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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.
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.