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20 Lazy Cleaning Hacks You Have to Try!

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. 20 Lazy Cleaning Hacks. When your house doesn't need to be perfect, just presentable.

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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.20 Lazy Cleaning Hacks. When your house doesn't need to be perfect, just presentable. Because none of us is Martha Freaking Stewart.

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.

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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!

Tired of finding dried up toothpaste in your sink? Keep a sponge nearby to wipe it while its wet.
Does this look familiar? Dried blobs of toothpaste in my sink gives me an aneurysm.

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!

This sponge caddy is a lifesaver in the bathroom. You can use it in the kitchen too!
This sponge caddy is a lifesaver in the bathroom. You can use it in the kitchen too!

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.

Large plastic cups from the local fast food place makes cleaning your tub super fast. I also use it to rinse my son's hair in the bath.
Large plastic cups from the local fast food place makes cleaning your tub super fast. I also use it to rinse my son’s hair in the bath.

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.

Multi-purpose cleaners like this one from Greenerways Organic, cleans glass, tile, end even wood!
Multi-purpose cleaners like this one from Greenerways Organic, cleans glass, tile, and even wood!

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.

If you have no storage in your bathroom, use a portable caddy to take your supplies with you.
If you have no room in your bathroom, you can use a portable caddy like this to transport your cleaning supplies.
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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.

My husband's pile of clothes. I don't know if they are dirty or clean. All I know is they drive me crazy!
My husband’s side of the room. I don’t know if these clothes are dirty or clean. All I know is they drive me crazy!

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.

Use a coat rack in your closet to keep your purses, scarves, and bras out of site.
Use a coat rack like this one from HOMFA in your closet to keep your purses, scarves, and bras out of site.

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.

Instead of a community hamper, we put our dirty clothes in individual laundry baskets to make doing and sorting laundry easier.
Instead of a community hamper, we put our dirty clothes in individual laundry baskets to make doing and sorting laundry easier.

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?

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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.

Seriously?! The trash and recycle cans are right THERE!!!
Seriously?! The trash and recycle cans are right THERE!!!

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.

Slow cooker bags like these from Pan Saver, make cleaning up a breeze!
Slow cooker bags like these from Pan Saver, make cleaning up a breeze!

14. Get these Gotham Steel pots and pansThey have this amazing coating on them that make them super easy to clean by hand and dishwasher safe. We love them.

 

We have these Gotham Steel Pots and Pans and they are amazing! Super easy to clean.
We have these Gotham Steel Pots and Pans and they are amazing! Super easy to clean. Love love 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.

Non-stick Oven Liners like these from The Elixer Eco are great for catching spills.
Non-stick Oven Liners like these from The Elixer Eco are great for catching spills.
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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.

This is what I have to deal with. Shoes do not belong on the table!
This is what I have to deal with on a regular basis. Shoes do not belong on the damn coffee table!

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.

Furniture with storage serves multiple purposes. A storage ottoman like this one doubles as a coffee table!
Furniture with storage serves multiple purposes. A storage ottoman like this one doubles as a coffee table or even extra seating.

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.

Cedar chests like this one from Coaster Furniture are great hiding places for clutter.
Cedar chests like this one from Coaster Furniture are great hiding places for clutter.

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!

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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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44 Comments

  1. Amisha Amisha

    Wow! Thanks for sharing this amazing tips to keep house tidy without exerting a lot of effort. These cleaning hacks are definitely to keep in mind. Loved your idea!

  2. Joel Joel

    You are a woman after my own heart Melaine, I have times when I’m just Lazy AF and these are just golden tips, golden I tell you!! I’m still dying at if you can’t clean it, hide it!!!

  3. This is perfect! I am lucky to live in a country where domestic cleaners are cheap cheap cheap… I hate cleaning haaaa so I just don’t.

  4. HAha I love the tip ” if you cant clean it hide it”! Thats what I do! I just throw everything in box just before someone come for a visit! The clean on the go is great to as you will do it little by little and it doesnt feel like cleaning.

  5. Keeping the house clean always is a never ending task and with 2 fur babies at home it gets even more difficult I am going to try some of your cleaning hacks for sure! xx

  6. This is so good, I love the clean as you go tip because it actually saves time. Great article.

  7. Joel Joel

    I had comment last Night, notice it didn’t come up. But as I said you are a woman after my own heart, Sometime I really don’t feel like doing cleaning and this file are just golden, golden I tell you. I’m still dying at “if you can’t clean it, hide it” 😂😂. Yup sounds about right.

