Speed clean your home in 30 minutes

Speed cleaning is a great way to clean your house if you are short on time, e.g. working during the week, or expecting visitors at short notice, etc.

Remember, the following tips are not designed to take over from your normal cleaning regime, but more to “fill-in” when you don’t have time to clean in greater depth and detail.  

The idea here is to create the impression of cleanliness. You will want to follow a more detailed schedule to keep your home sparkling. However, the tips below will help you maintain a home that is clean and hygienic in-between such times.

Speed clean your home in 30 minutes

Speed cleaning focuses on surfaces, so you don’t need to haul around a lot of equipment. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A clutter box (to gather items temporarily until you have more time to put them away).
  • All-purpose cleaner.
  • Disinfectant spray.
  • Several microfiber cloths.
  • Vacuum cleaner or floor brush.

Work in this order:

Start at the hallway entrance. That’s where anyone who comes to your door form a first impression.

1 Hallway entrance

  • Spray and wipe the doorknob inside and out (really important during these COVID times).
  • Hoover your welcome mat (or shake it outdoors).
  • Sweep or vacuum any dust and crumbs you see.
  • Give the floor a quick mop (or wipe any stains with a clean cloth).
  • Light a scented candle or spray a scented mist. This will make the hallway entrance smell clean and welcoming.

[5 minutes]

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2 Living Room

Making this room clutter-free and tidy creates the impression that the rest of your home “is the same” for visitors. Even if no-one is dropping by unexpected, at least you will have somewhere clutter free where you can relax in the evenings. I don’t know about you, but I can’t relax if there is clutter lying around in my own home. It bugs me stupid!

  • Collect clutter in your clutter box.
  • Straighten books, magazines, or other items on tabletops.
  • Use a damp microfiber cloth to dust the free space on all furniture and surfaces.
  • Tidy your sofa cushions.
  • Sweep or vacuum high-traffic areas.

[5 minutes]

3 Kitchen

A tidy kitchen makes everything from cooking meals to fixing a cup of tea more pleasant.

  • Gather clutter in your clutter basket.
  • Load the dishwasher.
  • Using a microfiber cloth, add a drop of dish soap and scrub the sink, taps and plugs, then rinse.
  • Wipe counters and appliance fronts.
  • Wipe the kitchen table.
  • Sweep or vacuum the high-traffic areas.
  • Use a damp cloth to wipe any dirty spot s on the floor.
  • Empty the trash.
  • Replace your dish and hand towels.
  • If time permits, pop some laundry in the washing machine. You can always hang your washing out to dry or tumble dry them in the evening.

[5-6 minutes]

4 Bathroom(s)

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Focus on getting high-touch surfaces sparkling clean and eliminating sources of odour.

I tend to clean the shower when I’m in the shower in the morning. I find the steam makes it easier to remove marks and soap stains.

  • Tidy countertops.
  • Spray the toilet seat and bowl with disinfectant. Let it sit.
  • Using a microfiber cloth and disinfectant spray, clean the counter, sink, and faucets.
  • Wipe the toilet seat and clean the toilet bowl with a toilet brush.
  • Use a dry microfiber cloth to buff water spots on the mirror and faucets.
  • Sweep or vacuum the floor.
  • Empty the bathroom bin.
  • Replenish supplies of toilet paper, towels, and soap.

[5 minutes per bathroom]

5 Bedroom(s)

You can skip any spare bedrooms which aren’t in use and clean them on less busy days.

  • Empty bedroom bin(s).
  • Hang up any clothes lying around.
  • Gather clutter into your clutter box.
  • Make the bed.
  • Using a damp microfiber cloth, wipe the free space on all horizontal surfaces.
  • Sweep or vacuum the high traffic areas.

[5 minutes per bedroom]

Finishing Touches

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  • Pop your clutter box in a cupboard until you have time to go through its contents in the evening. Sort the contents based on the room to which they belong, then pop things away.

[5 minutes in the evening]

Tip for those of us who are working

If like myself, you are working during the week, you may wish to concentrate on the most important areas, e.g. hallway, kitchen, and main bathroom. This will take you roughly 15 minutes (slightly longer if you have more than one bathroom). All other rooms can wait until days off.

Get results with speed cleaning!

Following these speed cleaning steps is a great way to get your home surface clean, tidy and hygienic when you’re short on time. A mid-week speed cleaning session helps keep mess under control until you have more time to concentrate on a deeper and more thorough cleaning session.

Of course, if you have children, you could encourage them to help out in return for pocket money, e.g. emptying bins and filling or emptying the dishwasher, etc. Every little help makes a difference and frees up time during a busy week.

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