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Do you want to know how to clean your house fast? The easiest way to keep your home clean is by making a Turbo Tidy part of your daily routine! I used to wonder if it was possible to keep the house clean with young children. Cleaning up after the 6+ meals a day, let alone cleaning the entire house, can be a lofty endeavor. Until recently, I would have thought “NO it’s not possible, so I’m not going to bother trying!” However, after some trial and error, I’ve finally found a method that works! I don’t feel like I have to slave away cleaning all day every day, just to live in a tidy home.
A Messy Home is Limiting
I made a lot of excuses for my dirty home for a long time. However, while I was on maternity leave, after having our second child, I realized that a messy home was distracting me from everything else that I wanted to do. Additionally, I didn’t want to host play-dates at my house, paralyzed by the fear of embarrassment of someone seeing a filthy toilet bowl and judging me permanently as a disgusting slob. I found impromptu play-dates often worked better than those planned in advance, so that caused a lot of stress and frantic cleaning if we did invite someone over. The Turbo Tidy is an easy solution that doesn’t require me to feel like I am cleaning all the time nor cause me to yell at my children in frustration when they interfere with a mad cleaning frenzy.
When I first created the cleaning checklist I’d planned to do everything every day. Hahahahahahaha! After several attempts at that, it was too easy to let cleaning take over the whole day… or more frequently, I’d be intimidated by the immensity of it and not start at all. I also tried assigning specific tasks to specific days of the week, but that seemed complicated. Instead, I’ve found that the SECRET to how to clean house fast is doing as much as you can and trying to beat the clock with just 15 minutes. And that my friends, is how the Turbo Tidy came to be!
I let our toddler flip the
The Cleaning Checklist
How do bathrooms get so dirty so quickly? I guess since I have a potty-training toddler that answer should be obvious. Or really, just having a toddler in general. Toothpaste is splattered on the mirror and sometimes smeared on the cabinets. I digress.
- Spray toilet bowl with cleaner (I like to sprinkle baking soda and then put about 1/2c of distilled white vinegar in) & allow to soak
- Disinfectant wipes (I use Clorox wipes, but sometimes they are pretty wet and need to be followed with a paper towel) to quickly wipe sinks & counter (bonus points for the light switch!)
- Disinfectant wipes to quickly wipe the toilet and surrounding floor
- Toilet brush to quickly scrub toilet bowl & rim
- Kid tip: I give my toddler a spray bottle of water and direct him to spray the shower while I’m cleaning
The main living spaces are highly rewarding to clean because they’re the most visible! (If you ever in a pinch and need to clean your house fast, definitely focus on the living spaces first!)
- I start the Roomba downstairs before I start working through the living spaces upstairs
- I use a damp microfiber cloth to quickly dust all hard surfaces (tables, dining chairs, furniture (if leather)
- Kid tip: I hand our toddler a dry rag and direct him to some low surfaces
The kitchen is usually pretty quick because we clean it at night after dinner. I cannot stand to wake up to dirty dishes in the sink. I need to be able to navigate the way to my coffee smoothly and quickly without anything to anger me along the way.
- Unload the dishwasher and gather any stray dirty dishes and put them in the dishwasher. (Depending on your household, this may be a daily chore that doesn’t fit as well on the rotating checklist.)
- Clean the stainless appliances and the trash can with this fantastic cleaner. It doesn’t require as much buffing as a lot of other stainless cleaners. Good-bye, smudged toddler hand-prints!
- Since we have cats and a toddler, I also use disinfectant wipes to quickly wipe all of the counters and the stove-top, as this cannot be done too often.
- Kid tip: Our toddler puts the silverware away as I tidy everything else.
The bedrooms are the lowest priority because we spend the least waking hours in them… To be honest, this is the area I’m most likely to skip, as other chores have a higher priority.
- I make the bed quickly
- Pick up any clothes, toys, or dishes that are lying around
- Use a damp microfiber rag to quickly dust all surfaces, including the headboard and footboard.
- Kid tip: Depending on how much there is to do, I’ll assign our toddler a task, like picking up 5 toys.
Note: Making the beds is on the rotating checklist in case it’s a new habit that you’re working to build, but automatically making your bed every morning is highly recommended! (Since making your bed is en vogue it seems there are a million articles about it, but I think this one sums up the major points nicely.)
- Wipe glass and mirrors with “for glass” microfiber cloth or World’s Best Glass Cleaner (the name says it all) for extra shine.
- I do sweeping/mopping and vacuuming at the same time. Literally. The Bissel Crosswave will vacuum and mop SIMULTANEOUSLY! Can I get an AMEN?! (Having time to vacuum and immediately follow with mopping meant it almost never happened, this 2-in-1 approach has been a game-changer!) Some days I move the couches and flip the dining room chairs up and some days I don’t.
- Kid tip: I try to give them a snack at this time so that they’re out of my way and I have free reign of the house 😀
The Turbo Tidy means everything isn’t always freshly spotless, it doesn’t have time to get terribly dirty either. If I make myself clean something just for the sake of cleaning it, it’s not worth it; I need to be able to SEE results or I feel like I’m wasting my time. We have some great strategies to maintain a clean home!
For me, this Turbo Tidy in the morning qualifies as “eating the frog” (doing your least favorite task first so that it’s done and you don’t waste time/energy dreading it) and a “quick win” to boost my motivation to continue to have a productive day. Additionally, a tidy environment doesn’t distract me from the other things that I want to do that day. The air literally smells fresher and I feel comfortable and enjoy being in our space. My home is also more welcoming in this condition and I don’t think twice before inviting friends over. Involving kids makes
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