I almost called this the ‘lazy girl’s’ cleaning routine, but then I realised that if there’s one thing I’m definitely not, it’s lazy. And if there’s anything I know about cleaning, it’s that it’s not just for girls.
Cleaning is a funny one. For some people it just seems to come naturally; everything is spotless all the time, which I can only imagine means they have a secret cleaner, too much time on their hands, or a hidden ‘mess cupboard’ like Monica from Friends. Personally, I get very stressed about cleanliness especially if I know someone’s coming round. The problem is, I am also not very tidy, and we often spend ages cleaning before I promptly mess it all up again. It drives my girlfriend mad!
In order to combat this, I scoured the internet for inspiration (most of which is geared towards people with 6 bedroom houses!), and devised a simple-yet-effective cleaning routine for us and our little one bedroom flat. It’s perfect if, like us, you work full time and really value your weekends/evenings – or if you just don’t want to spend ages cleaning, which is perfectly valid too!
Obviously there are the extra little bits to do every day, but they’re pretty easy to remember as you go along. These might include washing up/loading and emptying the dishwasher, cleaning pet items, wiping spills & putting things away.
Handy hints & tips
Whilst I’m by no means an expert, here are a few helpful tips I’ve picked up on my cleaning queen journey:
Invest in products you love
I know I’m late to the party, but I recently discovered the Method cleaning range. I (rather wildly) decided to treat myself to their Anti-Bac All Purpose Cleaner, and my life has never been the same! It’s eco-friendly, kills 99.9% of bacteria, and most importantly it smells of wild rhubarb. I know. Ever since I bought it, it’s made cleaning a whole lot more enjoyable, so I highly recommend finding products that excite you (sad as that may sound). I promise you’ll never look back!
Consider enlisting professional help
I’m not saying you need a weekly cleaner, as that would pretty much make this blog a complete waste of time. However, if you’re not sure where to start and it all seems a bit overwhelming, it may be worth hiring a professional to give everything a once-over. They’ll get into every nook and cranny, meaning that all you have to do is upkeep it by cleaning a little bit each day. Deep cleans for a 1 bedroom flat can be relatively inexpensive, but it might just give you the motivation you need to kick-start your regime.
Watch as you wash
YouTube videos, vlogs, documentaries, your favourite series; armed with a tablet/laptop and your Netflix login, you can take on even the most mundane cleaning challenges. I often stick a podcast on too (try My Dad Wrote A Porno, Casefile True Crime or The Guilty Feminist), and – cliche as it may be – nothing beats a good 80s power ballad playlist for a cleaning soundtrack.
This is only going to highlight how tragic my life is, but I don’t care because it totally works! If you need a bit of cleaning motivation, search ‘speed cleaning’ or ‘cleaning vlog’ on YouTube, and get watching! Unbelievably, there are people in this world who love cleaning so much that they film themselves doing it (incredibly efficiently!), and post it online for the world to see. Just watching someone with that much passion and energy makes me want to get up and clean, so give it a go next time you’re struggling!
I am not about to pretend to be some sort of cleaning guru (far from it), so please let me know your favourite cleaning tips & tricks. I’m still learning, so help a sister out!