How to Clean Your Whole House in Less Time

Whether you have unexpected guests on the way, or just want a faster way of tackling regular cleaning chores, you really can clean a home top to bottom in an hour and a half. While homemakers and house cleaners tend to the details differently, there are a few common strategies they all seem to agree on.

STASH

Clutter is what makes cleaning seem overwhelming – and that’s because it makes it harder to get to the surfaces you really need to clean. So take a first pass by going room to room and putting things back where they belong (or tucking them away for a while). If you have children or pets, this often means gathering up and putting away toys before you really get going. For less tidy adults, you may be picking up clothing, mail, and other papers.

STREAMLINE

Make cleaning easier by minimizing the tools. If you have a house with more than one floor, consider keeping a set of cleaning products on each level. If you normally use a broom, a vacuum, and various dusters, consider switching to the vacuum only with an extra-long cord (and getting the most out of each attachment). Invest in good cleansers and sprays that can do double-duty, as well.

STRATEGIZE

Once you’ve eliminated the obvious clutter (15 MINUTES) and have your tools ready, try to clean one room at a time – and cross it off your list. Try not to revisit a room for the sake of speed (and sanity). And prioritize the room you’ll be entertaining in first (in case you do run out of time): living room (15 MINUTES), kitchen (15 MINUTES), bathrooms (10 MINUTES EACH), then bedrooms (10 minutes each). By following these simple strategies and time guidelines, your house will be company-ready in about 90 minutes – enjoy!

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