can finish cleaning my entire house in less than 2000 steps!
Next time you clean your house wear a step counter, most newer smart phone can count your steps, and record how many you take. As you start getting less steps you’ll know that your efficiency is improving. And that just means more time to do the things you actually love!
The Cleaning System –
- Remove rugs, shake debris off and set to the side. Vacuum the floor. It is easier to vacuum 1st before the floor gets wet. After that it is nearly impossible.
- Clean the vanity, wiping with your right hand (or left, which ever is your dominant) and lifting contents with your left hand. Try to avoid removing every thing and having to place it back. It wastes extra time and steps.
- Sanitize and clean the toilet.
- Scrub the tub and the shower. Make sure your cleaner has time to soak on the surfaces. Soap scum will clean off easier with minimal scrubbing required.
- Mop the Floor. Start in the farthest corner of the bathroom and mop your way out of the door.
- Moving from the bathroom, dust from left to right, top to bottom of the room. Long dusting first and then follow with short dusting.
- Vacuum starting from the furthest corner of the room and making your way out the door.
- Attack these bathrooms in the same progression as the master bathro. They are smaller and will take a third of the time.
- Start in the children/guest bedrooms. Dusting from the left of the door, long dust and follow with a short dust.
- Dust the living room, family room, den, and any other remaining rooms. Use the same dusting pattern, left to right and top to bottom.
- Starting left of the kitchen sink, wipe down the counters and any appliances and cabinet faces you pass by. Wipe with the same process as in the bathrooms, lift with your dominant hand and wipe with your other. Wipe all debris to the floor, you will vacuum them up.
- Wipe the face of the refrigerator, stove top and inside of the microwave when you pass.
- Finish the kitchen with the sink.
Vacuum and mop
- Starting in the farthest bedroom vacuum your way to the kitchen.
I want to hear from you!
Let me know how you did! Track your steps and you time and comment below.
Do you have any tips on how you improve your cleaning efficiency? Let me know, I love hearing other ideas to improve upon my own process!