Conquer the Chaos: Quick Cleaning Hacks for Travel Nurses on the Go


Michelle Ravanera | June 19th, 2024

Living out of a suitcase can be an adventure for travel nurses, but keeping your temporary housing clean doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Long shifts and packed schedules can leave little time for chores, but a messy environment can impact your health and well-being.

Here are some quick cleaning hacks specifically designed for busy travel nurses to keep their temporary housing sparkling (without taking up all your precious downtime):

The 10-Minute Tidy:

  • Schedule is Key: Block out 10 minutes, two or three times a week, specifically for tidying. This focused approach keeps things manageable and prevents clutter from snowballing.
  • Quick Pick-Up: Start by putting everything away – clothes in the hamper, dishes in the dishwasher, toiletries back in the bathroom.
  • Surface Sweep: Wipe down counters, tables, and stovetops with disinfectant wipes.
  • Floor Patrol: A quick sweep or vacuuming can make a big difference.

Deep Clean Power:

  • Weekend Warrior: Dedicate a longer cleaning session (think 30 minutes) on your weekend to tackle deeper tasks.
  • Shower Power: While you’re showering, spray down the shower walls and tiles with a bathroom cleaner. Rinse when you’re done.
  • Laundry Blitz: Do a load of laundry every other day to avoid overflowing hampers.

Cleaning Must-Haves:

  • Multipurpose Sprays: Invest in a good disinfectant wipe or all-purpose cleaner that tackles most surfaces.
  • Disposable Items: Paper towels, plates, and cups can minimize dishwashing.
  • Mini Vacuum: Consider a small, handheld vacuum cleaner for quick cleanups.

Living Arrangements:

  • Negotiate Cleaning Services: If your housing allows, inquire about incorporating cleaning services into your rental agreement.
  • Shared Spaces: If you’re in a shared living situation, establish a cleaning schedule with your roommates.

Remember: A clean environment promotes relaxation and reduces stress, essential for busy travel nurses. By incorporating these quick hacks into your routine, you can maintain a clean and comfortable temporary home base, allowing you to focus on your patients and enjoy your time off.


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