Household Tip: Cleanup Efficiency

Want to cut down on the amount of time you spend cleaning your home? Try these tips!

Organize your cleaning supplies. The first step to cleaning efficiency is to ensure you're not wasting time scrambling around to find different cleaning supplies for different purposes. Instead, assemble all your cleaning supplies into one, easy-to-access bucket or other handy carrier that you can grab and go. Include your rubber gloves, cleaning sprays, rags, sponges, brushes and a roll of paper towels in your portable cleaning tote.

Cut the distractions. With the possible exception of blaring your favourite, high-energy music to invigorate you while you clean, mute all your other electronics. That includes no peeking at your phone, your computer or your TV!

Start with the easy stuff. Tackle the rooms that need the least work first, so you can enjoy some instant gratification — and therefore inspiration to keep going.

Avoid the detailed stuff — for now. If you're in a hurry to spruce up your overall space, don't get bogged down with time-consuming projects that focus on one small area, such as organizing the linen closet or pantry. Save those for another time when you can concentrate only on those tasks, one at a time.