Home Cleaning Tips for the Extremely Lazy

Not everyone can be the queen of organization, or the king of homemade cleaning products. Some of us are lazy cleaners, and that’s okay. These home cleaning tips are for the extremely lazy.

1. Invest in a few air fresheners

Plug in air freshener

Get yourself a plug-in air freshener and feel automatically more together. | Procter & Gamble

Want your home to instantly feel cleaner? Make it smell cleaner. Putting a couple air fresheners throughout your home with complimentary scents will make your whole house feel cleaner. It’s an easy, lazy trick for those of us who instantly want a cleaner house without having to do much actual work.

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2. Clean cobwebs with a helium balloon

Spider web

Arachnophobes can take the easy way out. | Photographer’s Choice RF/Getty Images

Have high ceilings that gather pesky cobwebs? A fun and simple way to get rid of them is to float a helium balloon along them. The cobwebs will stick to the balloon, and voila — you have clean ceilings!

Next: You need tons of this for a home that’s easy to clean

3. Tons of storage space

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Take advantage of that storage ottoman. | iStock/Getty Images

If you want a fast and easy way to clean your whole house, start by giving yourself a ton of storage. Not everything in your home “needs a place.” Have plenty of storage options readily available for any time you need to quickly clean your house, just throw whatever’s out into one of your many storage options. If your home doesn’t come with lots of shelves, drawers, and closets, buy your own storage (benches that open, cubes that double as extra seating, miscellaneous baskets, etc.).

Next: Easily clean your blinds with this trick

4. Prevent your blinds from getting dusty

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Save yourself the hassle of dusting later. | iStock/Getty Images

An easy way to dust your blinds, and keep them from getting too dusty in the future, is to wipe them with a damp dryer sheet. The dryer sheet easily picks up all of the dirt and dust, and keeps the surface slick to detract future dust particles from landing.

Next: Cleaning can be fun!

5. Make a night of it

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Add wine into the equation and most things become more enjoyable. | iStock/Getty Images

If you really and truly hate cleaning, try to mix it with something you do like — like a glass of wine and your favorite album. When you’re not rushing to clean because people are coming over, cleaning can actually be pretty enjoyable. To keep from having to do all of your cleaning last-minute, carve out a couple evenings a month to clean on your own time.

Next: Cut your laundry time in half. 

6. Hang clothes instead of folding them

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Hang as much as you can. | KhongkitWiriyachan/iStock/Getty Images

Think about the most time consuming part of doing laundry. It’s folding everything at the end, isn’t it? Cut laundry time in half by avoiding folding. Instead, buy more hangers and opt for hanging every bit of clothing you can.

Next: You absolutely need this cleaning tool. 

7. Disinfectant wipes are your friends

Travel disinfecting wipes

Save time while killing germs. | Target

Disinfectant wipes are huge life savors for lazy cleaners. There’s no extra spraying step involved. All you need is one tool: a wipe, and you’re good to go. They kill a majority of the germs plaguing your home and leave your surfaces looking sparkling clean.

Next: Make things easier for yourself

8. Keep cleaning supplies around the house

Assortment of cleaning supplies

Make sure everything is easy to access. | Jevtic/iStock/Getty Images

If all of your cleaning supplies are in one specific place, what are the chances you’re going to trek down to that particular room to clean a room on the other side of the house? If you are truly lazy, you need to keep multiple cleaning supplies around the house.

Next: Say goodbye to lint rollers.

9. Pick up pet hair easily

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A surprisingly simple trick. | Kerkez/iStock/Getty Images

Grab Green Home suggests using a pair of rubber gloves to easily and thoroughly pick up pet hair. Simply open a new clean pair of rubber gloves (for wet-safe furniture, wet the gloves a bit — otherwise, they can be dry), slip the gloves on, and run your hands along your furniture to pick up loose hair. It’s as easy as that.

Next: The hardest part is getting started. 

10. Use a timer to get started

Red Kitchen Egg Timer

You can do anything for 10 minutes. | Devenorr/iStock/Getty Images

Apartment Therapy suggests setting a timer to 10 minutes to get started. The idea being: you can do anything for 10 minutes — even clean. “So I set a timer for ten minutes, and I get to washing those dishes. Lo and behold, the timer rings, and the dishes are halfway done. And then I clean the rest of the kitchen, because that was really not so bad,” they suggest.

Next: Plan ahead

11. Be proactive about your cleaning

Do it as you go. | iStock/Getty Images

Instead of rushing to clean before guests come over or doing huge deep cleans every couple months, try to tackle some small jobs on an every-couple-of-days basis. Wipe down your kitchen counters after you make a messy meal, spot clean the floor when someone tracks in dirt, and wipe the windows after a particularly dusty day. If you’re proactive about certain little messes as they happen, your dedicated cleaning days won’t be such a big deal.

Next: Don’t strive for perfection

12. Your home doesn’t have to look perfect

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No one will notice the tiny details. | diego_cervo/iStock/Getty Iamges

If you’re one of those people who won’t do anything if it can’t be perfect, you need to learn not to sweat the small stuff when it comes to cleaning.

“Once I was getting the house ready for a party, and my then-boyfriend was helping, and I watched, in awe, as he cleaned the bathroom mirror in about 15 seconds,” recalls Apartment Therapy writer Nancy Mitchell. “‘But…but… what about those little teeny tiny spots that are left behind?’ I asked. ‘They don’t matter,’ he said.”

Next: Keep your fake plants looking like new

13. Easily clean fake flowers

Artificial flowers

Fake flowers won’t fool anyone if they’re dirty. | ojoel/iStock/Getty Images

If you’re pretty lazy, keeping flowers alive and well in your home can seem like a bit much. Fake flowers are a great alternative. However, they do require some upkeep. When your fake flowers get dirty, simply put them in a large paper bag with a cup of salt, close the bag and shake. The salt scrapes off all of the dirt and dust, leaving your flowers looking like new.

Next: Regularly donate what you don’t need. 

14. Donate what you don’t need or want

Girl taking donation box full with stuff for donate

Less stuff in the house means less stuff to keep organized. | Jovanmandic/iStock/Getty Images

The best way to keep your house easy to clean is to own less stuff. Once a month, go through your pantry, closets, and drawers. Throw away or donate anything that’s expired or that you haven’t thought about in a year. Chances are, if you haven’t worn it or used it in a year’s time, you won’t ever again.

Next: Ask for help.

15. Get some help

Make it a team effort. | DGLimages/ iStock / Getty Images

Not only is there more work to do if you clean your house by yourself, but it’s also hard to keep yourself motivated. If you team up with a partner, whether that be your spouse, child, or friend, you’re more likely to stay on track. Make an evening of it and offer to take your friend out for dinner if they come help you organize your garage.

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