Lazy Cleaning Hacks
I am probably one of the most undomesticated people you will ever meet. I’m a terrible cook and I absolutely hate to clean. So I’m not going to get into how to create a cleaning schedule (screw that) or how to make your own laundry soap, blah blah blah. Nope. Today I’m going to share with you my personal list of lazy cleaning hacks you can use to keep your house somewhat tidy on a daily basis.
Now, I’m not a clean freak by any means, but I just can’t stand clutter. It makes me feel like my world is caving in on me!
But what I hate even more, is coming home to a messy house after working for 10 hours a day. And living with 2 messy boys (3 if you count my dog) the clutter adds up fast.
And the number one cause of clutter is – PROCRASTINATION!
I can nag my family until I’m blue in the face, but since I don’t want to wait for Spring to have this crap cleaned up, I usually end up having to clean up after them to keep the small amount sanity I have left.
My SIL always has a spotless house, so I asked her what the trick is:
Clean as you go!
But for someone as lazy as me, cleaning has to be a lot more convenient.
For those of us who are NOT Martha freaking Stewart, here are my 20 lazy cleaning hacks for people like me, who don’t need their house to be perfect – just reasonably presentable.
Keep cleaning supplies nearby
One of the hardest things about cleaning is getting the motivation to do it. And if you actually have to get off your lazy ass to go grab cleaning supplies from another room, it makes it that much more annoying.
But if you keep your daily cleaning supplies nearby, you can simply multi-task. Especially in the bathroom!
1. Always keep a dual-sided sponge somewhere in the bathroom. After junior (or hubby) finishes brushing his teeth, use it to clean up the mess immediately. Unless you like scrubbing away dried up toothpaste all over your sink.
Better yet, teach him how to do it!
2. Use a bathroom caddy like this. You can keep your sponge within reach and it serves double duty as a soap dispenser and toothbrush holder.
If it’s in your face, it will make it easier to remember to use it. I also have one in my kitchen!
3. Also keep a sponge and plastic cup in the shower or bath so you can clean it just before getting out. You’re already in there and everything is still wet, so take a few seconds to clean up that blob of shampoo on the wall or that nasty ring around the tub as the water drains.
Oh, and stay away from bar soap. Nobody needs to see that dirty cake of goo covered with pubes melting in your bathtub.
4. Store a couple of old washcloths or rags under your sink so you can wipe down those gross baseboards you’re staring at while you are on the toilet.
Just wet the rag with a little water and wipe down the ones closest to you. When you see how nice and clean it is, you’ll probably want to finish the rest. And maybe you’ll want to wipe down the walls and door while you’re at it. Then just toss the rag in the laundry for next time.
5. Use Multi-Purpose Cleaner (and keep it under the sink too). I particularly like the kind that does glass and surfaces so you can clean your mirrors and your counter with one product.
I certainly don’t do this every day. I don’t even do it every week. But if you want to get really fancy, it will be there whenever you need it.
6. Have cleaning supplies upstairs and downstairs if you live in a multi-level home.
You don’t even need to spend extra money.If you’re feeling particularly frugal you can simply cut your sponges in half or pour your multi-purpose cleaner into separate spray bottles to keep upstairs. Because you know what a pain it is to have to bring all your cleaning junk upstairs every time.
Tackle that monster pile of clothes
My hubby has this wonderful habit of leaving piles of his clothes in pretty much every room in the house. I can’t stand it! I don’t even know which pile is clean or which one is dirty.
I get that doing laundry is no fun. But unless you want to leave the house looking like Pig Pen, you have to do something with your clothes. So here are my lazy cleaning hacks for keeping my side of the room clean.
7. Keep a hat/coat rack in your closet! I love using coat racks to store clothes. I keep one in my closet to hang my belts, purses, and scarves. But it’s especially useful as a place to hang your bras. Then when you need something, just grab and go.
And the best part is, it doesn’t take up much room and everything is out of sight.
8. Hooks are amazing too. I have them behind every door. I use them in the bedrooms for robes, in the closet for jackets and hats, and in the bathroom for extra towels.
The only time you see what’s hanging is when you close the door. Sneaky!
9. Assign a laundry basket for each member of your family. Hubby has one, I have one, and my kid has one in his room. We use them to throw our dirty clothes into every day.
You can use hampers if you prefer, but laundry baskets are easier to carry and I’m lazy and don’t care. I just keep them in a corner of the room so they aren’t directly in sight when entering the room.
10. Do separate loads of laundry for each member of your household and put clothes away as soon as they are done. Let’s be honest, the worst part of doing laundry is putting the damn clothes away right?
Separate loads make doing the laundry way easier since you don’t have to spend as much time sorting and taking to each room.
On Sundays (when the electricity is cheaper), I perform the “laundry chain”. One load goes in the washer while the other load is in the dryer. Then I just put the clothes in their respective baskets and do all my sorting and folding right in the room where they go.
And do it right away so you don’t have to look at it anymore.
11. Use your used dryer sheet to dust your dresser. It’s there, you’re there, why not?
Kill it in the kitchen
The kitchen can be a scary place. The sight of old stuck-on food grosses me out and washing dirty dishes gives me anxiety. I hate sticking my hands in a bowl of dirty water with mushy mashed potatoes, silverware, and who knows what else soaking in it.
Other than nagging my family daily, this is how I deal with kitchen clutter.
12. Wash your dishes as soon as you finish eating. At the very least rinse off your plate and put it in the dishwasher if you have one. If there’s one thing that makes a house feel dirty, it’s a pile of dishes in the sink. Just stop it!
In fact, I prefer to just use microwavable paper plates and throw them the recycle when done.
The most important thing is to clean it up immediately. Don’t let it sit there and please don’t wait for someone else to do it (hubby)!
13. Use tin foil or boil bags to line your pots and pans. Avoid the mess in the first place. Simply lift and toss in the trash.
14. Get these Gotham Steel pots and pans! They have this amazing coating on them that make them super easy to clean by hand and dishwasher safe. We love them.
15. Over the door pantry storage is a lifesaver. We have one in our pantry that we use to put spices and our canned goods on. It frees up the shelves so we have more room for healthy staples like potato chips and cookies.
We also use over the door cabinet storage for the tin foil and boil bags.
16. There’s a liner for that. You can use liners for your oven, your shelves, your fridge, and your gas cook top. They are great for catching spills when they happen.
The only thing is, you still have to clean the stupid liner. See tip # 12.
If you can’t clean it, hide it
Let’s face it. We probably all just have too much stuff. And if you live in a small place with not much storage, you have to get creative.
Here are a few tips for keeping your clutter out of site in a small space.
17. Get furniture with storage. These days, you can find tables with drawers . Even a cool storage ottoman is a great place to stash your stuff when the mayor comes to visit unexpectedly.
18. Pick up a cubby or bookshelf while you’re at it. Get those stinky shoes off the floor (and coffee table) or fill some pretty baskets with your random stuff and hide them on the shelves in plain sight!
We re-purposed our son’s changing table and are now using the cubbies for storage.
19. Cedar chests are great hiding places. You can store all kinds of things in a cedar chest. Plus they also double as a bench – which is a perfect place to put on your shoes.
20. Don’t forget the space under your bed. Under the bed is a great place to hide your Xmas ornaments, your old baby blanket, puzzles etc.
Just make sure to put them in mold and mildew-proof boxes first. And no jumping!
So as you can see, there are lots of ways you can keep your house tidy without exerting a lot of effort.
Which of these lazy cleaning hacks do you think are the most useful? Do you have any lazy cleaning hacks of your own? Leave me a comment and let me know!
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