1 Clean from the top down, inside to outside, to avoid getting what you just cleaned dirty again.
2 Do one room at a time to avoid unfinished jobs. The satisfaction of seeing one room sparkle will make the hard work feel like it's worth the effort.
3 When tidying, up a room, reduce trips around the house by temporarily depositing items in one spot en route to but not at their final destination.
4 Do two things at once. While laundry is going, scrub the shower stall.
5 Marks on walls and woodwork come off easily with Mr. Clean Magic Erasers...they are a must have!
6 Invest in good rubber or vinyl gloves to protect your skin and nails.
7 Dust before vacuuming or cleaning the floor. Try feather or lambswool dusters, especially extendable ones for reaching above window and door casings and into corners ( I especially like the Swiffer duster with the extendable handle). Household rags (I cut up my old worn bath towels) are also invaluable for jobs requiring a damp cloth – natural fibres work best.
8 Buy mops with a squeeze mechanism (great for vinyl and tile floors) and a decent-size heavy-duty pail – one with a measuring scale helps get soap-to-water ratios correct. The mop I am in love with is by Casabella...the mop head is a heavy fabric attached with Velcro and comes off easily to toss in the washing machine to bleach and clean. I use 3 of them and always have a fresh clean mop every time!
9 Don't stand your brooms on their bristles. It will destroy their shape and diminish their effectiveness. Instead, get a broom holder, like the Magic Holder 5-position broom organizer.
10 Use a Swiffer for light dusting, or your favourite broom or vacuum attachment to clean hardwood floors. Then damp-mop with a mild cleaner such as Murphy Oil Soap. I recently discovered BonaKemi's MicroPlus Hardwood Floor Care System, which makes the floors glow, and smell good, too!