If you’re not a naturally tidy person, or you live with people who aren’t, there are bound to be times you need to know how to speed clean your house. Maybe you just found out you’ve got company coming. Or you’re fed up with how the place looks but don’t want to spend the whole day on it. It happens, and there’s no need to panic.
HEY, I SPEED CLEAN, TOO!
Working at home, I find it easier to focus on business when the house looks tidy. Clutter, dirty floors, and messy rooms seem to drain my mental energy and put me in a bad mood. I know this about myself, so I really do make a point to stay on top of housework whenever possible.
But there are times when I skip my daily cleaning routine, and occasionally weeks when I forgo a deeper cleaning. (As someone with psoriatic arthritis, it’s usually pain that keeps me from both.) Then I look around and realize how the mess is affecting my mood and productivity.
TIDY DOES NOT MEAN CLEAN
Now, speed cleaning is not a substitute for actual cleaning, but it gets the place looking nice enough that visitors (and even most family members) won’t know if you haven’t had a chance to do more. You can, of course, do a more thorough cleaning for guests who might be pickier.
Plus, after a speed cleaning, it’s easier to transition back to a more thorough schedule since there are fewer messes and less clutter to deal with.
So if you need to reset your home, or you’re looking for help cleaning when you don’t have time to truly clean, this is for you!
How To Speed Clean Your House
You will need:
• A laundry hamper, box or bag to hold collected clutter
• All-purpose cleaner*
• Bathroom disinfectant spray*
• Glass cleaner*
• Furniture polish*
• Microfiber cleaning cloths
• Vacuum cleaner or broom
* You can find my recipes to make your own cleaners here.
WORK IN ORDER
Starting at the entry where guests will form their first impression, you’ll work through the “public” areas of your first — the kitchen, living room, and guest bathroom. Then move on to more private areas: bedrooms, your bathroom, and the laundry room.
Working in this order means that, if you get interrupted, you can close doors to areas that guests probably don’t need to see.
The finishing touches are just that — nice, but not necessary right away. Do make a point to deal with that collected clutter, though!
- Spray the doorknob with all-purpose cleaner and wipe it with a microfiber cloth.
- Use the long-handled duster to clean away cobwebs.
- Sweep or vacuum the floor.
- Gather clutter into a basket and set it aside to deal with later.
- Empty the sink, spray it with disinfecting spray, and let that sit.
- Spray the counters and appliance fronts with all-purpose spray and wipe them with a microfiber cloth.
- Heat a mug of water for 1 minute in the microwave. Let that sit.
- Rinse the sink and dry it with a clean microfiber cloth.
- Dump the mug of water that’s in the microwave. Wipe away any gunk inside the microwave that the water has loosened.
- Wipe the stove top.
- Polish the top of the kitchen table.
- Sweep and/or vacuum the high-traffic areas of the floor.
- Use a microfiber cloth and all-purpose spray on any spots on the floor.
- Set out a clean dish towel.
- Use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe hairs and debris from the vanity, the sink, then the tank and base of the toilet.
- Spray the sink, vanity, and all surfaces of the toilet (including the bowl) with disinfecting spray.
- Using a clean microfiber cloth, wipe the vanity, the sink, then the faucets.
- Use a brush to scrub the toilet bowl, including under the rim. Flush.
- Wipe the toilet tank, base, seat and underneath the seat, too.
- Clean the mirror then polish the faucets and doorknob.
- Sweep or vacuum the floor.
- Pick up items that don’t belong and put them in a basket to deal with later.
- Straighten newspapers, magazines, games.
- Use a dry microfiber cloth to remove dust from the TV screen.
- Use a lightly damp microfiber cloth to wipe the coffee table, side tables, and other horizontal surfaces.
- Quickly polish the coffee and side tables.
- Straighten the sofa pillows and throw blankets.
- Sweep or vacuum high traffic areas.
- Pick up clutter and put it in a basket to deal with later. Put the basket in the closet.
- Make the bed.
- Use a lightly damp microfiber cloth to wipe the nightstand, headboard, dresser, and other horizontal surfaces.
- Quickly polish the nightstand and dresser.
- Sweep or vacuum the high traffic areas.
- Empty the kitchen trash. Put a new bag in, then grab a second empty bag, too.
- Take the empty bag to collect trash from the bathroom, bedroom, and living room.
- Light a few scented candles to freshen the air, or use a homemade air freshener spray.
- Deal with the clutter you’ve put into baskets in each room.
You’re done! Of course, now that you know how to speed clean your house, don’t use it as an excuse to avoid deeper cleanings. You’ll find all sorts of helpful printable cleaning checklists here. Following my other checklists will take care of those other places (under the sofa cushions, on top of the fridge, etc.) you didn’t have time for while speed cleaning.