Speed Clean Your House in 30 Minutes (when company is on the way)
We have all gotten that phone call from a friend or family member telling us they want to come over for a quick visit. As soon as you hang up the phone, panic sets in when you turn and look at your house. It’s total chaos!
You start to think where do I begin and what should I do first? Dishes are piled in the sink, towels need to be folded, toys are everywhere (dog toys for me), floors need to be vacuumed, and the toilet needs a good cleaning.
Take a deep breath! You’ve got this! Deep cleaning is not an option at this moment. But, you can speed clean your house in 30 minutes and be ready for your company when they arrive.
I’ve made you a printable to keep on your refrigerator for an easy reference. These are some tips and tricks for speed cleaning your house when guest are on their way.
Ready. Let’s get your speed clean on!
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Freshen The Scent In Your House
Freshen your house quickly by changing the scent. Spray an air freshener, use a wax warmer or light a candle, sprinkle carpet fresh on carpet and rugs, and spray fabric freshener on the couch and pillows.
Focus on the Main Living Spaces
Run around and pick up the main rooms that are visible to your guest. Grab an empty laundry basket and put everything out of place in the basket. You can sort through this basket after your guests leave. Stash the basket in a private room. Throw trash away, put dishes in the sink-we will get to these in a minute. If time allows, run the vacuum over the floor.
Clean the Bathroom
Go to the closest bathroom–the one guest use– and do a surface cleaning. Spray down the sink, countertop, and fixtures. Wipe Clean. Spray the mirror and wipe clean. Put some toilet cleaner in the toilet, give it a quick scrub and wipe off the seat. Flush. Check the toilet paper and hang a fresh towel.
Surface clean first. Load all dirty dishes into the dishwasher. Wash out the sink. Wipe down the countertops, table, and stovetop. Sweep. Put out fresh dish towels.
Quickly vacuum the floor in the main traffic rooms. I use my vacuum on carpet and hardwood floors. If the main entryway, hall, kitchen, and bathroom are fine, then skip this step. Remember, you are just getting the visible dirt off of the floor.
Take out the Trash
Take the trash from the kitchen and bathroom out. Place in an outside container.
This is the last step. Run through the house and check every room. Straighten pillows, couch cushions, and throw rugs. Push up chairs, fold blankets, and stash laundry and toys.
If you still have time
If time allows–dust. Hit the most visible spots. Look for cobweb and get them. Wipe down kitchen appliances.
You should be able to tackle all of this in 30 minutes. It can be a little stressful when you are rushed to get everything done. Enlist the help of your family. Children can pick up toys and carry them to their room and put them away in a somewhat organized manner. 🙂
Most of all—your guests are coming to see you and not your house. Usually, you will see the dirt and dust and your guests will only be focusing on you, your family, and enjoying their visit.
Speed clean at least once a week to keep your house in order. This does not replace deep cleaning but is fine for once a week. Try to beat your time each week by a few minutes. Make it a challenge.
Work on getting a weekly cleaning routine in order. Keep up with the laundry daily, load and unload the dishwasher during the week as needed, and vacuum once a week. These few things will help to keep your house in order, and when the unexpected company calls or just shows up on your doorstep, you will be ready for them.
Grab this Speed Cleaning Checklist to keep on hand for when your company is coming, and you need to get your clean on!
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