Household Shortcuts And Handy Hints
Hate cleaning? Me, not so much.
I quite like it really. I realize that lands me smack dab in the vast minority of people by making a statement like that, but it’s true. I find it relaxing and it’s very satisfying having a clean and tidy area once all is said and done.
What I don’t enjoy is a cleaning escapade that takes all day leaving no time to even sit and look longingly at my efforts. Over the past few years I’ve sought out tricks and short-cuts that make cleaning easier, more efficient and best of all quick. Here is what I’ve found so far.
Household shortcuts and handy hints
1. For lonely socks. Hang a cork-board/bulletin board close to where you fold laundry. The next time a lone sock emerges from the dryer, pin it to the board instead of taking it back to the sock drawer without it’s mate. The other lonely sock will eventually turn up and all you have to do is see if it matches one already hanging on the board.
2. Paper shredder. If you shred a fair bit of paper around your place (credit card or bank statements, receipts and paid bills) a great idea is to place the shredder directly over the recycle bin. There is no digging out the shredder, finding a container to shred it into or moving the shredded paper into the recycling bin it’s all there and good to go. This really helps reduce the paper clutter from piling up especially if shredder close to where you process the mail.
3. All purpose cleaner. Use an all purpose cleaner for the bulk of your cleaning. If you were to use a “made for (blank)” product for everything you own it would take you a lot longer to clean and you’d have a huge amount of clutter under sinks and in storage closets. Of course you can’t use all purpose cleaner for dusting or cleaning mirrors so a few additional products like air fresheners, glass cleaner and dusting spray are understandable.
4. Garbage bags. Leave the roll of garbage bags at the bottom of your bin. When you remove the full bag a new one is right there for you to grab and reline the bin with immediately. No more walking to the bin with a handful of waste only to realize you didn’t replace the bag!
5. Cleaning caddy. This wonderful invention allows you to corral cleaning products all together in one location. You can simply pick up the caddy, move from room-to-room and have everything you need right at your finger tips. You can purchase an actual caddy or just re-purpose a plastic container or wicker basket you already have around the house.
6. Cleaning products under each sink. If you don’t like the idea of carting cleaning products from room to room consider storing general cleaning products under each sink. I love this one! Everything is there right when you need it. Try storing all purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, a cloth, paper towels and an old toothbrush under each sink. You never have to leave the bathroom to get the supplies you need to clean it with.
7. Nightly reset. At the end of each day give yourself 5 minutes to sweep through the house and return items to where they should be. This is one of the best habits to get into. It can make cleaning the next day all the more bearable when your stuff isn’t scattered all over the place.
8. Quick clean. I am a huge fan of the 20 minute quick clean. It’s a great way to quickly freshen up a few rooms without spending the whole day cleaning. It also works wonders when you get a phone call with someone saying “we’ll be there in 20 minutes”.
I’m sure there are a ton of other great ideas on making cleaning or running your home more efficient. I would love it if you would share your shortcuts so I can add them to the arsenal.
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