Cut House Chores Time in Half

Cut House Chores Time in Half

No one enjoys doing chores, so how can you make them go by faster? Here are 22 tips to help you get your house chores done quicker.

Doing house chores can take all day — by the time you finish the last one, it feels like it’s time to start over again. Tackle your household chores and save time with these 22 easy-to-implement tips:

1. Include the family

Everyone makes the mess, so everyone should help clean it. According to the Housekeeping Channel, a recent study said that the best predictor of a child’s success is the age at which he or she begins helping with household chores.

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2. Assign tasks

Ensure that nothing gets overlooked by assigning jobs to each family member.

3. Set a clock for 15 minutes

Doing a little bit each day will keep you from spending all Saturday scrubbing.

4. Break house chores into chunks

Create separate lists for chores that need to be done daily, weekly and monthly and maintain focus on just what needs to be done at that specific time.

5. Develop time awareness

Don’t leave something half done. Monitor how long each task takes so you can carve out enough time to accomplish each of your goals.

6. Have a space for supplies

Start by designating one place to store all of your cleaning supplies.

7. Make a cleaning caddy

Have a simple bucket or pail that’s easy to fill with supplies, yet small enough to cart from room-to-room.

8. Prioritize

If you run out of time, at least you accomplished the most important tasks. The next time, those leftover items become the priority.

9. Create a check-off system for kids

Kids love to see their accomplishments. Offer a reward for a completed list. Make it fun.

10. Keep it simple

Use cleaning supplies that have more than one purpose instead of one cleaning supply per need — you don’t need separate cleaners for the bathroom and the kitchen.

11. Make zones

Monday you’ll clean the kitchen, Tuesday the bathroom, and so on.

12. Eliminate clutter

The less you have, the less you have to clean.

13. Attack the rooms from top to bottom

And then right to left, just like a professional cleaner. Clear all surfaces and floor space. Grab a basket and place items from the tops of furniture and floors into a basket (or two). This makes polishing furniture, sweeping and vacuuming go much faster.

14. Dust and polish surfaces first

Vacuum last and avoid redusting your furniture.

15. Use more than one vacuum

One big vacuum is a good idea, but keeping a few smaller hand vacs in a few rooms will help pick up as you go.

16. Think ahead

Take steps to keep things clean ahead of time — things like adding extra liners to garbage cans and lining the refrigerator shelves with plastic wrap can save you precious minutes.

17. Designate a day for laundry

Teach the kids that on Saturdays you always strip the beds and sort the laundry.

18. Clean as you go

Teach children to rinse the sink after brushing teeth and empty trash containers when they’re full. For these often used spots, consider storing cleaning wipes under the sinks that are ready for a quick clean after baths are done.

19. Repurpose supplies you already have

Save yourself a trip to the store and use what you’ve got to clean. Use vinegar for cleaning coffee pots, microwave ovens, shower heads and tile grout — to name a few.

20. Self-clean

For barbecue lovers looking to make their grills sparkle, place your grill racks in your self-cleaning oven. Set the temp to 500 and set timer for 45 minutes.

21. Keep it together

Keep items organized. For example, all coffee supplies should go with the coffee maker, so it’s easy to clean up quickly.

22. Empty it

For the sport enthusiasts, get in the habit of emptying and cleaning out sport bags after each use. Toss the uniforms in the wash and clean up gear (cleats and mouth guards).

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