Speed Cleaning Checklist

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This speed cleaning checklist gets your home looking clean even when it’s not.

Sometimes, despite our best intentions, life throws us a curveball and the housework just doesn’t get done. Maybe you’ve been sick, and no one else stepped in to keep up with laundry or dishes. Maybe work has been crazy, and you’re too tired to clean. Or maybe you just needed a break, but now can’t stand the way your house looks.

It happens to all of us.

When it does, use this Speed Cleaning Checklist to get your home looking clean — even if it’s not. You’ll feel better without a mess surrounding you, and you’ll know the important tasks are in hand.

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Speed Cleaning Checklist

The key to speed cleaning is not mistaking it for a decluttering or even true cleaning session. You need to work quickly, without getting distracted. Puttering around, doing a bit here and there between checking Facebook or watching a show doesn’t cut it.

This approach requires an all-out 20-30 minutes of fast-moving, focused effort to make things look nice while keeping surfaces from attracting pests or breeding illness. If your home is smaller, or if you don’t have children, it might not even take you the full 30 minutes. If you finish early or want to add a bit extra effort, run the vacuum in the high-traffic areas of your home.


Disinfecting wipes
Microfiber cloth
Toilet bowl cleaner and brush

Speed Cleaning The Kitchen (10 minutes)

Do the dishes.
Wipe the counters.
Wipe appliance fronts.
Scrub the sink.
Empty the trash.
Change the towel.

Speed Cleaning The Bathroom (5 minutes)

Scrub the toilet bowl.
Wipe the toilet handle and seat.
Wipe the vanity.
Wipe the sinks and faucets.
Change towels.

Speed Cleaning The Bedroom (5 minutes)

Put all dirty clothes into the hamper.
Make the bed.
Pick obvious debris up from the floor.
Take dishes to the kitchen.
Throw away trash.

Speed Cleaning The Living/Family Room (5 minutes)

Fold throw blankets.
Straighten pillows.
Take dishes to the kitchen.
Wipe tops of tables.
Pick obvious debris up from the floor.
Throw away trash.

Want to keep this Speed Cleaning routine handy? Grab the printable below and hang it on your fridge!

Printable Speed Cleaning Checklist

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Speed cleaning isn’t a substitute for regular cleaning, mind you, but when life is too busy or stressful to clean it’s a way to keep your home from contributing to that stress.

And here’s how to stop the cycle!

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If you find you’re frequently too busy or tired to give your home a regular weekly cleaning, the problem might be the cleaning schedule you’re trying to follow. Don’t blame yourself!

You’ll find help in my latest book, Cleaning on YOUR Schedule in paperback (black and white) or for the Kindle (gorgeous color).

• Learn what needs to be cleaned and how often (and how long you can safely ignore it).

• Look at the pros and cons of various cleaning routines to come up with a cleaning schedule completely personalized for you and YOUR home.

• Once you have a plan that suits your life, use cleaning checklists like the one above to clean better and faster than ever.

• Plus, my new and improved cleaning mix recipes will save you so much money that the book will pay for itself in the first month!

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Daily Cleaning Routine Checklist
My Housewife Routine (Reader Questions)
How To Get More Done Every Day

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  2. Love your site and i use it regularly not saying my house is perfect because i also homeschool two teenagers so my time is limited i also have a husband who is totally disable and a special needs son but usingyour tips i have found timeto do a lot of things thank you so much

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