In this post, we share several helpful cleaning tips for beginners and pros alike.
With these 7 cleaning quick tips, you will learn ways to make cleaning your home much easier, and how minimalism can help with this.
If you are ready to see the impact these simple tips can have on your home, then this post is for you!
Let’s get started..
Cleaning My Minimalist Home
One hot summer day I came home. I had been cleaning houses all day and yet my home was still dirty.
There is nothing quite as deflating as that.
Arriving home is something we all look forward to at the end of a long day. But have you ever arrived home just to see a mountain of work ahead of you?
I’m sure you have!
The good thing about that hot summer day when I arrived home to my dirty house was this: I’m a minimalist.
My home was small and simple. I wasn’t going to have to rely on fancy cleaning hacks to get the job done effectively.
It wasn’t going to be that hard to clean. What a relief!
Why Make Cleaning Easier?
I don’t know why I even have to ask this question but why should we want to make cleaning easier?
I know what you are thinking, because it’s soooo boring and annoying and no one wants to do it.
Believe it or not, I feel the same way.
Cleaning is literally the least interesting thing I have to do, but it is also very important.
A clean home is healthier and more pleasant to be in.
It is easier to have your friends over when your home is clean and tidy.
For that matter, it’s easier to get dressed in the morning and find your keys if your house is clean.
I want to make cleaning easier for you because of all those reasons and one more:
I know that if you can get your cleaning done faster you can spend the rest of your time on fun and important things that will help you build a life you love!
Can You Make Cleaning Easier?
Can you make cleaning your house easier? Is it possible to cut your cleaning time in half?
In short: Absolutely.
As a minimalist (and professional cleaning lady) I know how to clean a house professionally, as well as how to keep it simple.
So if you’ve ever asked yourself how do housekeepers clean so fast? or wondered how do you do a quick clean at home?
I can help! Let me reveal my house cleaning secrets.
There are 7 ways minimalism makes your house easier to clean. Let’s find out what they are..
7 Easy 'Cleaning Quick Tips' To Try For Yourself
There are numerous benefits of living a minimalist life. And keeping a clean, neat and tidy home is just one of them.
So let’s get to work and find out why and how minimalism can make it easier to clean your house.
1. Clean a Smaller Space
First of all, if you are already a minimalist you probably are living in a smaller home than you would have otherwise. That’s because we buy big spaces to store our stuff. Isn’t that silly?
So if you have less stuff you need less space. No matter how you figure it, a smaller space takes less time to clean.
What if you are living in a larger home? Could you reduce the amount of space you need to clean regularly by closing off a couple of extra rooms? Maybe you don’t need to use all your bathrooms?
When you stop using part of your house it will still need to be cleaned but it won’t need to be cleaned as often. And if it is decluttered it will be a snap to clean when the time comes.
2. Have Less Stuff to Clean
In what other ways can minimalism make cleaning the house easier?
Well, here’s a big one. The less stuff you have the faster you can clean your house. We will get into this in more detail but here is a fundamental truth from the cleaning lady:
Everything gets dirty.
Here is another fundamental truth:
Everything you own owns you back.
If you have a lot of stuff you have a lot to clean. The less stuff you have the less you have to clean and the faster it will be to clean the house.
This is a proven fact. I’ve cleaned very big houses that belonged to minimalists in less time than small homes that are full of clutter.
I bet that knowing that makes you want to know how to declutter your home and live a minimalist lifestyle.
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3. Pair Down Decor
Let’s get specific. One of the biggest time suckers when you are cleaning your home is having to dust a million snow globes or a village of porcelain houses or a collection of dolls.
Trust me, a shelf without meaningless knick-knacks takes half a second to dust whereas one with tons of them can take minutes.
If you want to make cleaning your house easier, let go of decorations that don’t mean that much to you.
Instead, focus on bigger statements that tell your story. That way your home can still feel personal and can still display your style without taking forever to dust.
4. Clear the Countertops
Now that you have less miscellaneous home décor there is another problem that makes cleaning your house take for-ev-er. And minimalism can help!
First, what’s the problem we are going to solve?
Clutter on the countertops.
Nothing slows me down like having to move a bunch of stuff around to clean. And countertop clutter is different because it usually isn’t purposeful.
Countertop clutter includes kids’ homework and art, old mail, random items that need put away somewhere else, and last but not least an excessive number of gadgets for cooking.
If you are a minimalist this problem never gets too bad.
You don’t have an excessive number of gadgets sitting out on your counter. Things you use every day like the coffee pot are fine but you have room in your cabinets for the crock pot, the Instant Pot, and the waffle maker (if you even have those items).
As a minimalist, you also aren’t likely to let that old mail and homework pile up. Your life is less overwhelming and you have gotten in the habit of filtering and handling items as they come in.
I guarantee if you keep the counter clutter to a minimum it will cut your cleaning time in half!
5. Don’t Store Stuff on the Floor
Do you know what is almost as bad as counter clutter? Floor clutter.
In fact, it might actually be worse. It gets dirtier and it’s more annoying to move around.
Think about it. What part of cleaning takes the longest?
The floors! Vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping comprise almost half of every cleaning job I have. If there’s a bunch of junk on the floor it takes even longer.
So what can you do to make cleaning easier?
Get stuff off the floors. The floor is not a storage solution.
Put a shoe rack by the door so your family doesn’t leave shoes strewn across the floor. Pick up dog toys and put them in one basket you can pick up. Have fewer rugs.
And when you are choosing furniture, pick items that have nice tall legs so you can sweep under them!
6. Opt for the Sleek and Smooth
When I go shopping with my mom she hates it. Do you know why?
Because the first thing I think of when she holds up a candle holder covered in crystals or a rough wooden horse figurine is how awful these items would be to clean. Let’s just say they are NOT Swiffer-friendly.
So how can you make cleaning easier? Choose sleeker and smoother surfaces.
Minimalism is known for its sleek look. You don’t have to stick to the minimalist aesthetic though. You just need to choose things that are smoother and less textured because they are easier to clean.
This goes for light fixtures, decorations, tile, countertops, cabinet doors, and more.
The smoother surfaces are just easier to clean. (Unless of course they are black, chrome, or glass. Then they will show EVERYTHING.)
7. Tidy Up
Finally, a minimalist home is easier to clean because it’s easier to tidy up.
Your home will never be completely mess-free. You live there!
But cleaning will be a lot easier when tidying is easier.
When you live the minimalist lifestyle and have less stuff that is organized within its designated cabinets and closets it becomes a lot easier to put things away.
When everything has a home you can put stuff away as you go.
If you get in the habit of a daily reset where you put things back, make your bed, and pick up stuff that’s lying on countertops and the floor cleaning will take half the time and feel a lot less stressful.
No need for an extensive cleaning house checklist, minimalism makes cleaning easy!
As you can see, cleaning your house will be a lot easier if you embrace minimalism.
I know you want a happy simple life and the key to having one is buried under all your junk.
It really is that easy. Have less stuff. Live more simply.
And finally, with all that time you saved cleaning, you do things you love and live a life you enjoy.
What About You?
What are some of your go-to cleaning quick tips?
Let us know in the comments below!