Lazy Girl Cleaning Hacks (pt.1)
January 9, 2022
Hi Friends! After a long holiday break, I’m back a day sooner than planned. I just got my house all ready for “normal” life after Christmas, and it got me thinking about some ways that I’ve simplified my cleaning routine. I am by no means an expert, and these may not work for everyone. I have two doggies (pictured below) and they definitely keep me on my toes. Even though they are a little older, they love destroying toys. In addition to those messes, they shed, throw their food around, can track dirt inside, and have accidents. It can be a lot. My routine may be different from yours, so feel free to modify it! Here are some lazy girl cleaning hacks to make my life easier.
1. Mop on standby
This might sound silly, but for me, out of sight definitely means out of mind. I organize my fridge, pantry, and home a certain way for my benefit (and memory). Something that I do daily, thanks to my dogs, is sweep and mop. I tried a fancy Crosswave, but honestly, that didn’t work for my needs. (Remember not to let something being popular bring you guilt for not using it – especially if you really REALLY wanted it to work)
One way that I have combatted the constant struggle of digging the mop out, using it, cleaning it, and putting it all away is to just keep it out. Instead of digging it out of the closet, it lives in my kitchen. I keep the cleaning liquid bottle next to the bucket, and got something to hang the mop above it. This makes it so much easier to use it daily. I do the same thing with my broom and dustpan, because trust me those get used a lot too.
2. Multitasking helps
Multitasking isn’t always easy, but it sure is easier when you’re already doing one task. The easiest way that I’ve found to get everything done, is to do as many things at once as I can. For instance, while I am waiting for my shower to warm up I clean the bathroom sink and tolilet, and if I have time I organize things too. While I’m cooking, I do dishes. The key is you don’t need to get everything done. Only do what you can in the allotted time. If your food will take 40 minutes in the oven, only do what you can in 40 minutes (with breaks as needed).
This has greatly reduced my burnout and the procrastination that we have when dreading a task. I don’t know about you, but the tasks that I put off usually end up taking me 5 minutes. Oh well, one day I’ll lean hopefully. Another thing that I’ve touched on in the past, is using a timer. I turn on a timer for 5 minutes and start whatever I need to do. After the 5 minutes is up I can stop, but usually I end up finishing. The hardest part is starting!
3. Grocery Cleanup
We all know I like to make up names for things, and this is my grocery cleanup! It is by far my favorite way to keep clutter down. Basically, when I put my groceries away, I keep a grocery bag around my wrist and pick up anything that can be tossed. Expired food, old mail, tags from clothes, etc. Pretty much anything that will fit. Then the bag gets tossed in the trash. Easy peasy way to ensure clutter doesn’t build up, and its also reusing a plastic bag.
I hope these can help some of you, and I’d love to hear some of your cleaning tips! Anything that makes life easier is worth doing in my opinion. I also have some more tips I can share if you’re interested, just let me know! My house isn’t spotless, but as someone who works full time, runs this blog and its components, and is in school, its pretty good if you ask me. Don’t forget to subscribe and follow my socials (TikTok is new: @weeklywellnessblog).
Thanks for reading, friends!