Our homes is the centre of our lives. We return there after a day of work or play. It is the space where we gather with family, pets, and friends. All that living means mess, and clutter. What every house has in common - no matter the size or shape or age or decor - is that it needs to be cleaned. Many choose a professional house cleaning service or get their kids to help out. Others roll up their sleeves and get to it themselves. No matter what option is right for you, a little planning will help you get the most out of your house cleaning. Here are some tips for how to prepare for cleaning day.
1. Make a Plan
No one has unlimited time or budget! To make the most of your house cleaning investment, think about what is a priority for you. What bothers you most? It could be that a sparkling bathroom fills your heart with joy. Maybe full garbage cans bothers you more than a smudge on the mirror. What cleaning tasks do you enjoy doing? For many years at Concierge Home Services, we had a client who loved to vacuum up the hair from his 3 dogs. For him, it was a relaxing way to unwind at the end of a stressful day. For his home, our cleaning routine focused on bathrooms, kitchen, and dusting. So think about what tasks you really want to delegate, and make a plan of what cleaning tasks are a priority for your home.
2. Ready Your Supplies
Michelangelo didn’t use just his talent to create great art - he needed paints and brushes. A skilled house cleaner also needs tools to create clean from clutter. Make sure you have a vacuum that suits your flooring, and the right cleaning products. There are lots of reasons to choose environmentally friendly products. There are so many temptations in the cleaning aisle! However, there is no need to buy dozens of bottles. Start with a few basics, and then buy more to meet a specific cleaning need. Here is a basic checklist:
- All purpose cleaner
- Vinegar or glass cleaner
- Baking soda or gritty cleaner for tub and tile
- Microfibre cloths
- Toothbrush for edges
- Scrub brush for tub and tile
- Toilet brush
- Microfibre mop (washable)
3. Clear the Clutter!
The time spent on house cleaning will be more efficient if clutter isn’t getting in the way. If you are having a hard time keeping clutter under control at your house, then we recommend that you work with a professional organizer. A professional organizer can help you with the decisions on what to keep, and what to let go. They can also remove any items you want to donate, which creates more space for you, and makes tidying and cleaning easier. A professional organizer can also help by putting systems in place so you can find your items quickly, and save you time and money by not having to go out and buy something that you already own but can’t find. They also have a wealth of strategies and solutions which will help you get organized, and stay that way.
Bonus Tip - Don’t Forget About Your Pets!
You don’t want your lovely puppy prancing across a freshly cleaned floor, leaving behind a trail of paw prints! If your pet is likely to follow around whomever is cleaning, or running off with microfibre cloths, then get them out of the way. Go out for a walk while the house is being cleaned, crate them, or separate in another part of the house. Also, if the sound of the vacuum makes your pet anxious, then make things easier on them on cleaning day.
These basic 3 steps to prepare for cleaning day will make the most out of your house cleaning investment!