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Last Updated on April 2, 2019 by Diane Hoffmaster
Ever have a moment in your life when you have to whip out your superhero cape and start speed cleaning your house for unexpected guests? Have you ever been up to your eyeballs in dog hair and dirty dishes only to get a call from an acquaintance informing you of their imminent arrival? "OH...so you were just out driving around and decided to stop by to see us? You'll be here in 30 minutes? That's wonderful!" you tell them. Now, to figure out how to clean your house fast before they get there!
Only inside your head you are freaking the hell out because the kids playroom looks like a toy store vomited everywhere and there is an unidentifiable smell coming from the laundry room. What do you do? Well, you need to move fast but stay focused!
Speed Cleaning Your House for Unexpected Guests
Don't ever get caught by guests with muddy footprints on the kitchen floor again! Here are a few tips for speed cleaning your house so people don't realize how much of a slob you really are! You need to figure out how to clean the house in an hour or less!
Clean Only What Guests Will See
Unless you plan on giving a tour of your home, only focus on the 'common areas'. Skip the master bedroom and laundry room unless you have extra time at the end of your speed cleaning session. Just keep the doors closed.
Use a Laundry Basket
Just grab one and go room to room grabbing things that don't belong where they are. Shove the baskets in an unused closet for now. Once your company leaves you can worry about putting stuff away. Once your company has left, consider having a garage sale and decluttering the house.
Light Some Candles
Things always LOOK cleaner when the house smells good. If you house smells like wet dog, your guests will definitely notice.
Load Cleaning Supplies into a Bucket for Easy Transport
You don't want to waste a minute of cleaning time running around looking for a sponge when you left it downstairs in the bathroom. Speed cleaning your house means that every second counts. Take a minute or two to gather all the supplies and bring them room to room with you.
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Overlook the Little Things
Chances are that your guests won't notice dusty nick-knacks but they WILL notice dirty kitchen counters. Tackle the big things and ignore the rest. Run the vacuum but don't scrub the baseboards. Clean the guest bathroom but don't worry about dusting the ceiling fans. Don't get side tracked with home organization and a label maker. Just MOVE.
Make a Good First Impression
What is the first spot guests see when they enter your home? Use these speed cleaning tips to focus on THAT area. Straighten up the entry way, brush off the front porch, etc. Make that first moment that guests enter your house really count!
Speed Cleaning Requires a Timer!
If you have 1 hour before company arrives and 5 rooms to clean, each room gets 10 minutes. Don't get side tracked and waste precious minutes! If you have extra time at the end of the hour, you can go back and deal with smaller chores you may have missed. Speed cleaning your house takes FOCUS!
Honestly, you need to keep a well stocked cleaning supply closet to handle these last minute guests. Check out this cleaning supply checklist on Real Simple and stock up!
Add Music to Your Speed Cleaning Routine
One of the best house cleaning secrets I can give you is to create a cleaning playlist. Upbeat music gets us working faster and improves our mood and motivation levels. Turn on something fast and furious, grab your rag and start cleaning!
It Doesn't Have to be Perfect
You are not aiming for perfection when speed cleaning your house. The goal is to have your home to look lived in but neat. You basically want to hide the fact that you haven't washed dishes in three days and that your kid's breakfast from last weekend is still sitting in front of the television. Once company is gone, you can think about doing a deep clean of your house to get rid of dust!
House Cleaning Tricks For More Detailed Cleaning
Okay, so your guests have finally left. Now what? Maybe you want to be prepared for the next time company comes calling! Cleaning your house a little bit every day makes your life easier. Here are a few cleaning hacks to help you stay on top of spring cleaning your house every day. Get more speed cleaning 101 ideas, a speed cleaning routine and checklist at The Spruce.
- Clean your blender with soap. Immediately after you use it, just fill with water and soap and BLEND it clean. Don't let food sit and harden in it!
- Clean your sink out every night. Wash dishes, wipe it down with a sponge and occasionally shine your sink fixtures with wax paper.
- Keep your washer smelling fresh with bleach. I try not to use bleach that often, however, running the kids dirty socks with a small amount of bleach occasionally gets whites whiter and keeps the washer smelling fresh.
- Wipe down baseboards with a dryer sheet. It doesn't have to be a new one, either. Keep a basket of old dryer sheets in the laundry room and use them for deep cleaning your baseboards.
- Freshen the mattress with baking soda. Just sprinkle some on the mattress when you change your sheets. Let sit a few hours and vacuum.
Have any tips for speed cleaning your house that you want to share?
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Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.