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This Is The Smartest Way To Clean Any Room In Your House

When it comes to cleaning, I try to be as efficient as possible. This simple cleaning strategy is the most efficient approach I've tried, and you can use it in any room!

There are all sorts of cleaning strategies that people use when deciding what needs to be cleaned and when. You might prefer to do all your cleaning in one long session, while someone else may choose to do a little bit every day instead.

And for the most part, these cleaning strategies are just a matter of preference and convenience. There aren’t very many right and wrong answers when it comes to cleaning, but there are certain strategies that can save you a considerable amount of time and effort!

We’ll be talking about one of those strategies in today’s post. Because I think we can all agree that when it comes to cleaning, we’d all like to be done with it as soon as possible! 🙂

The Biggest Mistake People Make While Cleaning

The biggest mistake you can make with regards to cleaning is failing to work efficiently. If you aren’t working efficiently, you’re likely wasting time and effort, especially because it often results in repeating steps you’ve already done.

For the most part, one of the most efficient ways to clean a room is to work from top to bottom. The top-to-bottom approach is a favorite of professional cleaners because it’s an easy way to make sure you never have to clean something twice.

When you clean a room from top to bottom, you work with gravity instead of against it. You start with the tallest surfaces first and allow dust and dirt to collect on the floor, and you don’t clean the floors until you’re done with absolutely everything else.

Let’s go over the process step-by-step!

How To Clean Any Room From Top To Bottom

Step 1 – Dust

Start by dusting the tallest surfaces in the room, like the tops of cupboards and bookcases. Continue dusting, moving to lower and lower surfaces until you’re done.

Step 2 – Clean

Next, wipe things down as necessary, again working around the room from top to bottom. If surfaces have dust or dirt on them, feel free to sweep it off onto the floor.

Step 3 – Floors

Once everything has been dusted or wiped down and the room is as clean as you’d like it to be, then you can tackle the floors. Use your vacuum or broom to pick up all the loose dust, dirt, and hair you swept onto the floor earlier.

And just like that, you’re done! 🙂 No more accidentally pushing dust around the room or knocking crumbs onto your clean floor.

3 Bonus Tips For Cleaning Even More Efficiently

Tip #1 – Stick To Your Plan

When a cleaning session takes longer than I anticipated it would, I can usually chalk it up to my own distractibility. I often get distracted by side projects while I clean, and it can take me a while to get myself back on track.

But if I start my cleaning session with a plan to stick to the top-to-bottom strategy, it’s easier to stay on track. So set your plan beforehand and then stick to it!

Tip #2 – Clean Your Vacuum Filter(s)

Some people worry that by vacuuming the floors last, the vacuum will just end up kicking up dust onto the clean surfaces. This may have been an issue back when vacuums weren’t very good at holding onto dust and dirt, but modern models have a variety of filters that help keep that dirt trapped inside.

However, your vacuum may start to struggle to keep dirt contained if those filters get too dirty. Many vacuums these days have washable filters, so all you need to do is clean them regularly! (Check your owner’s manual for specifics on how and when to clean your filters.)

Tip #3 – Combine Strategies

Ready to take your cleaning game to the next level? Try combining the top-to-bottom strategy with the follow-the-wall cleaning strategy.

Before you know it, your cleaning routine will be so efficient that you won’t even know what to do with all the time you’ve saved! 😉

Do you have a favorite cleaning tip that saves you time or energy?


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