How to Speed-Clean Your House in 15 Minutes or Less
There comes a time in everyone’s life when the need to speed-clean presents itself. Last-minute guests have called, and—surprise!—they’re just around the corner. Or, oops! You slept in. Whatever the case, speed-cleaning can be done beautifully and efficiently. In fact, we like to consider ourselves expert speed-cleaners. Here’s how we get it done in just 15 minutes.
Put on your best workout playlist and blast it in your home to keep you motivated and on the move as you speed-clean. No stopping for dance sequences allowed.
Having a basket with all your necessary cleaning supplies is absolutely essential to speed-cleaning. We generally keep paper towels, a clean cotton rag, all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, and a duster in a bucket with a handle that’s easy to carry through the house. Only put the essentials in, so you don’t strain yourself.
OXO Good Grips Measuring Bucket ($15)
Follow the flow of your home, moving clockwise or counterclockwise from room to room. Moving between floors or from the back of the house to the front and back again will waste precious time. The more often you speed-clean, the more the path will become second nature to you, and you’ll get quicker and quicker.
Speed-cleaning doesn’t allow for mopping; you’ll have to save that for your bimonthly deep clean. Instead, break out your vacuum; most will clean all types of floor surfaces. We prefer a lightweight model, such as Dyson’s Upright Cleaner. While you’re at it, invest in an extra-long extension cord, so you can plug in your vacuum once and carry on throughout the house.
Spritzing your tabletop and glass surfaces is one of the most essential tasks to speed-cleaning. Wipe down your kitchen counters with all-purpose spray and spritz any mirrors or glass furniture pieces with glass cleaner.
Every communal room in your house should have a basket, bin, or even a closet where you can stash odds and ends like shoes, books, pet toys, and the like. In 15 minutes, there’s no time to put everything away where it belongs, but a basket will at least help you conceal it temporarily.
Pottery Barn Beachcomber High Rectangular Basket ($199)
A quick fluff of your pillows can instantly take your sofas and chairs from drab to fab. You may not have time to wash your slipcovers and cushion covers, but you’ll be astounded by what a little plumping can do.
If you rarely allow guests in your bedroom, or even upstairs, you can skip this step. Guests do often ask for a full tour of your home, so we recommend making your bed. Your sheets don’t have to be perfectly folded, but you should just quickly pull your comforter, duvet, or quilt taut and stand your shams upright.
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