Simplify Cleaning with these 5 Tips

Do you like to clean? You may be surprised to learn, that as someone who loves decluttering, I don’t like cleaning. Obviously, I just can’t skip cleaning altogether, so instead, I have found ways to simplify it. Check out the 5 tips below to see how you can spend less time cleaning but still keep your house clean.

Clean as You Go

Instead of keeping a cleaning schedule, clean as you go. The clean as you go strategy is self-explanatory. 

  • After taking a shower, close the shower curtain and hang up your towel.
  • After brushing your teeth, put away your toothbrush and toothpaste and wipe up the counter.
  • After eating breakfast, wash your dishes or put them in the dishwasher.
  • After working on a hobby, put your supplies away. 
  • After tracking dirt into the house, sweep it up.

You get the idea. If you let these small things pile up, your house can turn into a mess quickly and you’ll end up spending at least a half of a day cleaning to get everything back in order. Rather, if you clean up your messes as they happen, it will just take a minute or two. 

Avoid Specialized Cleaners

Instead of searching through a variety of cleaners and reading to see what surfaces they work on, keep it simple. A rag with some dish soap and water will clean up most messes. 


Less stuff means less to clean. Check out 4 Tips to Help You Start Removing Clutter for some advice on getting started.

Find “Perfect for You”

Don’t strive to have the perfect house. If cleaning a certain area feels like a never-ending battle, change your idea of perfect.


At the end of the day make it part of your routine to do a quick walkthrough of your house and reset. This might consist of straightening up the chairs in your living room, folding a blanket, or putting shoes away. This 5 to 10-minute reset will help you to catch anything you might have missed throughout the day. It will also help to make the next day run more smoothly.

Published by Suzanne- Happily Decluttered

Hi!! My name is Suzanne and I live in central PA with my husband and three girls. I love yoga, pickleball, camping, spending time with my family, and decluttering!

13 thoughts on “Simplify Cleaning with these 5 Tips

  1. Great tips! I like the idea of washing your dishes right after eating. That saves a lot of time, especially since I don’t have a dishwasher.

  2. Ugh, I really need to do the ‘cleaning as you go’ thing, instead of the ‘trying to ignore things until they become huge problems and I get overwhelmed just looking at the mess’ thing, lol.

    Thanks for this post!

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