Simplify Cleaning with these 5 Tips

Do you like to clean? You may be surprised to learn that I don’t. 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.

For a while, cleaning fingerprints off my windows was draining. It felt like every time I wiped down my windows they only stayed clean for a few minutes. I decided to choose to not let it bother me and now I clean them about once a week. I have even started to enjoy seeing the tiny handprints. I know one day I will miss them.


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.

Do you plan on implementing any of these tips? Which one is your favorite?

Published by Suzanne- Happily Decluttered

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

13 thoughts on “Simplify Cleaning with these 5 Tips

  1. 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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