Clean Up With These 4 Methods

For some of us, cleaning is a cathartic oasis that allows us to get rid of grime and clutter and the bad attitude that goes with stepping on a misplaced pair of shoes in a sleepy stupor. For others, it’s a daunting task that will never end and causes more stress than it takes away. If it’s stressing you out, it may be that your cleaning method isn’t working for you. But maybe a different one will. Try out these cleaning methods to find the one that works for you and your home:


 

1. Zone Cleaning Method

 

Zone cleaning requires cleaning up one zone or room per day so that you’ll never have to clean up your entire home at once. For larger homes with more rooms, this method may not work as well since it could be 10 days before the kitchen zone comes back into rotation.

 


 

2. 15 Minutes Method

 

In addition to your regular cleaning, including dishes, laundry, etc., the 15 Minutes Method encourages you to clean for just 15 minutes a day. Perks of this method are that since you’re only cleaning for 15 minutes (be sure to set a timer!), it’s a lot easier to get kids and spouses involved since it’s not a huge time commitment.

 

15 Minute Cleaning Method


 

3. Clean as You Go Method

 

This idyllic method involves what its name implies–cleaning up messes as you make them. This sounds like a no-brainer but after you’ve cooked an intricate meal, do you really want to spend an hour cleaning it up afterwards? Or put away all the clothes you tried on when you woke up to an entire closet full of nothing to wear? Chances are you don’t, which is understandable but won’t make your home any cleaner. This method requires a lot of dedication but will keep your house clean in the messiest areas.

 

 Clean as You Go

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4. Lay It All Out Method

 

In The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, author Marie Kondo advises readers to declutter as a way of making day-to-day cleaning easier. And to start the decluttering process, she finds it most helpful to lay out all your items, no matter what room they live in or purpose they serve, so that you can see everything you own. Doing this helps people understand just how much they own and visualize ways to store it so that when it comes time to clean, it’s a cinch. The initial time investment is a big one but it’ll save time later on.

 

Lay It All Out