    • Thank you! Hiding clutter always works in a pinch.

  8. I’m the worlds worst at procrastinating. I love that you’ve just made my life easier with your hacks.

  9. I am the absolute worst with laundry. I really love your laundry hack. I tend to leave my stuff in piles like your husband, but I’m also just really awful with folding and putting away clothes after I’ve actually done laundry. My hack is to just get someone else to do it lol! Great post!

    • Yes I make my hubby do his own laundry. I just wish he wouldn’t leave piles every where.

  10. All of this seems pretty simple and easy to follow. NOW if I can’t actually implement it with a 1 and 2 year old running around like crazy!

  11. These are great tips. The one thing I do differently though is keeping all my cleaners out of the house and into the storage. That way chemicals don’t accumulate.

  12. Such good hacks! I am trying these out next cleaning day.

    Sondra xx
    prettyfitfoodie.com

  13. what a useful post with lots of useful tips. I totally agree that if you clean daily its unlikely to build up.

  14. wow! great tip there! i like the last one but just make sure that they don’t pile up as that would be a lot of cleaning after! lol!

  15. thetennisfoodie thetennisfoodie

    Great tips! I always practice clean as you go. It’s the best way to minimize the mess or clutter in home or office space. It takes discipline and patience to do it.

  16. I get my best ‘lazy cleaning’ done while I have the washer running. I figure in that 30 minutes of waiting for the clothes to wash, I get the most time-effecient cleaning done around the house. It usually works!

  17. amber n amber n

    These are great hacks! I try to keep cleaning supplies in all of our bathrooms too!

  18. I know that I need to have a bathroom caddy for cleaning supplies. But I also could use more hooks in the bedroom. Thanks for these great hacks.

  19. oneloveourlove1114 oneloveourlove1114

    This was such a good and helpful post. I love all the tips and ideas and they are so easy to use. Thank you for sharing it.

  20. I love your tips. Having a dual side sponge and not having a dirty soap laying around are definite great tips. Thanks for sharing.

  21. I absolutely love these cleaning hacks. I adopting all, especially the sponge and cup in shower.

    • Hope it makes cleaning your shower easier 😊

  22. Oooo so many awesome cleaning hacks!!!! I just deep cleaned last weekend. Hope my place actually stays super clean for once

  23. Lorraine M Lorraine M

    Great Read!! I definitely learned some things that I’ll be sure to incorporate in my daily life.

  24. What great suggestions!! I’m the worst housekeeper ever. I’m like your husband and my house looks like a pig pen. I hate laundry. And I hate hanging up clothes. I used to have a coat rack, but lost it when I moved. And now everything ends up on my dresser. Looks like I need to replace it. Thanks for the suggestions!

  25. These are golden tips.I always like to keep cleaning products in a reachable place.We also have different laundry baskets for each member of family.

  26. I love these tips. I’m a big fan of the boil bags since I cook a lot with my crockpot. They are truly a great invention.

  27. Anne Yedlin Anne Yedlin

    I do a lot of the things on your list! I’m lazy lol at least when it comes to cleaning. I had to laugh when you mentioned your hubbies clothes. Mine will throw them on the floor….right NEXT to the basket. So I feel your pain. I didn’t, however, think about using the dryer sheet to dust! Genius. Thank you!

    • OMG mine does too. It drives me crazy. Although it’s much closer then the couch or the dining room chairs. Argh!

  28. love these! I have serious cleaning old so I am saving some of these! I need new copper pans too so ty for sharing the Gotham ones!

  29. elizabethbrico elizabethbrico

    Thanks for that goop soapy pube image…haha okay anyway lazy cleaning is my favorite kind of cleaning!

    • Hahahaha! I was wondering if anyone would notice that. Lol!

  30. A Beauty and The Business A Beauty and The Business

    These are such great tips! I will definitely be pointing these into use. I feel like I constantly am cleaning however I have active construction in my house right now 🙁

    A Beauty and The Business

  31. Thank you for the tips. I’m the lazy kind so I could really use these. 🙂

  32. I love reading posts about cleaning hacks, it really helps me a lot. And this one is so great. I love having furniture with storage at home. It’s a dual purpose.

  33. Brian Hubby Brian Hubby

    Who said you could take pictures of my clothes…

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