How to Clean Your House Fast and Efficiently

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I love my house clean. I can’t stand a messy house and I hate spending too much time on house cleaning.

Over the years, I’ve learned that the best way to clean a house fast and efficiently is having a routine and use effective tools.

Setting one day each week to do the house cleaning can keep your home clean all the time. I’m not talking about spending 3 or 4 hours doing this cleaning job, not deep cleaning.

I usually spend 1 hour on Sunday morning cleaning the house. Today, I’m going to share with you the house cleaning tips that can cut down on cleaning time and do the tasks properly and efficiently.

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8 Tips to Clean Your Home in Half the Time

1. Invest in a good vacuum cleaner.

One of the most time-saving tips for cleaning your house fast and efficiently is using a good vacuum cleaner.

I was so frustrated with my old vacuum cleaner because it didn’t pick up the dirt, debris and hair on the carpet effectively. I spent so much time cleaning but didn’t get good results.

Finally, I spent a little more money and got an affordable and powerful vacuum cleaner for my 1,300 sq townhouse.

I have been wanting a Dyson vacuum but it was out of my budget. I was so glad that finally, I bought this powerful vacuum cleaner. It costs less than Dyson and works great both on my hardwood floor and carpet. It’s powerful with great suction that sucks up a lot of dust and dirt. The best part? It cut down my vacuum time in half and did a super fantastic job.

If you have a smaller house, this cordless vacuum might be another good choice for you. It also has a strong suction power that helps to make the cleaning more efficient.

2. Use microfiber cloths.

Instead of using paper towels or rags, I use microfiber cloths

Cleaning with microfiber is easy and effective. I love using microfiber cloths to dust my home and clean any surface. Slightly damp for wiping up dirt, dry use for dusting and leave no streaks behind. It’s one of my favorite essential tools to use in cleaning.

3. Cleaning supplies ready.

Don’t waste time running back and forth, get all the cleaning products and tools ready before you start to clean.

Grab all the cleaning solutions, dusting products, disinfectants, microfiber cloths, sponges, squeegee, rubber gloves, garbage bags, vacuum and mop, etc. and keep all the cleaning essentials in a cleaning caddy.

If you need to DIY your cleaning solutions, do this the day before. You might even want to wear a cleaning apron with pockets to make home cleaning easier. 

4. Pick up before you clean.

You cannot sweep or vacuum fast and efficiently if you’ve got a cluttered floor. Pick up those loose items like toys, clothes, papers, and anything that should belong in its place.

5. Clean in the correct order.

Set up a system that makes things easier for yourself. Just like start cleaning from the left and move clockwise so you won’t miss any part of the room.

Spray cleaning solutions to the toilet, sink and tub, let it soak and let them sit for at least 10 minutes. They need time to take off the scum. Come back later, wipe and rinse.

Vacuum first, then mop. Always dust first, then vacuum. When you dust, dust and dirt all fall on the floor. You don’t want to waste time doing the vacuuming again, right?

6. Clean as you go.

It’s a daily routine habit to make your life easier. When there’s a spill on the stovetop or floor, clean it up.

When there are dishes in the sink, load them into the dishwasher or handwash them. Never leave the dirty dishes piled up in the sink.

Sweep the kitchen after each cooking and clean up the dining area daily. There are always crumbs that kids leave behind.

Keep the cleaning supplies for easy access. Wipe down bathroom counters and sink daily.

Keep a basket at the bottom of the stairs to collect things that belong upstairs.

All these simple daily cleaning routines can help you keep your space stay cleaner longer and make your cleaning day easier.

7. Stay focused while cleaning.

Turn off the TV and computer, and put down your phone or any kind of distractions.

Focus on finishing tasks by setting a timer for the amount of time that you would like to clean and just stick to it. Sometimes I like to put on some upbeat music or listen to a podcast while cleaning. They get me motivated to clean faster.

8. Stop trying to be perfect!

It’s totally fine to skip some tiny little things when you do the cleaning. Just keep going and move on to the next task. Focus on the big picture and don’t get stuck on one single thing in too much time.

If you see a stain on the carpet, don’t just stay there and spend 15 minutes time trying to remove it. It’s always fine to get back to work on the thing next time.

After you’ve done your work, don’t forget to reward yourself. I love to reward myself by watching my favorite TV episode or eating yummy ice cream.

Final Thoughts

Keeping a daily cleaning routine can help you cut down on your weekly/monthly cleaning time. If you don’t have a daily cleaning schedule, create one that fits your lifestyle. Or you can grab a free printable cleaning schedule here.

Don’t forget seasonal cleaning. Want to deep clean your house fast and easy? This post shows you all the best cleaning tips and techniques to help you deep clean your house fast and effectively.

Best house cleaning tips you don’t want to miss:

My Minimalist Cleaning Schedule

How to Keep a House Clean

The Ultimate Room-by-Room Spring Cleaning Checklist

5 Laundry Habits as a Minimalist

30-Day Spring Cleaning Challenge + Free Printable

Do you have any tips for cleaning your home faster? Please share in the comments.



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  1. Great tips! I’ve been working on the clean as you go and it really makes a difference. It takes a lot less time to clean when there isn’t clutter everywhere:-)

  2. I love these tips. Who wants to spend hours and hours cleaning? I hadn’t thought of using microfiber cloths. I usually use paper towels. I will definitely try a new way!
    Thanks a bunch.

      1. I don’t don’t like microfiber cloths. I have old hardwood floors and the little slivers of wood get stuck in them along with other things and never come out in the wash. I use flour sack cloths instead which dont get things stuck in them. Microfiber might work for some but I’m just putting this other option out there because they don’t work for everyone.

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