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)
Have five rooms to clean? Set a timer for three minutes in each room, and move on to the next room when the alarm sounds. This will ensure you get your entire home done.
Areaware Alarm Dock for iPhone 5 ($38)
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)