- Cleaning expert and author of “Clean My Space” Melissa Maker breaks down how to clean your home in the fastest way possible.
- Learn her three-wave method for cleaning that can be applied to any space in your home.
Following is a transcript of the video.
Melissa Maker: So to clean your home in a really effective way, you can use what I call the three-wave system. And it’s really simple and it applies to any space. Just think about when you walk into a messy room and you feel overwhelmed. Well the three-wave system is going to help manage that overwhelm. You always want to start from your door and work your way around the room in a clockwise manner, so you’ll start at the door and you’ll finish at the door. And that way, you know that everything is done.
The next thing you want to keep in mind, and this goes for all the waves, is to just work from the top to the bottom because that’s the way that dust and dirt falls and you never want to have to re-clean a surface. That is a Melissa Maker rule.
So the first wave is tidying and organising. So you start at your 12 o’clock point, your door, and you just work your way around the space from top to bottom, tidying and organising. Taking out garbage, putting things in their place. I like to have a bin there so that I can get rid of anything that doesn’t belong in the room. And then by the time I’m done, the room is primed and ready to actually be cleaned.
Cleaning is wave number two. So that includes dusting polishing, disinfecting. So you bring your products with you this time as well as any cleaning tools that you might need. And again, you start at your door, your 12 o’clock point, work your way around the room, top to bottom, and do your cleaning. So this’ll involve dusting, cleaning your mirrors, polishing up any wood. And this is super simple. Take anything off a surface, clean it, and put it right back where it belongs. And you know where it belongs ’cause you already took care of that in the first wave.
And then the third wave is your floors. And you don’t have to clean that in a circular motion, that might look a little insane. But you can just start at one corner of your room, whether you’re vacuuming or mopping, and work your way out the door. That way you never mop or vacuum yourself into a corner.
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