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Keeping your home clean and tidy is really important. Nobody wants to live in a home that is dirty and messy and generally uninviting, but there are only so many hours in the day, and sometimes it can be difficult to fit your chores in alongside all of the other things you need to do.

Thankfully, there are lots of hacks that those of us who do a lot of domestic duties know, that can help you cut down on the amount of cleaning time you need to put in to keep your home in good condition.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the best ways to cut down cleaning time in your home right now:

1. Create a rota

One of the simplest things you can do to cut down on the amount of time you spending chores is to plan for and organize them. The easiest way to do this is by creating a rota. Write down a list of every chore you need to do and how often you need to do it in order to keep your home in good condition and then block similar tasks together. Assign them a regular date on the calendar and ensure you do them when scheduled. This might seem like a lot of effort, but once your rota is up and running you will find that you do spend less time overall on all things chore-related.

2. Invest in automated solutions

Another very simple way to cut down on the amount of time you spend cleaning your home is to invest in automated solutions like robot vacuum cleaners and automatic mops, which will do the work for you. They probably aren’t the ideal solution if you love the act of cleaning itself, but if you’d be happy to hand off responsibility for keeping the palace clean from dirt debris, and even vomit, robo-solutions are a good way to do that. 

3. Upgrade your home

If you upgrade various aspects of your home, for example calling Renewal by Andersen Windows to install windows with internal shades, or having the local floor company switch to easy-clean wooden flooring, then you can definitely spend less time on scores in general, but of course, these upgrades do not come cheap., so you are probably better off only upgrading to easier to clean and maintain fixtures and fittings as and when the old ones need to be replaced.

4. Get rid of clutter

The fewer things you have in your home, the fewer things you need to spend time dusting, cleaning, maintaining, and putting away. You don’t have to go full-on minimalist and get rid of almost all of your non-essential possessions, but take the time to access everything in your home and decide whether you really want or need it to be there. If it does not serve a purpose, or make you happy to have it there, get rid of it, and you will be getting rid of one more thing you need to spend your time maintaining.

5. Set up a cleaning station

Having your own cleaning station or even better a portable caddy, that is already stocked with everything you need to clean your home from dusters to cleaning fluids, will save you more time than you might imagine because you won’t have to spend any time hunting for the toilet cleaner or trying to find your microfiber cloths – you can just get on with the task at hand and get tour home clean in the least amount of time possible.

6. Start at the top

Instead of cleaning from the bottom up, start by cleaning from the top to the bottom instead. why? Because when you clean the top of the wall or the cabinet, or whatever, chances are dust and debris will fall down, and if you have cleaned the lower portions of the place first, then that means it will get dirty and need doing again. You’d be amazed at how many people do not realize this simple fact and end up spending way more time than they need to cleaning their homes. Don’t be like them and start from the top no matter what it is you are cleaning.

Not all of these hacks might appeal to you, nor may they all be suitable for your home and your circumstances, but if you can adopt as many of them as possible, you can guarantee that you will spend less time on your chores, while still having a great looking, clean and tidy home. What’s not to love?

This is a contributed post.

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