11 Housecleaning Tips for the Lazy

Mom doing laundry
Image adapted via iStock

Housecleaning. Every day, it’s the same old thing.

You wake up – fix food, clean up from food, deal with Legos on the floor and things that the kids leave all around the house. Load up the washing machine, the dishwasher, run errands at the store, cook some more, clean again. And on it goes. If you are anything like me, then you might feel like your life has become a scene from the movie Groundhog Day!

The good news is that all housework will wait for us. The bad news is that it still will eventually need to be done. Today, I share with you some infallible, quick, (and humorous) tips for making the housework a cinch!

Bottles of Pine Sol
Image via Flickr, aperture_lag

Use Pine Sol. For everything. If you don’t like Pine Sol, then use another kind of cleaner with a strong scent. You can pour it in the toilets and sinks, and let it sit for a while and – voila, your home smells as if you spent the better part of your day disinfecting and cleaning! 

{Continued: Tip #2}

Washer and dryer
Image via Flickr, somegeekintn

Just turn the dryer back on! Seriously. Too lazy to fold and put away the clothes, and don’t even own an iron? Turn the dryer back on and you get at least 30 minutes of procrastination time which you can use to read your favorite blogs or troll Facebook. Plus, it makes you feel busy, even if you aren’t really doing anything.

{Continued: Tip #3}


Dirty dishes in the sink
Image via Flickr, miss pupik

Sink full of dishes, but you just had a manicure? Stick them (the dirty dishes) in the dishwasher (or the oven if you have to) and abide by the out of sight, out of mind mentality, that will let you curl up on the couch with the kiddos for a few extra episodes of My Little Pony. 

{Continued: Tip #4}

Little girl in a laundry basket full of stuffed animals
Image via Flickr, Elizabeth/Table4Five

If you have toys or ‘stuff’ all over the place and you just want to blink it away – stuff it all in a laundry basket. Personally, I have a color-coded laundry basket for each kid and it takes me 4 minutes to round up all their stuff throughout the house and stick it their personal basket – and then I simply put it in their rooms. House is decluttered, and they have chores just waiting to be done and know where all their things are. 

{Continued: Tip #5}

Toddler pushing a chair
Image via Flickr, ChelseaWa

Rearrange a little furniture. Okay, okay – I know that’s not necessarily cleaning, but it does help change the perspective of your house and it makes it look like you were busy. 

{Continued: Tip #6}


Fabric softener
Image via Flickr, trenttsd

If your furniture needs a quick boost, then simply wet a dryer sheet and wipe off the upholstery with it. Not only does this get all the crumbs and sticky stuff off (plus make your couch anti-static) but it also adds a very pleasant odor to your living room.

{Continued: Tip #7}

Floral curtain
Image via Flickr, jlodder

Wash the curtains and hang them damp! Nothing says fresh and clean like clean draperies or sheers, and NOTHING smells better than fresh laundry. Plus, curtains, blinds, and draperies are great ways to hide the pesky fingerprints on the windows that (if you are Type A) will drive you crazy. 

{Continued: Tip #8}

Under-bed storage
Image via Flickr, Sh4rp_i

Stuff things under the bed. I live in a house that was not built with storage in mind. Since I cannot stand clutter THAT I CAN SEE, I use the space under the bed to store things I don’t use often. 

{Continued: Tip #9}

Collage of handmade bins
Image via Flickr, Trilliumdesign ~ Caroline

Stock up on cute boxes and baskets, which are the world’s greatest catch alls and can be used in every room. When your neighbor comes over, they won’t see a massive stash of paper and bills covering the kitchen table – they will see an adorable decorative box or basket. 

{Continued: Tip #10}


A clean and made bed
Image via Flickr, MoveforFREE

Make the beds. Seriously, this doesn’t take long – and a made bed can make every bedroom in the house look tidy and in order. Better yet, make the kids make their beds. 

{Continued: Tip #11}

Toddler vaccuming
Image via iStock

Last but not least. Vacuum/sweep the floors. Freshly vacuumed carpets and rugs make it look like you have spent your entire day tidying up.

And there you have it! A clean (*ahem* semi-clean) home that will enable you to focus on the more important things in life!

{Related: Strategies for Organizing Clutter}

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11 Housecleaning Tips for the Lazy

Stef Daniel is the 40ish year old, experienced (meaning crazy already) mother of count ‘em…4 daughters (yes, she takes prayers) who have taught her nearly E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G she needs to know about raising kids and staying sane. She hails from a small town in Georgia where she lives with her family in a red tin roofed house (with just ONE bathroom mind you) on a farm - with tons of animals of course. One day, due to her sheer aversion to shoes and her immense lov ... More

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  1. Lauren says:

    That dryer sheet one looks like it could be a lifesaver….

  2. Melissa says:

    These are really not good cleaning habits. Once in awhile perhaps.

  3. Anabel says:

    These are not ways to clean…..these are ways to hoard filth, inconspicuously! You have to ask yourself one question…..Is sItting on my butt for an hour really worth living with a cockroach infestation 4ever?? Some of these methods takes more effort than actual cleaning!! However, I guess if you are a dirty pig and you dont want anyone to find out…..these are deal solutions…..but eventually your hidden messes will grow mold and smell…..You cant hide that!! They might be outta sight but wont stay outta mind!!

    • Mary says:

      Wow Anabel, fell out the wrong side of your bed! It’s a light hearted but quite helpful set of tips. No one suggests living in filth or squalor. None of the tips could encourage cockroaches, nor is it up to you to judge any mom as a dirty pig. I’m sorry you couldn’t see the funny side nor the practicality of some of the tips – a basket for each child’s toys is a good one.

  4. Kimberly says:

    HEhehe!! I thought this was a wonderful article!! Stef is hilarious and practical. I immediately got up and did several of the ideas and loved them!! Yes I even made my bed!! There are also some amazingly helpful books out there. try looking at The Messies Manual. can’t remember the author but so good.

  5. TerrieEdgar says:

    Out of SIGHT out of mind…

  6. Trying to get my teen to read this.


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