News just in; cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore. And how happy we are to hear it. Please elaborate, we hear you plead. Well, with the right attitude, tools and tips you can actually make it not only painless but, whisper it, a little fun too. Yep, unless tidying and cleaning is your passion (no judgment here) and you simply love to take your time over a good spit’n’polish, then we’re sure you’re looking for ways to take the hassle out of cleaning. We’re here to help, with these; our 5 IDEAL ways to take the hassle out of cleaning.

GET TASK SPECIFIC GADGETS 

First things first, you need to view the purchase of some decent cleaning equipment as an investment. Cleaning is an inevitable part of life and you’re going to be spending a lot of time doing it. So, take the hassle out of it, increase efficiency and reduce unnecessary time wasted by investing in the right tools for the task. 

When it comes to vacuum cleaners, as discussed on Squiffyclean.com, you need to get the right type to do the best shop. The best vacuums for rugs have a roller brush to agitate fibres and you need to take into account whether your rugs are low or high pile. And if you’re vacuuming bare floors, you should look into one that allows you to turn off the beater brush. If you own a pet and need to clean up pet hair, consider getting one with specifically designed boosted suction power – you can find more details on the best vacuum cleaners for pets via the previous link. 

REFRAME HOW YOU THINK OF IT 

A valuable tip for many of life’s responsibilities, this. If you view cleaning as a massive chore then inevitably it’s going to be viewed as an obstacle, too; something to resent, procrastinate and then abandon. However, if you reframe the way you look at cleaning, it can become a valuable part of the week. Use it as time to put on that podcast you’ve been meaning to listen to or that album you haven’t got round to enjoying yet. Or, think of it as exercise; when cleaning is done right, it’s said to burn 90 calories every quarter of an hour. Once you embrace the time spent with mop, bucket or brush as valuable, you’ll find it hangs over you far less.

HAVE A PLAN

Break things up into smaller tasks. Do the dusting one day, hoovering the next and polishing the mirrors another. By breaking things up, cleaning will become more manageable, and less burdensome physically and mentally. Indeed, by completing one chore throughout the entire house, otherwise known as ‘task cleaning’, before starting another the next day, things feel way faster and more efficient. This is because you’re focusing all of your attention on just one chore instead of getting distracted by lots of different areas that need cleaning and never quite completing a task to the best of your ability.

DEVELOP GOOD HABITS 

How many times have you let the dishes pile up until flies stalk the sink? It’s all too easy for cleaning to go from a minor inconvenience to a major undertaking when this is a regular occurrence. Little and often should be your mantra, to maintain the cleanliness of your home in the most efficient way possible. Indeed, it’s easy to quickly turn the house upside down but by being proactive and getting into the habit of getting stuff done straight away, you’ll eliminate the need for any deep clean at all.

So, make your bed in the morning, clean the dishes straight away, put things back as soon as you use them or take a few extra minutes to wipe tabletops down properly after each use. In doing so, you’ll find your house is cleaner, tasks more manageable and a build-up until the cleaning is untackleable is a thing of the past. 

DECLUTTER

Never underestimate the power of a good declutter. If you have stuff piled up everywhere that you have to move every time you clean, it’s going to get annoying, there’s no doubt about that. And, efficiency will inevitably suffer. Yep, clutter is a physical barrier to getting stuff done in terms of cleaning your home but it’s also a mental one; with stuff everywhere, you may deem the task too strenuous to even start. Having a good old fashioned clear out and deploying some clever storage solutions will help you make easy work out of cleaning.