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The First Thing To Do To Quickly Clean Your House Efficiently


I clean our house almost everyday. And having the proper method or knowing the first thing to do in cleaning your house makes this task much faster.

What is the first thing you should do when cleaning a house? As a general rule, you should dust your house first so that small dust particles do not fall down on your furniture, flooring, and so on when you begin the final step in cleaning. Another amazing technique is to create a cleaning checklist specific to your house; this will make cleaning much faster.

Also read this article about should you dust or vacuum first

Now that you have an idea of what to do first when cleaning your house, let’s go over the specifics of creating a cleaning checklist so that you can clean your house in an efficient and orderly manner.

How to create a cleaning checklist for your house?

I wrote so many cleaning checklists in order to test the most efficient and faster way to clean our house and with the intention of sharing or giving them to whoever will clean our home while we are gone.

It turned out to be more efficient and organized. You can save a lot of time if you have your own cleaning checklist for your house.

So, how exactly do we create a cleaning checklist? Just follow the cleaning checklist below:

1. Make a list of all the rooms in your house

The very first step is to make a list of all the rooms in your house, and make sure that it’s easy to identify the rooms using some identifiers.

Examples of identifiers you can use are, if the rooms have doors with different colors, the doors have different photos or text on its front, identified by the person who sleeps inside the room (e.g. Gary’s room, Mom’s room etc).

This will help you to ensure that you do not miss anything when you are cleaning. Also, it can be helpful to divide the rooms up into different sections so that you can focus on one area at a time.

2. Pick which room to clean first

There is no simple answer to the question of which room to clean first. Due to the number of times I’ve attempted various cleaning techniques, I’ve decided to focus on the easiest-to-clean rooms.

Some of you may be considering cleaning the most difficult area of your home, but the problem with that is that it may take so much time that you won’t be able to complete it.

If you choose the easiest rooms to clean, you’ll feel like you’re able to finish much more quickly and won’t feel like you’re cleaning all day.

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3. Make a list of tasks for each rooms

When I asked you to create a list of tasks, I wanted you to include these two important things. Which part of the room you should focus on first, followed by which method of cleaning you should do, such as whether to vacuum, wipe, or mop, etc.

This will ensure that nothing is overlooked throughout the cleaning process. I would also suggest starting with the area of the room that is the simplest to clean. Exactly similar to checklist number 2 above. 🙂

4. For each task mention its frequency

Your checklist continues with the frequency of each task.  For example, if a part of the room, such as the bed, is to be changed or cleaned once a week or on a certain day, you can note it next to that task.

This will make the job more organized and ensure that if someone uses your checklist, they may exclude any unneeded tasks.

If you’re asking where you should create the cleaning checklist – I suggest you create the checklist in a spreadsheet or in a notebook that you can easily share. This checklist can also serve as an easy-to-follow master list.

In what order should you clean your house?

I do have a few reasons why it’s important to follow a specific order when cleaning your house. 

  1. If you start with the wrong task, you may not be able to finish on time.
  2. Some tasks are more time-consuming than others, so you’ll want to make sure that you identify them before you even start cleaning.
  3. There are tasks that are more important than others, so you’ll want to make sure that you also identify and prioritize those tasks. 

By following a certain order when cleaning your home, you can ensure that the most important jobs are completed first, that you don’t waste time, and that you finish cleaning much faster.

So, in what order should you clean your house? I generally recommend clearing the clutter and removing unnecessary items from a certain area first. It could be items you should remove or items that have been there for a long time but shouldn’t be.

That way you can easily and efficiently clean your house a lot quicker.

The steps in cleaning your house that you should follow in proper order are:

1. Pick up all the clutter and put it in its place.

You must clear up your table, flooring, cabinets, as well as any other surface that contains items that should be removed or discarded. This will make the next step in the cleaning process easier and a lot faster.

2. Dust all surfaces starting at the top.

It is important to begin dusting at the top so that the dust will fall down and you won’t have to start over.

3. Clean all mirrors and windows.

If possible you should clean both sides of your mirrors, and you should open the mirror when cleaning it. This will prevent most of the dirt going inside your house.

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4. Vacuum furnitures and upholstery.

If you own a vacuum, I recommend replacing the tip with a brush type so that you can effectively clean your furniture and upholstery. This will greatly speed up the task.

5. Vacuum the floors.

You can immediately vacuum floors after dusting a specific area. This will prevent the dust from spreading to other areas. Another advice is to clean or empty the vacuum’s bag before using it to ensure its strength.

6. Wipe down all surfaces with a damp cloth.

You can use a damp cloth to wipe down all surfaces, including furniture and upholstery, as an excellent following step after vacuuming, or as an alternative if you don’t have a vacuum.

The damp cloth will keep the dust from falling down the floor, which is amazing! 🙂

7. Sweep and mop your floors

Use a broom and dustpan to sweep and collect dirt and dust from the floor before mopping. This will ensure that your floors will not be damaged when you mop them. When mopping your floors, I recommend using natural cleaning products rather than harsh chemicals.

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8. Empty all trash cans and clean them before putting back

After putting all waste in your trash can, you then need to empty it. I would recommend cleaning it after emptying it, as this will help eliminate the odor.

Wrapping Up

When you decide to clean your house, the only thing I need to remind you is to “do one thing at a time,” because cleaning everything at once will take longer and produce less results.

Also, to make things easier and quicker, if you find something that needs to be washed when cleaning or dusting, place it in the sink right away (e.g used glass, plates, spoon etc).

I also recommend cleaning with a homemade solution of white vinegar and hot water.

If you have a large number of areas to clean, you may want to invest in a smart vacuum that can move about the house more quickly.

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