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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.

cleaning tips and tricks

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.

cleaning floor on hands and knees

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.




  1. laura
    November 7, 2015 / 2:53 pm

    Looks Great! It’s gorgeous here in Colorado! Can’t seem to get motivated to clean indoors! ha! laura

    • BonBon
      November 10, 2015 / 9:57 am

      I agree, if the weather is nice I like being outdoors, but here it is cooler and overcast for today. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. November 9, 2015 / 1:36 pm

    These are wonderful tips! I’ve always thought that spending the entire day cleaning a house was way too much time…that if you stay focused and on task, it can be done quickly. Also, keeping things picked up, clean, and tidy every day also helps…any small thing is a help! Hugs!!

    • BonBon
      November 10, 2015 / 9:59 am

      I agree….I don’t want to spend any more time than I have to on cleaning, and keeping things in order and clean after using cuts down on major cleaning jobs! Hugs!!!

  3. November 10, 2015 / 7:23 am

    Brilliant plan. I’ll be happy to put bits and pieces of it to work later on today.

    • BonBon
      November 10, 2015 / 10:00 am

      Faster we can clean the faster we get back to fun stuff!!! Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Lou Lou Girls
    November 15, 2015 / 2:02 pm

    This is perfect! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we get to see your fabulous new creations. The party goes until Friday at 7 pm. Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

  5. November 16, 2015 / 5:56 pm

    Great tips bonbon! I can always use faster cleaning tips:). Pinned to our group board. Thanks for sharing @ Dream. Create. Inspire. Link. Take care, Tara

  6. December 14, 2015 / 9:21 am

    You got it right! My issue is doing it routinely! I have so much going on at times when I do get to it, what a chore. Thaks for the how to list. Totally agree about the dusting. Have a good day, Linda

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