Housecleaning mistakes that waste time
You might think you're being as efficient as possible when going about your chores, but you could be spending more time than you need to. First things first: Shaw warns against using too many cleaning brands. "By reducing the amount of cleaners, you'll lug less around and save time," she advises. It's also important to set your priorities. The failure to identify cleaning priorities according to level of importance can waste time. "Many times we tend to gravitate toward cleaning areas that are less challenging over cleaning areas that require extra attention," says Shaw. This means you're likely wasting time and energy rather than getting to the larger tasks that just get bigger when you ignore them.
Need help getting on task? Shaw shares her top tips to keeping to a cleaning schedule.
Quick tip: Don't just make a cleaning schedule — stick to it!
Turn on some upbeat music and get started. "The bedroom is a place where we spend countless hours, so routine cleaning, frequent vacuuming and dusting are essential."
The kitchen is a high-traffic area where we prepare meals, eat, entertain or spend time with family, so it's going to need regular upkeep. "Activity in this space tends to be high, so emphasizing the importance in cleaning this space on a daily basis is necessary in order to maintain a hygienic kitchen environment, as well as understanding the art of speed cleaning," Shaw explains.
The family room is one of the most-used spaces and often the most casual, but that doesn't mean it's not going to get messy. "For some, it can be their place to sit and read the newspaper, to catch up on a favorite television show or to unwind at the end of a long day, but there is a good chance come morning time that you are left with a collection of random goods," notes Shaw. "If this is typical of your lifestyle, speed cleaning is essential."
So which room does Shaw hate cleaning the most? The bathroom. "Unfortunately, not everyone has mastered the art of proper bathroom etiquette. This small space can be a challenge if not maintained on a regular basis," she explains. "Everyone enjoys visiting a clean, fresh bathroom, yet not everyone understands the unpleasant labor involved in cleaning this space. Make cleaning this room a little less of a chore by communicating bathroom etiquette tips within your household."
Quick tip: Provide an accessible amount of supplies such as hand soap, toilet paper, room spray and guest towels in every bathroom and install a nightlight.
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