You have heard of speed dating?……Well this isn’t as entertaining or fun, but it can be exciting when you speed clean your entire normal size house in an hour.
Yes, you heard me right…..ONE HOUR!
I am sharing with you today, a few tricks I have learned over my many years of cleaning my home, and if you follow these few easy steps you can have your home sparkling before the first holiday guest is on your door step. I promise!
But for these tips to work you have to stay focused.
Do not get distracted, no checking your phone for the latest updates. Remember you want to get this done in an hour. This will be fun…challenge yourself.
First Tip – Always Start at the Top
In every room always start at the top and work your way down. Let the dust from the ceiling fans, fall on lower surfaces that haven’t been cleaned yet. Wipe furniture dirt directly on the floor. Clean all the floors as the last step.
I start with the Bathrooms first.
Bathrooms – 7 minutes
- I good trick is to go quickly through each bathroom and clear counters, spray counter tops, tub/showers and add cleaner to toilets.
- As you move to each bath it allows the cleaners to set and work there magic while you go to the next.
- Go back to the first bath clean mirrors and wipe down counters and rinse tub/shower and clean toilet bowl and wipe down the outer toilet surface. Do this step for each bathroom.
- Do not clean floors yet…
Kitchen – 12 minutes
- Collect dirty dishes and load dishwasher.
- Fill sink with hot soapy water.
- If you have a stove with removable burner pieces, place in water.
- Wipe down all surfaces of cabinets, counters etc. Rinse sponge in hot water as your clean.
- Next wipe down appliances (ok you are doing great….woohoo!)
- Clean stove pieces and replace on stove.
- Remember we are doing all floors last!
Bedrooms 5-6 minutes
- If there is a lot of clutter you will need to gather the items quickly and put in a basket or box and store in closet, so that you can sort and organize latter.
- Remove linens and remake beds.
- Dust furniture with dust spray
- Move to next rooms
Living/Dining Rooms – 7 minutes
- Gather/clear all clutter
- Start with dusting ceiling fans/lights, and ceiling walls/corners for cob webs, work your way down
- Vacuum upholstered furniture with your vacuum attachment
- Don’t do floors just yet, all carpets in house will be vacuumed last.
Floors – Entire house 15 minutes
- Vacuum carpeted rooms, moving quickly.
- I recommend vacuuming hard floors. This helps prevent getting dust into the air. Here is my favorite. Bissell 3106 Featherweight
- If you haven’t ever used one of these lightweight vacuums, I feel bad for you……it is my favorite cleaning tool and gets the job done.
- Mop kitchen and bathrooms quickly with a wet mop. I use wet swiffers for fast cleaning and touch ups. Swiffer Wet Refill 12 count pack or if you need to mop also here it is: Swiffer Sweeper Floor Mop Starter Kit
- I do not mop hardwood floors. I spot clean with a damp cloth and dry immediately. This is the safest way.
Wowza……all done. GREAT JOB! Now you have a house that is guest ready and you don’t have to stress. Doesn’t that feel great.
What tricks do you have to get the house cleaning done before guest arrive? I hope some or all of these tips help with getting your home ready for the Holidays.
Take care and I hope to see you over at PINTEREST…..I love hearing from you and read every email…..please leave a comment and I will reply as soon as possible.