How To Clean Your House The Lazy Way

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I absolutely loathe cleaning. Pretty sure I would rather just burn the house down then clean. OK, maybe not burn the house down because I need shelter and stuff, but you get my point. Having six kids would make some people assume I have a ton of help. Clearly, you don’t know my kids. Don’t get me wrong, if forced or bribed they will help. Out of the goodness of their hearts? Yeah, that is not happening.

See, I also have A.D.D. so this really doesn’t fuel my fire to clean. Instead, it works more like a fire extinguisher. I procrastinate or I start a task which leads me down a deathly road of many unfinished tasks. It’s a vicious circle of not getting stuff done. Since I am too poor to afford a maid, I had to figure out a way to make lazy cleaning work for me. If you hate cleaning too then enjoy these tips to make it a little less painful.

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Tips To Clean The Lazy Way

Tip #1: Pick a room

When I start thinking about cleaning the house I instantly get overwhelmed and give up. My new approach is to pick a single room and make that my focus. Usually, I will walk around the house and pick the room that needs the least amount of work. I do this for two reasons. First, I will get it done a lot faster and second, I hope it will inspire me to move on to a new room that day.

Tip #2: Set a timer

My attention span just doesn’t exist. I have learned I need a time limit to stay on task. I set a timer for fifteen minutes and force myself to finish as much I can during that time. Then I take a break for 5 minutes and set the timer again.

Tip #3: The Clutter Basket

Each person within our home has their own clutter basket. It’s just a small plastic basket that I label, or you could do a color per person. In our old house, I would leave them each on a step. The goal of the basket is to make everyone accountable for their own crap. As I walk around the house during the day I pick up items that don’t belong and put it into whoever’s basket the item belongs to. It then becomes their responsibility to put it away. This basket was a total game changer for me.

Tip #4: Assign Tasks

I use to do all the laundry and a majority of the dishes in our house. Then one day I came to the realization that I was an idiot. My kids are old enough to do things on their own, so why was I doing it? Now each night someone is assigned to dishes and they are all responsible for their own laundry. Talk about time-saving right there! The less I have to do the happier I am.

Tip #5: The Garbage Bag Walk

This one is so easy and sometimes makes the most impact on straightening up. I take a garbage bag and just wander from room to room looking for anything that can be thrown out. First I stand in the entrance way of the room and scan the room for anything that pops out at me and I quickly get rid of it. After that, I walk around and take a better look at the room and grab anything I missed.

Tip #6: Purge your heart out

Less stuff equals less to clean. While I am cleaning a specific room, any item that we have not used in a month to two months gets donated. When our children get new clothes, they have to exchange one old item for one new item. This has helped with areas not looking as cluttered, as well as, showing the kids the importance of donating to others. Parenting win!

Tip #7: Press N’ Seal Is Life

Cleaning my fridge is something I find annoying. If something spills the stains are hard to remove or I should say were hard to remove. I learned an amazing tip years ago that I have to share with you. Line your refrigerator shelf with Press N’ Seal and spills become easy to clean. Just peel off the Press N’ Seal and replace with a new covering of wrap. Yes, it was just that easy!

If you are a lazy cleaner, please let us all know other helpful tips to keep our lazy going.


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32 Replies to “How To Clean Your House The Lazy Way”

  1. I love this! It’s sooo me!

    1. Truck Our Life says: Reply

      I’m so glad it’s not just me who hates cleaning!

  2. I am so glad to find out that I am not the only having those thoughts when cleaning. Starting with one room is smart. Thanks for sharing those tips and make me feel sane.

  3. Love these ideas! Thanks for all the great inspiration.

    1. Truck Our Life says: Reply

      You’re very welcome!

  4. I always put off cleaning the fridge because I hate it 😂 that tip is awesome!

    1. Truck Our Life says: Reply

      Please let me know how it turned out for you. I love it, so much easier.

  5. These are great tips!!!

    1. Truck Our Life says: Reply

      Thank you!

  6. Haha this post describes my life love how the post is broken down and short and sweet. I feel your pain cleaning out the fridge !

    1. Truck Our Life says: Reply

      My inner A.D.D screams short and sweet lol

  7. With 5 kids the lazy quick way is my only option. Loved all these ideas

    1. Truck Our Life says: Reply

      Love that you are also a parent to many. The cleaning struggle is real with so many people under one roof.

  8. This is me to a T 100%! So many good tips!

    1. Truck Our Life says: Reply

      Glad you enjoyed.

  9. Great it. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I don’t like to admit it, but I am definitely lazy. Some really good tips! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Truck Our Life says: Reply

      You’re welcome, I’m glad you enjoyed.

  11. OMG I love the press n seal idea! I hate hate cleaning my fridge and it doesn’t get that messy with just two of us but it’s still dreadful. I am very lazy at cleaning but I’ve picked up things over the years that help. Like before bed everything gets put away!

  12. Wow I love your cleaning hack to line the fridge shelves with press n seal!!! That is a fabulous time saving tip!!

  13. I’m one of those weirdos who find cleaning and organizing calming lol! We cannot stand untidy cluttered things (I need help, don’t I lol). When we clean we put the music on and sometimes dance a little (oh dear I do need help haha).

    1. Truck Our Life says: Reply

      I envy the calm feeling you get when cleaning. I also agree with listening to music, it helps me move faster and take my mind off the task at hand.

  14. One room at a time is the way to go…and l live my life with cluster baskets! Or in my case, Amazon Prime boxes that I fill with crap that needs to go to a different room. lol. Thanks for sharing the tips!

  15. hahahha! I love this! “burn the house down” too funny! You sound just like me. We have a clutter basket too!

  16. I sometimes do this with my office. I always find myself with a clutter pile when cleaning up.

  17. Great tips! My boys are only 2 and 4 and they have a few responsibilities. They both have to bring their dishes to the kitchen (once they are big enough to reach the faucet they will rinse them too) and they have to put their laundry away. If I had a multiple-story house I would be doing the clutter baskets as well, it’s such a great idea!

    1. Truck Our Life says: Reply

      The great thing about the basket idea is you can really use it anywhere. You can keep them under a bench in the house or in the hallway right outside the bedroom door.

  18. Yes! I do many of these . . . great tips! I never thought of lining the fridge shelves — brilliant!

  19. I absolutely love the clutter basket idea – perfect for kids and adults! I think I need to try a garbage bag walk this weekend too.

    1. Truck Our Life says: Reply

      The garbage bag walk is my daily exercise too.

  20. Oh that is so me. I am the laziest person and hate cleaning but when I do I want everything glued to its place. you really got some incredible ideas and love the press n seal one the most.

  21. These are some really great tips. I know that there are so many times where I don’t feel like cleaning PERIOD.

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