Speed clean your house


  1. Assemble your cleaning toolkit.
    Prepare for efficient cleaning by gathering all necessary supplies before you start. This kit should include a cleaning caddy stocked with cleaning sprays, microfiber cloths, a duster, a garbage bag for trash, and a basket for items that need to be relocated. Having everything in one portable caddy means you can move from room to room without wasting time searching for supplies.
  2. Set a timer for focused cleaning.
    Determine the time you have available for cleaning—be it 5, 20, or 30 minutes—and set a timer. This creates a deadline that can boost your efficiency, helping you to focus on the task at hand and avoid getting sidetracked. For example, if you set a timer for 15 minutes, you'll work more swiftly to beat the clock.
  3. Declutter rapidly.
    Start by quickly picking up any clutter. Use the garbage bag for trash and the basket for items that belong in other rooms. This step immediately improves the appearance of any space by removing visual clutter.
  4. Quickly wipe down surfaces.
    Using your microfiber cloth or cleaning wipes, swiftly wipe down all hard surfaces. Focus on areas that are visibly dirty or frequently used, such as kitchen counters, dining tables, and bathroom surfaces.
  5. Employ speed dusting.
    Perform a quick dusting technique, starting from the top of the room (like shelves) and moving to lower areas. This ensures you don’t have to clean anything twice and prevents dust from settling on already cleaned surfaces. Use a duster or microfiber cloth that can trap dust effectively without spreading it around.
  6. Sweep or vacuum high-traffic areas.
    Concentrate on the areas that see the most foot traffic, such as hallways, living rooms, and kitchens. A quick sweep or vacuum can significantly lift the appearance of these spaces by removing visible dirt and debris. There's no need for a thorough vacuum under furniture—just focus on the open areas.
  7. Straighten and fluff pillows and throws.
    Adjust and fluff up throw pillows and blankets on couches and beds. This simple action can make a room look more inviting and put-together. Spend a minute or two arranging them in a visually pleasing manner, which can make even a well-used space seem more cozy and organized.
  8. Refresh towels. In bathrooms and kitchens, replace used towels with fresh ones. This not only contributes to the cleanliness of the space but also adds a touch of hospitality for any guests. Fold or hang new towels neatly to enhance the room's overall appearance.
  9. Implement grouping and containment. After sorting, group like items together and use containers or organizers to keep them neat. This could mean using drawer dividers for utensils, baskets for toys, or bins for pantry items. This will make it easier for you to find what you need when you need it.
  10. Label for easy identification. Use labels on shelves, bins, and containers to clearly mark where things belong. This aids in maintaining organization and makes it easier for everyone in the household to follow the system. For instance, labeling bins in a pantry for "Snacks," "Baking Supplies," and "Canned Goods" can help keep items in their designated spots.


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