02Nov

The Ultimate Guide: How To Clean Your House Like A Professional | 7 Keys Revealed

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If you’ve ever felt that there is a better way to clean your house than what you’re currently doing, you are 100% correct!  While some may feel like cleaning is cleaning or that it’s supposed to be hard, that is so far from the truth.  Learning to clean your house like a professional cleaner will free you from this mental trap!

Most people don’t even realize they are doing things to make cleaning their homes harder than it has to be.  Crazy right!? Well my smart friend, you really can clean your house quicker, better and smarter.  Cleaning your home like a professional is easier to do than you think — it’s definitely not rocket science! (Cheers to that!)

Revealed below are my 7 ultimate keys of cleaning that are crucial for transforming how you clean!  Be able to clean your house as easily as the pros do it and relish in the overwhelming sense of how fabulous you’ll feel when you look around and see how darn good your house looks!

1.  Become a world-class house cleaning ninja warrior — in your head

If you’re a world-class chef going to compete in a cooking show, you’re going to make sure you have everything you need to win before stepping into that kitchen!  Technical skills, culinary tools, a fake British accent and an attitude that says I’m going to win it all! 

Believe it or not, you need to tackle cleaning your house with the same attitude!  Even if you despise cleaning, approach it as if you absolutely deserve a clean home and won’t settle for less. 

This is essential to successfully pull off a win in this imaginary house cleaning competition aka your life!   

LACKING THE MOTIVATION TO CLEAN YOUR HOUSE?

If you need the motivation to clean your house, trying surrounding yourself with clean houses!  Simply check out Instagram and Pinterest for beautiful pictures of houses or even look in magazines.  Eventually, you’ll get inspired and get to work cleaning yours!

2. Use the right cleaning products & tools for a win

Imagine stepping into a warm, steamy shower and realizing that the only things in the shower for you to wash with are a toothbrush and toothpaste.  (Yeh I know it’s kinda weird but stick with me.) You absolutely HAVE to use those two, wildly inappropriate items.  

What makes both of those items terrible for cleaning your body?  Let’s start with the toothbrush. It’s insanely tiny! It’ll literally take forever to clean your body with a toothbrush.  And then toothpaste for your body?  I can certainly think of a few places you shouldn’t use toothpaste on.

Using the wrong products and tools is part of what makes cleaning so frustrating!  It makes the job harder than it has to be.  

THE BOTTOM LINE

Using the correct products and tools when cleaning your home is half the battle.  For instance, if you have soap scum or hard-water deposits to remove, an all-purpose cleaner won’t cut it!  You need to use products specifically made for those particular issues so that you can clean them quickly with the least amount of effort.  

3.  Buy cleaning products as if you’re buying them for a Goddess

We all feel a certain amount of fear and anxiety at the thought of someone coming to our home unexpectedly.  So what if I told you that not only is someone coming over to your house today, but it’s a Goddess (like from a mythical island or something) and she wants to clean your house!  

But it gets worse.  She wants to clean your house with your crappy cleaning supplies and products!  Yikes!

You will want to ensure that a Goddess has only the absolute best and most effective tools and products to choose from.  Why is that? Because you are going to want to make the task of cleaning your dreadful home as easy as possible.  

Now here’s the secret — you’re the goddess that deserves the best cleaning products & tools available!  Investing in quality products and tools that you enjoy using will make cleaning your house a heck of a lot easier, quicker and smarter.

4.  Unplug, be totally anti-social & totally anti-Netflix

If you want to clean your house faster and smarter, you need to have the laser focus of a highly skilled soldier that is anti-social, hates Netflix and all things social media!  (Talk about intense huh? lol).  

These things are wildly distracting and slow you down tremendously when cleaning your home.  

So what is the key here?  FOCUS.  If you have two hours to clean, it needs to be two dedicated, uninterrupted hours.  Focus on the room you’re cleaning or tasks as you’re performing. (Remember Rule 1: Keep your head in the game!)  

But please do not think I am telling you that you need to clean in total darkness and silence.  That’d actually be kinda weird! 

