An hourglass standing on pebbles, symbolizing the importance of time management for maintaining a clean and healthy home efficiently.

Keeping a clean home in modern times can feel like trying to juggle working chainsaws while riding a unicycle on a rope. With work, commute, getting children to school, cooking, and everything else you have going on, cleaning gets kind of low on the totem poll.

I’ve been there and guess what – with a bit of clever time management, you can turn that circus act into a well-rehearsed ballet. A systematic approach not only saves you time but also makes cleaning a lot less stressful. If you can do meal preps to save time on cooking, you can learn to save time on cleaning, too. Let’s get started!

In this article:

  • Perform a time audit
  • Create a cleaning checklist
  • Set realistic goals and targets
  • Prioritise cleaning tasks
  • Develop a routine
  • Avoid distractions
  • Schedule regular breaks
  • Review and adjust your schedule
  • Conclusion

Perform a time audit

First things first, let’s figure out where your time is actually going. It’s like doing a budget for your time instead of your money. I used to hate doing this but I’ve learned to embrace it, lately. Once I figured out I was wasting hours a day, reclaiming that time felt so rewarding.

So how do you conduct a time audit for cleaning?

  • Spend a week noting down every cleaning task you do and how long it takes.
  • Figure out what’s eating up most of your time and look for patterns.

In my case, dusting was the bane of my existence. Even though I keep my desk clutter-free, it turned out that things kind of slip in over time. A notebook here, a pen and a few coins there. Wait, is that my charger under my monitor?

So I made a note of it – declutter my desk every week. From there on out, it was a lot easier to dust my desk, too. On a side note, it’s crazy how stuff can just creep in, isn’t it?

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Create a cleaning checklist

I’ve talked about checklists for cleaning efficiency before. That’s because they work. They keep you on track and ensure nothing is overlooked.

  • Break tasks down by room (e.g., kitchen, bathroom, living room).
  • Categorize them into daily, weekly, and monthly tasks.

I know this sounds like a huge drag but trust me – it’s a game changer. Once you get into the groove of things, you won’t even have to look at the checklists (maybe a glance here and there). The only thing I regret is I didn’t start doing this earlier.

Set realistic goals and targets

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a spotless home. This is especially true if you haven’t developed a cleaning system, yet. It will take you a while before you can get things moving.

Even when it comes to regular professional cleaning services, you’re better off starting with a one-off cleaning service in London and then moving to regular. This is because it takes more time and effort to get things started than keep them going.

Start small and build up.

  • Set achievable goals to keep you motivated.
  • Write things down and then cross them off your list. Trust me, it makes all the difference.
  • Gradually increase your targets as you get into the groove.

For example, you can aim to cut down your kitchen cleaning time by 5 minutes each week. It’s a small step, but those minutes add up. If you can save 20 minutes without compromising quality, that’s 20 minutes you can now use to do something you want.

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Prioritise cleaning tasks

Not all cleaning tasks are created equal so make sure you’re not wasting your time on stuff that doesn’t matter. Focus on what matters most.

  • High-traffic areas like the kitchen and bathrooms should be your top priority.
  • You can clean less-used areas less frequently.
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Clean the kitchen and bathrooms daily. Bedrooms can get a refresh twice a week. This way, the spaces you use the most stay the cleanest.

Develop a routine

I know, I used to hate routines, too. It sounds boring and predictable (and it is), but it’s your best ally in maintaining a clean home.

  • Establish a daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning schedule.
  • Stick to your routine as much as possible.

Dedicate 30 minutes every evening for daily chores and a couple of hours on weekends for deeper cleaning. Routine makes everything easier. Optimise the checklists from the earlier point for time.

Of course, an even easier way to develop a cleaning routine is to have someone do your regular cleaning for you.

Avoid distractions

Cleaning is not a fun activity for most people. That’s why we get the memes about people who start cleaning their bedroom and who start reading the book they found under the bed (even though they’re not avid readers). Most activities are preferable to cleaning, but you have to stay on course.

  • Turn off phone notifications and close unnecessary tabs.
  • Focus on one task at a time to avoid getting sidetracked.

Put your phone on silent mode and resist the urge to check it until you’re done. Distractions can significantly extend the time needed to complete tasks.

Schedule regular breaks

This may seem like it flies in the face of the previous point, but it’s actually a natural extension of it. Scheduled breaks are a great way to take a breather, make some, check your phone and make sure you haven’t missed anything important without devolving into a procrastination session.

A person resting their feet on a cushioned stool, illustrating the importance of taking regular breaks to maintain focus and productivity during home cleaning tasks.

Take a 5-minute break every 30 minutes to stay fresh and focused. This keeps your energy up and prevents exhaustion. And let’s face it – it prevents getting bored, too.

Review and adjust your schedule

Regularly reviewing your schedule ensures it remains effective and efficient. At the end of each month, review your cleaning routine and make adjustments as needed. Continuous improvement is the name of the game.

Conclusion

The secret of a clean and healthy home lies in efficiency and time management. Start using these tips today and enjoy a cleaner, more organised home. Remember, consistency and continuous improvement are key. And, as always, if you need us, we’re never more than a phone call away.

Samyx Cleaning - Branding Consultant, Author - Atanas
Author: Atanas Dzhingarov

Hi, I’m Atanas - brand consultant and writer. I’m helping Samyx Cleaning create the best cleaning company blog on the Internet. Join us on our journey and learn how to live a cleaner, healthier, happier life in the process.