Prepare your home for the holidays

The holidays are starting to kick into high gear now. With everything else you have to take care of, how do you find the time to really get your home in shape for holiday parties or family gatherings or casual pop-ins? Everyone is extra busy this time of year but it’s also the time your home must look its best. How do you get it into tip-top shape before your guests arrive?

I’m going to let you in on a secret that’s not so secret— speed cleaning is an absolute must for being able to maximize your cleaning efforts in a minimal amount of time. And something you might not realize, but spring cleaning can be done any time of the year.

If you have company coming for the holidays, tackle your “spring cleaning” in late November or early December so you’ll be ready for the busiest month of the year. We’ve got the tools and supplies that can help make this a snap. Our guide to spring cleaning covers this in great detail and we recommend that you go there for in-depth tips.

Here are 10 things you can do to clean more efficiently:

  1. Make every move count. Everything you do should be with an eye toward efficiency. Work your way around a room once, carrying all your tools and supplies with you. A cleaning apron is a lifesaver in helping you cut down the time it takes to clean your home. Stop wasting energy and start cleaning methodically around the room.
  2. Use the right tools. A cleaning apron to carry your tools is a must. Inside your apron, carry your supplies and equipment to get the job done right. The apron’s pockets allow you to stuff trash or wet sponges inside.
  3. Work from top to bottom. Don’t fight gravity, work with it! As you clean things high up, the dust and bits of grime will fall to the lower regions, so you don’t want to clean that area twice. Start at the top and work your way down.
  4. Don’t clean things that aren’t dirty. This might sound silly, but you’d be amazed how much time is wasted cleaning surfaces that weren’t dirty to begin with. Spot clean areas with your bottle of Red Juice to wipe away fingerprints and move on to the next surface.
  5. Clean surfaces before you rinse or wipe them. Another suggestion that sounds obvious, but it’s not. Don’t try to shortcut the process by rinsing or wiping a surface before it’s really clean. Learn how to “see through” the dirty you’re cleaning until you are really done so you only rinse or wipe once.
  6. Recognize if the tool you’re using isn’t working. Shift to a more heavy-duty cleaner or tool as the task requires instead of expending a lot more elbow grease.
  7. Repetition smooths your moves. All motor skills get perfected by practicing them over and over. So put your cleaning tools back in the same spot in your apron each time you use them. When you go to pull out your Red Juice, you don’t have to look for it, but your hand will instinctively know exactly where it is in the apron. This will increase your speed.
  8. Pay attention. When you work with full attention on your task, you’ll be working at the edge of your full abilities and this makes the work more fun. That’s right—cleaning can be fun if you’re paying close enough attention!
  9. Keep track of time. You will be encouraged by seeing how speedy you are by following these tips, and that will help speed you even further.
  10. Use both hands. Use any available resource you have and don’t leave any scrubbing or wiping capacity idle. Spray with one hand while you reach for the cloth in your apron with the other. Scrub with one hand while the other wipes up behind it.


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