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How to Clean Faster

Most people don’t organize, clean, and perfect as they go. They let it all pile up, shove it somewhere for the time being, and say they’ll deal with it later. When “later” finally comes, cleaning seems like too much work and too much time.

You don’t have to spend hours cleaning your house. Instead, every time you use something, put it away before you even put it down. Do this in every part of your life. When the clutter is gone, it’s easier to see the dust and dirt. Then you can concentrate on level 2 cleaning: wipe, sweep, mop, polish, or sponge up dirt and dust right when you notice them and you’ll be ahead of the game. Your once-a-week cleaning will go much faster if you’re continuously spot-cleaning, and your house will be a healthier environment for everyone who lives there.

You shouldn’t be the only one helping. Give your family or roommates incentives to help. Start children early picking up after themselves so they enjoy having an orderly environment instead of learning to live in a mess. My Peanut loves to sing the cleanup song: “Clean up, clean up, everybody everywhere, clean up, clean up, everybody do their share!” Wise words. Picking up after herself is a game, not a chore, and I really believe that a clean, orderly house can be addictive and contagious.

Put everything in its place, clean as you go, and you’ll feel calmer and waste less time. Everything about your house will feel nicer.

This is an excerpt from Skinnygirl Solutions by Bethenny Frankel, available on