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.
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)
There’s no time to dust every knick-knack on your bookshelf, so just focus on the most visible pieces. White lampshades and dark wood coffee tables tend to show a lot of dust, so if they are in high-traffic rooms, give them quick sweep and keep moving.
Fuller Brush Ostrich Feather Duster ($15)
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)