No need to play the part of Cinderella when I have the best tips for cleaning your house in just 20 minutes a day. Here’s how!
I so miss having a house keeper. Not only was she a lifesaver because, although the task of cleaning is not beneath me by any means, I would just rather do something else. But with the pandemic looming and two furloughed parents, it was time to change out the vacuum bag, pick up the duster, gather the cleaners and get to work.
My biggest obstacle was time management. With everything else I have going on around here, I simply didn’t, nor don’t, have one day to dedicate entirely to housecleaning. I do have help – two teenagers that I bribe with an all or nothing allowance, and a husband that sometimes may or may not clean with just one eye open….
But I’ll take what I can get, yet cleaning the house was still taking a long time. The vacuum couldn’t run during school hours, then there was homework, blah, blah. Everyone, including me, was asking “how can we make housecleaning go faster, and still do a good job?”
So I decided to tackle housecleaning like lots of other tasks: one day at a time. This way a certain chore is dedicated to a certain day. And, since I also decided to divide and conquer, not everyone is cleaning every day. We’ve got this down to a housecleaning 20 minute science, with the whole family chipping in.
Here’s My Tips For Cleaning Your House In Just 20 Minutes
MONDAY: Vacuum day downstairs. I have found that Mondays are the best day to vacuum because of weekend traffic and activity. There’s always a random leaf and certainly a few extra dust bunnies on Monday’s and this proved to be the best day to vacuum. Queue Caroline.
TUESDAY: Clean showers and bathtubs, including clearing the drains, and wipe down floors. This is a chore I don’t like in the least, and since Sean doesn’t seem to mind, this is his task.
WEDNESDAY: Clean toilets, sinks and mirrors. Although this day is for a thorough cleaning, every couple days the toilets do get a squirt of cleaner, too. Sean and Mac divide and conquer here for obvi reasons.
THURSDAY: Clean kitchen and dust furniture. These are my chores. As I like the kitchen cleaned just so, I prefer to do it. And, with this little helper, dusting furniture is doesn’t take much time at all.
FRIDAY: Vacuum upstairs. We’re each responsible for vacuuming our own rooms on this day. Sean and I take turns with our bedroom, and with the hallways. By having everyone responsible for their own space, vacuuming isn’t so daunting.
To answer your question, yes I did get some feedback from M & C about having to clean and do chores, but as my Daddy would say, tough bippy. These are life skills, I told them, and everyone needs to keep a clean house, including teens.
So far, by designating a day to a chore, we’ve managed to keep our housecleaning down to just 20 minutes a day. And, since it’s worked so well here, it’s a great tip to share with all my peeps.