There's no point in taking the long route for any housekeeping chore. These ideas will take you straight to clean.
Kitchen: Store cookware near the cooktop. Store all wooden spoons in one container, and all stainless steel and plastic in another. Keep an all-purpose spray cleaner in the kitchen for spraying the kitchen benchtops after preparing food.
Bathroom: Keep an all-purpose spray cleaner bottle and extra rolls of paper towels under each sink for surface clean-ups. Also keep additional rolls of toilet paper in the cupboard under the sink.
Hall closet: Keep the contents of the hall closet under control by storing bins with separate drawers for gloves, hats and scarves.
Laundry room: Hang the iron and ironing board on a wall caddy. Keep all laundry supplies together in a basket or in a tall, skinny cupboard (such as Ikea’s Billy bookcase) in the corner. Store sewing supplies in a container with multiple compartments.
Cleaning central: Store all cleaning implements and products in one place for easy retrieval. A closet works fine but if you have a laundry room or laundry corner, the space is ideal because soiled or used cloths can go directly into the washing machine. Wherever you store cleaning supplies, keep them out of the reach of small children, even if you have only an occasional young visitor. Post daily, weekly, and monthly reminders on the fridge.
To make your cleaning storage area efficient, buy a wall rack to hang brooms, mops, and dustpans in one place. Use baskets, bins, and caddies to store products and supplies. Make sure all supplies are stored out of children's reach. Create a customised, computer-generated supply checklist. Make photocopies on coloured paper to post in the cleaning cupboard or storage area. When a cleaning product is running low, note it on the list before the next shopping trip.
Devise a laundry system that suits your household’s needs
Gear your laundry routine to your lifestyle and family size. Train all family members to put dirty clothing in hampers. Place a basket or hamper in each bedroom closet, and in each bathroom, if space allows. When you move dirty clothing into the laundry, separate it into piles - dark clothes, white clothes, colours and special-care items. In households with teens, delegate a laundry chore to each family member such as hanging out the washing, bringing it in, folding clothes or putting it away.