So I had an idea to share how I clean things quickly to perhaps give you an idea of how you could get things done more quickly.
The first rule for quick cleaning is consistency. Take the bathroom. You can spend 15-20 minutes a week or 30-40 every two weeks. If you want it fast, it is easiest to attain that by not letting it get really dirty.
So here is my quick cleaning guide for the bathroom. Note this is a quick guide, so I will include steps for cleaning the shower/tub/floor, but those things will add time to the quick cleaning. Things don't necessarily have to be in this exact order.
15-20 Minute Cleaning
Put your cleaner in the toilet. This way it can "soak" while you do other things.
Pick up the bathroom. Put everything in its proper place.
Clean the counter top. I like to move from the top down when cleaning. That way if something gets wiped onto the floor, you still get a chance to clean it. Move things on your counter so you can clean under them. Clean. Then put everything back.
Clean the outside of the toilet. This is everything but the inside of the bowl.
Pick things up off of the floor. Get everything off the floor (rugs, garbage can, etc.)
Sweep the floor. You might also want to wet a sponge and run it round the edges of your floor. This will pick up loose hair and dust. Those things tend to get pushed to the edges of a floor. Spot clean any necessary areas. Replace everything back on the floor where it goes.
Clean the sink.
Empty the garbage can. I do this at the end so anything I might have thrown away in the process of cleaning the bathroom gets emptied.
Change the towels. I do this at the end, also. I do it then so that as I dry my hands off, I am drying them off on dirty towels rather than clean ones. You can also possibly use old towels to help clean the bathroom depending on what kind of cleaner you use.
Scrub the inside of the toilet.
Adding the Floor and Shower
Obviously scrubbing the floor and shower are both going to add time to your process. I tend to do an official floor scrubbing once every other week. In a perfectly clean world, I would do it weekly, but in our bathrooms, we just don't need it weekly most of the time. The sweeping/wiping edges suffices. For weeks that you are cleaning the floor, the obvious step is to add it to step seven.
I also currently clean each tub about every other week. However, we have three tubs so they don't get that messy. When we had one tub, it needed to be washed weekly.
A tip for cleaning the shower easily is to do so while you shower. I get in and scrub the walls, then wash my body. Then I scrub the floor once I am out.
I often clean with multi-tasking steps going on. For example, the cleaning the shower while I shower.
Another example is my kids' bathroom. Sometimes I clean it while a child is in the tub. I just have my cleaners in the room before we start the bath, then clean while they play.
Make it Faster
Want to make this process even faster? Of course you do!
Involve your children. Yes, it will take a few years before they are old enough to truly contribute to the process, but I promise you it will be worth it. Brayden and Kaitlyn are both a bit help in cleaning. They both love to clean the floor, which happens to be a job I dislike, so we are basically matches made in heaven.
While I clean the counter and such, I have them remove everything from the floor, sweep, then scrub the floor. It teaches them to work and it helps me out.
Yes, there were years I went through with it being no help, but let me promise you it is worth going through those times to get a 3 and 5 year old helping make the cleaning process easier.
You will also get better at thinking of ways to have them help. McKenna doesn't hinder too much. I can tell her to put things away and she does it. She can also hold a rag and think she is doing something major. Having the child present with you helps her learn how the job gets done.
There you have it! Hopefully this can help you be faster and more efficient in your cleaning time and give you time for things you enjoy more.
I would love your feedback on this post. Was it helpful? Old news? Do you want this type of post for other rooms, too?
Also, do you have tips for making cleaning the bathroom faster and easier? Please share!