Speed Cleaning: Finish Spring Cleaning In Under an Hour

Speed Cleaning: Finish Spring Cleaning In Under an Hour

Plan your out cleaning strategy and get the house sparkling in an hour or less.

By: Ruth Soukup

If you’re looking to speed through your cleaning routine as spring begins rolling around, try some of these tips:

General Guidelines:

  • Start at one end of the house and work your way to the other side.
  • Cleaning is much easier when everything has a home. Work on creating labeled storage areas for all of the things that end up being scattered around the house like papers, mail, shoes and toys.
  • Use a large laundry basket to collect items such as toys or clothing that need to be returned to a different room. After you have finished cleaning, take five minutes to put away the collected items.
  • Save sweeping, mopping and vacuuming until the end, then do it all at once. Likewise, save the glass cleaning for the end.
  • Keep daily shower cleaner in the bath or shower and spray down after each use.

Bedroom(s) (Five to 10 minutes each):

  • Always make the bed. Even if there are other things lying around, the room will look much cleaner.
  • Quickly pick up any clothes, toys or glasses lying around.
  • Use a disposable duster to quickly dust all surfaces, including the headboard and footboard.

Bathroom(s) (Five minutes each)

  • Quickly clear counters of toiletries and pick up clothes or towels from the floor.
  • Squirt toilet bowl cleaner around the rim and let it sit.
  • Use disinfectant wipes to quickly wipe down the sinks, tub and shower.
  • Use a toilet brush to quickly scrub toilet, rim and seat.
  • Use disinfectant wipes to wipe down toilet and surrounding floor.

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Living Room/Dining/Home Office Areas (10 to 15 minutes):

  • Quickly pick up any shoes, dishes, toys or other items lying around. (Put them in the basket to put away later.)
  • Use a disposable duster to quickly dust all surfaces.
  • Use a damp cloth to wipe down any leather furniture, table(s) and dining chairs.
  • Clear surfaces, tidying desk area and other tables. Make sure all paperwork and mail is filed and sorted in its proper spots.

Kitchen (10 to 15 minutes, depending on dishes):

  • Quickly pick up any items that don’t belong in kitchen and place them in the basket. Gather any dirty dishes and put them next to sink.
  • Quickly unload (if necessary) then load the dishwasher.
  • Hand-wash dishes/pots/pans as needed
  • Spray all counters with disinfectant spray, then use soapy water and wet sponge to wipe them all down.
  • Wipe down stovetop.
  • Dry and put away any hand-washed dishes, then drain and rinse sink. The secret to a truly clean-looking kitchen is clutter-free counters and a nice clean sink.

Finishing Up:

  • Use a dry mop to clean hard floors. Spot clean with a sponge if necessary.
  • Vacuum rugs and or carpets.
  • Clean glass surfaces and mirrors as needed with glass cleaner and a lint-free rag. Don’t forget to spray and wipe the bathroom fixtures for extra shine!
  • Put away items collected in baskets while cleaning.

It may take a little getting used to, but, before you know it, you’ll be so deep into the habit that just the thought of not cleaning your toilet every day may send you into panic mode.

A mother of two, Ruth is the writer behind the popular Living Well Spending Less — a blog about the adventure of finding the good life on a budget. She covers cooking, entertaining, crafting, DIY projects, couponing and creative homemaking.

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