Who wants to spend an entire Saturday cleaning? Ain’t nobody got time for that. You have people to see, places to go and a life to live. That’s why we’ve created the ultimate cleaning guide for people who don’t have have time to clean. You can clean your house in less than an hour with this plan. Yes, you read that right. Less than an hour! That leaves more time in your day for you to be with your family, catch up on Netflix, call a friend or simply have some much needed “me” time. Try it out this week and let us know what you did with all that extra time.
First, you need to go into cleaning mode. This means NO MULTITASKING! You can check Twitter after you’re done. Second, turn on your favorite Pandora station or playlist. Doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of Ke$ha, Mozart or Mumford and Sons. Just turn up the volume and jam out. Liven up the cleaning process by adding some fun. You can even dance while you vacuum.
Seperate your home into 4 sections. Start with the bedrooms and work your way down the list.
4: Living Room
Approximate time: 10 minutes per bedroom
Do a clean sweep. Put dirty clothes in the hamper. Pick things up off the floor and put them in the closet or drawers. Put your collection of things on your dresser or nightstand in their proper place (that means those cups go in the dishwasher). Empty the wastebasket. You want clean surfaces to help the room look tidier.
Make the bed. Rather than trying to tuck sheets under the end of the mattress, lift up each corner of the mattress with one hand and tuck with the other. It’s faster.
Deal with dust. Using a dry microfiber cloth, start with a piece of furniture in one corner and work your way around the room clockwise. Dust each surface, working back-to-front and dump the dust right onto the floor. Your cloth should only touch each part of the surface once (no constant back-and-forth). If there’s a lamp on the nightstand, clean it top-to-bottom first, then dust the tabletop. Use your long-armed duster on mirrors and wall art.
Vacuum. Start from a back corner and vacuum your way out the door, using long firm strokes. Save time by only running the vacuum over each strip of carpet once—not twice. Don’t worry about missing an inch or two.
Approximate time: 9 minutes
Prep. Spritz the sink, vanity, shower and tub with your all-purpose spray and let sit.
Tackle the toilet. Sprinkle baking soda into the bowl, give it a thorough scrub with the toilet brush, then flush. Next, spray a microfiber cloth with all-purpose spray and wipe down the outside of the toilet and tank.
Clean the mirror. Spray on glass cleaner and, starting in the top corner, wipe in a circular motion.
Go back to the sink. Use the toothbrush to quickly scrub hard-to-reach spots around the fixtures.Then, working back-to-front, start in one corner and move horizontally, wiping the counter, vanity, fixtures and handles.
Wipe down the shower and tub. No need for a full scrub—just give them a quick swipe with a dampened cloth, then pull the curtain shut.
Mop the floor. Using a water-dampened microfiber mop, quickly mop your way out of the room, beginning in a far corner and ending at the doorway.
Approximate time: 12 minutes
Do the dishes. Load the dishwasher and start the cycle.
Declutter. Spend a minute or two removing any clutter from countertops—put items back in the cabinets, put papers away. The emptier your counters, the cleaner your kitchen looks.
Pretreat. Notice hard-to-remove gunk on your stove or countertop? Scrape it up. Use the eraser sponge to tackle any stubborn stains.
Clean the counters. Wet a microfiber cloth with all-purpose spray and wipe countertops back-to-front, brushing crumbs onto the floor.
Wipe down appliances. Wipe the fridge, dishwasher and stove with a damp cloth.
Tackle the floor. Starting in a far corner, sweep your way out. Then give the floor a fast once-over with a water-dampened microfiber mop, again working your way out.
4: Living Room
Approximate time: 15 minutes
Clear the clutter. Quickly scan the room to see what’s out of place. Stash scattered items like remotes in drawers; neatly stack magazines on the coffee table.
Dust. Start in one corner of the room, and follow the same process as in the bedrooms, working top-to-bottom and back-to-front so that the dust falls onto the floor. And if you have blinds, swipe them with the long-armed duster.
Clean glass. To clean glass surfaces, spray a microfiber cloth with your glass cleaner and wipe in wide circular motions, working from one back corner to the front.
Vacuum. Speed-vacuum yourself out of the room, starting in the farthest corner.
5. Enjoy the feeling of a clean home and go have fun!
So there you have it. No, it’s not a deep clean that your mother-in-law would marvel at, but your home is clean! Now go enjoy the time you’ve saved.
But WAIT! There’s more!
For those of you who would rather do a little bit at a time every day (overachievers), here’s a list you can print and stick on your fridge. It’s also helpful for getting your spouse, kids or roommates involved in the cleaning process. Happy cleaning!