5 High Impact Ways to Make Cleaning Painless When You’re Tired

5 High Impact Ways to Make Cleaning Painless When You’re Tired

Cleaning is tiring. As a hard-working professional, you may find yourself putting cleaning at the bottom of your to-do list. Yet what you’ll come to realize is that cleaning will stay in the back of your head and continuously try to poke its way through. Why?   

You are constantly running around the house trying to be as efficient as possible when completing your tasks, yet when areas are dirty in your household this makes your job more difficult. Instead of ignoring the problem for a rainy day, tackle it head-on. In this article, we will discuss 5 painless high-impact cleaning tips to make you more efficient.

Declutter your entryway instead of feeling guilty about the mess

door and entryway inside a house
A clean entryway is important for setting a precedent for the rest of the house

Start with the first room you see when you walk into your house. Instead of leaving your shoes where you kicked them off and throwing your coat on the bench, follow the golden rule of cleaning which is to leave a place as clean or cleaner than you found it.  

Tuck your shoes away, place your purse or backpack on a hook or shelf and hang up your coat. Establishing these habits will lead to a clean entryway which will have an impact on how you view the rest of your home.

Clean off your kitchen counters before you lose motivation

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Your kitchen counters get dirty the quickest, tackle the mess before it becomes too much to handle

The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in any household and therefore can be the dirtiest. Instead of waiting to clean the kitchen until after dinner, pick up after yourself throughout all meals.   

After breakfast, hand wash the pots and pans and wipe down your counter space. Do the same thing after lunch so when you are tired at the end of the day and ready to make dinner, you’ll have a clean kitchen in which to prepare your meal. There won’t be a pile of dishes waiting for you when you’ve lost motivation and feel exhausted from your day.  

You’ll be surprised how quick and easy it is to clean up after yourself from just one fresh meal when compared to all three meals and you won’t have to scrub food residue from earlier in the day that has been solidifying on your plates, pots, and pans.

Do a cleaning sprint for motivation

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Cleaning sprints are a great tactic to get a lot done in a short amount of time, making it feel less tiring

Cleaning sprints or daily goals are rewarding and make you feel accomplished after completing a task, no matter the size of the task. Sticking to an easy routine is best.  

A cleaning sprint can be as easy as setting a timer for 15 minutes and getting as much cleaning done within that time frame. Another approach would be to choose five things to pick up or clean around the house each day. These two quick and simple approaches to your cleaning tasks will help you to stay on track with your cleaning each week. 

Find the Energy to tackle the paper mountain

papers stacked up very high
Stacks of paper can have scary bills, old receipts, and general information you don’t want to look at. Taking it one small step at a time will make everything easier

We all have one in our house, a stack of papers so tall it looks like a paper city. Organizing this paper clutter effectively will lift a huge weight off of your shoulders.   

You can start by using the 15-minute cleaning sprint to tackle your paper mess. You don’t even have to get close to finishing it, but we promise whatever you get done in those 15 minutes will make the paper clutter seem that much more manageable, less threatening and it won’t tire you out.

Remember your family can help you clean

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Don’t be afraid to ask your family for help. You don’t need to do everything yourself

Sometimes we forget that our family is just as capable as we are of cleaning.  Ask your spouse and kids to tackle one of your cleaning tasks if you are too busy.  

You don’t have to do everything by yourself. We forget how impactful and helpful a friendly helping hand can feel sometimes.


Your cleaning doesn’t have to be strenuous, tiring and all-consuming. Finding hacks throughout your day to effectively clean without becoming overwhelmed and tiring yourself out is key to keeping your house clean on a daily basis for the long haul.     

Use these above tips and tricks to improve your day and make your cleaning less painful.   

If you want to read more articles about how to improve your overall cleaning experience, read the rest of our articles on the Dirtfree blog.

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