SAFE THINGS TO DO WHILE CLEANING

Non-distracting things you can do while cleaning includes listening to music, which is my absolute fave, getting enlightened with podcasts or enjoying an e-book.  If others are around, they either need to join in and start cleaning with you or come back later when you’re not busy!  

5.  Routinely follow a routine

Moving to a new city can be daunting and exciting at the same time!  Think of all the times you’ll get lost going from the grocery store to your new house — or even getting lost in your own neighborhood.  Guilty as charged.  

Fast forward from your first day in your new city to just three months later.  A trip to the grocery store is predictably uneventful and you can get anywhere you want with absolute ease.  This is thanks to the power of routines — doing the same thing over and over again.  

Cleaning routines have become wildly popular and for good reason — they work!  Doing a routine over and over again is simply you programing your mind — and eventually, it’ll accept the new program & run on autopilot!  Powerful stuff right?

Practice makes perfect. Regardless of what room you need to clean, following a routine will decrease your cleaning time and increase your efficiency by lightyears!  

WORD OF CAUTION

When first starting a cleaning routine, things will suck at first.  You will probably take longer to clean than usual because you’ll be glued to the piece of paper you printed your routine on — go figure! 

Stick with it! Perform the routine as often as possible & you will be cleaning like the world’s best & quickest maid in no time! I promise!    

6.  It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it 

Go to a terrible, one-star reviewed hairstylist and ask for a haircut.  Will you be surprised if you walk out with a terrible haircut — and tears?  Probably not. But you’d probably have questions like, “How in the world did they mess up such a simple haircut?!?” 

The answer is simple and everyone agrees — their technique is trash!  They ain’t got no skillz! They need to go back to school!  Ahh, you get the point.

This is the same reason why sometimes you can spend hours cleaning and no one notices.  Your house looks, feels & smells not clean — and that is beyond disappointing! You simply need to learn a few simple techniques to really make your house snap, crackle & pop!   

Good techniques are the difference between a shiny & sparkly or a dull & streaky house. They are your secret weapon to cleaning your house and actually doing a fabulous job!

Three Essential Cleaning Techniques To Keep In Your Pocket  

  • Wax On, Wax Off — it’s just like waxing a car but on all surfaces of the home when cleaning by hand.  Great for heavy build-up!
  • Figure 8’s Squared — when mopping the floors, first mop in the shape of a square to trace the room along the baseboards and edges. Then mop the inside of your imaginary square with figure 8s.  
  • Circle, Circle, Top, Top — whatever room you’re in, clean in a circle and for Pete’s sake, always clean from the top down.  It’s like the cardinal rule of cleaning!  

7.  Make it picture-perfect — make it pop

A heck of a lot goes into a family photo — from choosing the perfect color scheme to making sure the tacky dresser doesn’t wear something tacky for the photo…yikes!  *Instant massive headache*  

Yet somehow, it all comes together and you end up with a picture-perfect photo that you can proudly share on the net!  Likewise, taking the time to tend to small details around a room is the key to really making it look clean — or even better, picture-perfect!

The final magical touches you put on a room are what gives it that wow factor!  Don’t worry, it doesn’t take much extra time & it’s easier to do than you think! 

MAKE YOUR ROOMS LOOK REALLY CLEAN

  • Blinds need to be uniform or pointing in the same direction.  You don’t want your blinds looking all crazy pointing in different directions.
  • Make sure curtains are positioned the exact same on each window.  
  • Tidy cluttered surfaces If you are not good at decorating or organizing, straight lines always work.  Tallest to shortest or shortest to tallest is basically Organizing 101. 
  • Remake beds. Make sure pillows are fluffed. Tuck sheets.  Blankets or comforters need to look botox tight!  No lines or wrinkles.
  • Fold & hang towels in bathrooms and the kitchen but you can’t be loosey-goosey with this!  Fold towels so that the edges are lined up perfectly & hang evenly.

BEFORE YOU GO

These 7 rules aren’t the usual cleaning tips you find on the web, but I promise they will actually transform your cleanings in every way. By changing your mindset first and then your actions, you will be blown away at how much easier & faster it is to clean your home! Just stick to the program, keep your goal of being better at cleaning in front of you and remember change is a journey!

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