I’m a lazy cleaner; just ask my husband. I try not to be gross, but I don’t have time-or the gene- for being a neat freak. Here are a few tips for getting things clean, even if you’re as reluctant of a housewife as I am:
Clean the thing that’s bothering you the most.
Just get it done already. It’ll probably take you ten minutes, and you won’t have to waste any more time thinking about it.
Do double duty.
If you’re going to wash the bathroom hand towels, dampen one and wipe down the counter and the mirrors before tossing them in the wash. If you’re already sweeping, hit down the cobwebs with a broom or give those baseboards a once over. Bonus points if your double duty includes entertaining a kid (e.g. watering the plants while allowing your toddler to live out his fireman fantasy).
Use hospital corners to anchor your sheet; this will prevent it from getting all tangled on the bed. In the morning, just pull up the sheet and the comforter when you get out and the bed is half made. I learned how to fold hospital corners when I worked at a summer camp, but you can learn how in this super short video. Tip: they don’t even have to be as pretty as hers to work.
When you dump your trash, dump it all.
You know how you pull out the trash bag in the kitchen bin only to discover there’s a ton of space left in it? Well, this is prime time to fill it! Dump all your small wastebaskets into the bag and get all the trash out at once. Extra credit if you can get your kids to pitch in gathering the auxiliary trash.
Use a vacuum as a broom.
Turn off the brush roller and just vacuum your tile or hard wood. No bending, no dust pan, no sweat.
My final tip? Start a blog. You can use writing for it as justification for not doing any housework.
What hacks do you have for getting cleaning done when there are better things to do??