How to clean your house in 30 minutes

MARCUS LIM
Last updated 09:47 25/08/2014
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FAR FROM ENJOYABLE: Cleaning the toilet certainly isn't a ten on the fun scale, but a bit of quick daily maintenance will keep things looking, and smelling, fresher for longer!

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DISTRACT YOUR MIND: Music can make cleaning a lot more enjoyable.

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Taking a few minutes out of your day for a quick clean will save you hours and eliminate the stress of frantically cleaning your home before having guests over. Not to mention, your home will be spotless and fresh all week long. Just follow these simple steps.

BEDROOM

Sacrifice the extra two minutes it takes to make your bed each morning and it will make a world of difference. Along with making your bed, tidy up clothes and shoes that are on the floor or out of place items each day rather than letting it all pile up for weeks on end. Do this daily and you'll soon find that it becomes a habit, instead of a chore.

BATHROOM

Cleaning a bathroom is far from enjoyable and often time consuming. Save yourself the hassle by regularly yet quickly cleaning and tidying it. After you've brushed your teeth, give the bench and sink a quick wipe and put away any stray items that don't belong on the bench.

Give the floor a quick sweep after washing or blow-drying your hair and invest in a diffuser to keep the bathroom smelling fresh and to get rid of that sterile cleaning product scent. It's also a good idea to clean the toilet every few days. Use disposable wipes for the surfaces and purchase a good toilet tablet.

KITCHEN

There is nothing more depressing, or unappetising, than waking up or coming home to a pile of dirty dishes. Instead of leaving the dishes and utensils to pile up, wash or stack them in the dishwasher immediately after you finish eating. This golden rule also applies to wiping tabletops and benchtops after eating and cleaning the stove top and sink after cooking.

LAUNDRY

Instead of allocating a specific day, wash your clothes as soon as you have a full load. Once the clothes are dry, fold and put them away. If you leave them out, there's a good chance they'll just end up in a messy pile with other misplaced items.

Apply the same routine in your bedroom - put clothes away or in the laundry basket as soon as you get undressed to avoid creating a mountain of clean and dirty clothes.

WEEKLY AND FORTNIGHTLY CHORES

If you followed the above daily steps, your home should be sparkling clean by the time your day off rolls around. Spend 30 minutes for bigger tasks that you didn't have time for during the week; vacuuming, dusting, and mopping the floor.

Every fortnight, take some time to wipe your windows and mirrors down and wash any other surfaces that become dirty easily; the bin, door handles and remotes. Regularly take the rubbish out and clean out the fridge to combat pesky insects and ensure the kitchen is always fresh.

TIPS

Set a timer: It's easy to get distracted by the TV or in conversation with a housemate when cleaning. By setting a timer you'll never spend more time than you need on an activity. They shouldn't take longer than 30 minutes anyway!

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Play music: Blast some tunes and cleaning will feel more like a party than a chore.

Multi-task on the phone: Chatting to a friend  while doing an easy cleaning task like tidying your bedroom or folding your laundry will make the task a lot less boring and won't make it feel as though you spend all of your free time cleaning. This is also great for people who don't have much time to catch up with friends - kill two birds with one stone!

If you put in a bit of effort each day, you'll find you have a lot more time to do the things you love and not be tied down by chores on your days off. Remember, an organised house is a sign of an organised mind!

- Sydney Morning Herald

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