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9 lazy but super effective ways to clean your house

By Matthew McCormack

It’s officially spring cleaning season but it also happens to be the time when new TV shows are released on popular streaming services.

You definitely want to make your house as liveable as possible, but you might also just want to sit down for eight hours straight and binge on HBO.

Here are a few lazy ways for you to clean your house so you can catch up with your favourite characters, totally guilt free.

1. Put five garbage bags in your bin in layers

Instead of replacing your garbage bag with just one bag every time you empty the bin, put up to five garbage bags in the bin in layers.

That way when you take out the rubbish, there’s a fresh bag waiting for you underneath and it saves you going to the cupboard to get a new bin bag every time.

A few extra bin liners could save you a few extra minutes of chill time.

2. Clean everything in the dish washer

Dishwashers are not just for dishes.

Household items that can go in your dishwasher include; kitchen sponges that are looking a bit grotty, cabinet knobs, toys, light fixture covers, plastic light switch plates, nail clippers, tweezers, soap dishes, kitchen caddys, toothbrush holders, desk tidys, silicon oven mitts and trays.

You can even put your fridge shelves and containers in there to give them a good hot wash.

3. Have ample storage space

Sometimes you just need a place to quickly shove a pile of stuff to get it out of the way.

This isn’t a great long-term solution but it’s certainly a quick option. A large cupboard or storage box can be a life saver when you’re trying to tidy your house for visitors.

4. Set a timer

No matter how much you get done, you can always clean more. The best way to combat this is to set a timer for 20 minutes and do as much as you can.

If you can get the kitchen clean and the dishwasher unstacked in 20 minutes, the bathroom can wait until tomorrow. Then when tomorrow rocks around, you set your 20-minute timer and do the bathroom.

This not only limits the amount of time you spend cleaning, but it also makes you more productive in your cleaning.

Cleaning in short bursts will help productivity.

5. Give your work shirts a shower

Wash any items that need ironing and then hang those items up immediately on hangers to dry.

Once dry, hang the items in the bathroom while you have a hot shower. The steam should melt the wrinkles right out of your clothes. It’s the perfect lazy way to get ironed clothes without actually having to iron.

6. Invest in a hand vacuum or a robot vacuum

Vacuums are really cumbersome and if you’re a bit adverse to vacuuming at the best of times, the thought of lugging the silly contraption out of the hall cupboard will be enough to have you putting off the chore for weeks at a time.

Get a hand held vacuum for minor cleaning jobs or better yet, get a robot vacuum that will vacuum your floor without you even lifting a finger. You can set them to vacuum your house as you leave for work in the morning so you come home to clean floors. It’s like having a cleaner you don’t have to pay.

7. Buy cleaning wipes for emergencies

Cleaning wipes aren’t great for the environment but if you use them sparingly and only for emergencies they’re a great time saver. You can get kitchen floor wipes, leather couch wipes, toilet wipes and even couch and carpet wipes.

They’re great for when you don’t have time to mop the floors, but you need to scrub a few spots before your guests arrive.

8. Distract yourself

Don’t try to clean unless you have entertainment. Try cleaning with headphones on while you listen to music or a podcast. That way you can move freely around your house and your entertainment will follow you.

A good podcast will make you forget you’re cleaning… hopefully.

9. Find a place for everything

This one requires a little bit of preparation but if you have a place for everything you can see what’s missing in one glance.

If you have a hook where your keys go, a tray for your wallet and phone and a place to store your sunglasses at the end of the day you’ll never have to waste time looking for your stuff. It’s a super lazy and no-brainer way of keeping tabs on everything you need every day.

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