4 Steps to a Clean and Organized House Fast

4 steps to a clean and organized house fast is full of tips and tricks for cleaning your home, and simple organizational ideas for making your life easier quickly.

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Everyone loves having a clean house, but how many of us actually enjoy having to clean? What would you say if I told you I had a way to do it fast? Now I’m generally talking about homes that just have everyday messes. However, even if your house is pretty trashed, it can still be cleaned up rather quickly.

Now I have a husband, a couple of kids and a couple of big dogs. I know what messes look like. We have tons of laundry, tons of dishes, stuff everywhere at any given moment of the day, and dirt grime and stickiness everywhere all the time. I really like to have a clean home, and as I enjoy having company over, I need to have a way to clean it fast just in case someone drops by.

So I really love baskets. They help keep my stuff relatively organized and they give me something easy to toss items into. I highly suggest investing a few, if you have a family make it a handful, just to help you keep a more tidy and organized home. Now that we’ve got that cleared up, I bet you with your handful of baskets and 4 basic steps, I have get you a clean house pretty quickly. If you don’t like to clean, then this is the way to go.

Let’s get started…

4 steps to a clean and organized house fast is full of tips and tricks for cleaning your home, and simple organizational ideas for making your life easier quickly.1) Everything Needs a Place

To begin with, before we even get started, if you haven’t already established this in your household, everything needs a place. Where do you put each person’s clean clothes, dirty clothes, dirty dishes, clean dishes, mail, toys, etc.? It will be much easier to get everything put away fast if there is a defined place for everything in your home.

Let’s see, in our house we have a basket in the laundry room and a basket in the bedroom where all dirty clothes go, depending on if you’re upstairs or downstairs. Each person has defined places for all of their clean clothes. New mail goes on the island in the kitchen to be sorted, and important stuff gets taken up to the office for filing, and my son’s toys go in a specific place downstairs whereas his books go on our bookshelves. You get the picture. If you haven’t considered this yet, now may be the time to pick some places.

If you don’t have defined places for everything, you end up with closetfuls of random stuff as you try and stash everything at the last second.

4 steps to a clean and organized house fast is full of tips and tricks for cleaning your home, and simple organizational ideas for making your life easier quickly.2) Divide and Conquer

I usually start in one room and make my way around the house. If having a basket in hand for this helps, by all means grab one now. Pick a room that has items in it that you immediately know where they go. I usually pick up dirty dishes first. I go through the entire first floor to start with, one room at a time, and grab cups, plates, silverware and trash and walk them back into the kitchen to put trash in the trash can and dishes in the sink.

Then it’s usually clothes and toys. This is where a basket in hand really come sin handy. I can easily dump all of the dirty clothes in the laundry room basket and unload all of my toddler’s toys into their place. Then I can hit the upstairs. By divide and conquer, I mean one room, one type of item at a time, because then I can be pretty quick. In just a few minutes, everything is where it belongs. And by having a defined place for everything, it’s easy to put it all back in that spot.

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4 steps to a clean and organized house fast is full of tips and tricks for cleaning your home, and simple organizational ideas for making your life easier quickly.3) Attack the Piles

Now that everything is in place, I bet you have at least a pile of dirty clothes, a pile of dirty dishes, and a pile of mail/paperwork. Let’s attack those piles one at a time. I like to start with laundry. Dump everything in the washer (or separate it out if you’d like) and get that going so it can be running while you’re busy with other things.

Then go attack those dishes. If you can develop a routine where everyone puts their dirty dishes straight into the dish washer rather than the sink, this job will be a whole lot easier for you. It really shouldn’t take more than a few minutes realistically to load up the dishwasher and get it started. I even have a normal place where everything goes in the dishwasher to make it fast and efficient.

Finally, mail. Junk mail can go straight into the trash can without even opening it. You know you’re never going to go to the dealership to see if you won a car. Just throw it away. Anything important like bills, have a place where you regularly keep such things. And voila! Another 2 minutes or so, if even, down.

Side note: If you notice that these jobs are taking you more than 5-10 minutes each, you likely have too much stuff. Consider donating or tossing clothes, dishes, toys, extra kitchen supplies, etc. that you no longer use or need. The smaller your piles and messes, the quicker this job can be done.

(So hopefully we’re looking at maybe 10-15 minutes worth of work tops right now. One more step and you can be done!)

4 steps to a clean and organized house fast is full of tips and tricks for cleaning your home, and simple organizational ideas for making your life easier quickly.4) Just a Quick Wipe Down

This is where efficient gadgets like a Swiffer and some wet wipes come in handy. Open your windows if the weather is nice to bring in some fresh air. Spray your kitchen counters and bathroom surfaces down with vinegar and water to let them soak. Start high and work low.

Wipe down counters, tables, and if you live like we do, the coffee table with wet wipes and toss them. Bust out your Swiffer and sweep/mop the floors really fast. And then go back and wipe down the bathroom really fast. If you have toilet brushes, it probably wouldn’t hurt to scrub those out quick and if you have carpets, hit those with a vacuum. Hopefully this doesn’t take more than 10 minutes.

To make this job even faster, I scrub out the toilets every time I use them, I wipe down the counters and table really quick after every meal, and that way all that I need to do is Swiffer normally. And remember that the more often you do this, you’ll develop a routine and I’ll bet you can get your whole house done in about 10 minutes.

Get your kids and spouse on board and maybe you won’t need to do anything at all.

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