House hacks: shortcuts that will keep the house clean

  • 17 January 2019 | Tumelo Buthelezi

Nowadays, people lead such busy lives that their to-do lists have become thick paper scrolls that unfold from their hands and roll down to the floor. Between pursuing professional goals and maintaining a decent social life, it has become even more difficult to dedicate time to effectively cleaning the house. We are always looking for ways to fit in as many commitments and chores as possible into a single day.

So, here’s how you can efficiently do away with your mess and make your place tidier using simple homecare tips.

Avoid unnecessary occupation of space

It’s still early enough in the year to adopt habits that will help keep the house organised and welcoming. This includes making sure you frequently declutter your home and make space.

Solve small space problems by getting rid of what you don’t need. Learn to let go of old things when they become useless stuff that just clutters up your shelves and countertops. Make extra cash from selling unwanted household items at second-hand stores or through online marketplaces. Try to donate your least-used household essentials that have been replaced by newer products that serve a similar purpose.

Leave shoes at the door

Minimise the amount of filth shoes bring into the house by introducing a shoes-off policy. It might be a bit of a drag, but putting such a rule into effect can do a lot more than just prevent the spread of dirt. Removing your footwear can also help protect your floors from being damaged by abrasive shoe soles and can reduce the amount of time you need to spend cleaning surfaces and vacuuming carpets.

If you don’t like the idea of leaving shoes by the front door, be more organised with your space and get a shoe rack with lots of pockets to enable people to take their shoes off and put them away when they enter the house.   

Clean the dishes after meals

Make it a priority to clean your plates and cups right after meals every night before going to bed. Putting off the chore until the next day could set you back a crucial five or 10 minutes when you need to get ready on a hectic morning. Cleaning up can take even longer if the food grease has stuck to the surface of the stove and the kitchen tops overnight.

If possible, try introducing the use of a one-cup-per-person system as a way of cutting down on the number of dirty dishes threatening to pile up in the sink.

Deep-clean and speed-clean 

Deep-cleaning your house once every couple of weeks allows you to speed-clean thereafter and thereby cut down on overall cleaning time. You house will always be nice and neat if you follow the rules of this method of home maintenance.

It is important that you make every move count and work without stepping on the parts you have just cleaned. Make use of equipment and supplies you can carry around with you as you work from top to bottom, moving efficiently in and out of rooms.

Distract yourself with movies and music

One of the most effective ways to turn the laborious task of cleaning into a “time-skip” is to put a fun spin to it. Put some music on and move the mop to the rhythm. Up-tempo playlists make the best type of background music, as they can energise and encourage you to clean far more quickly.

You can also try to get some household chores out of the way by doing something else you enjoy, like watching television, at the same time. Ironing and folding laundry may seem to take forever to do, but if you do it in front of a screen, watching or streaming one of your favourite TV shows, you can make headway without even noticing. Select episodes that you have seen already to avoid getting absorbed by visuals that may tempt you to stop working and devote your full attention to the show instead.  


There are numerous benefits to living in a clean and organised environment. So, even if you are a super-busy person, try to make use of these homecare tips to deal with the dirt, dust and grime in half the time.