30 Minutes to Clean
It’s a relaxing afternoon, when suddenly you get a text message from your sister-in-law stating that she happens to be on your side of town and wants to stop by in the next hour, or perhaps your husband calls to say he invited co-workers over for a last minute dinner. Panic ensues. But fear not! If you have 30 minutes, than you have enough time to pick up… and get food delivery!
Starting with the right tools, and maximizing each step along the way is key to easy peasy cleaning and multi-tasking. So gather all your cleaning tools, ready, set, and GO CLEAN!
Step 1: Clean common area clutter
If your house looks anything like mine, chances are it is littered with toys, and crafts, with your kitchen island as a dumping ground for all things non-food. Kick off your cleaning by grabbing three laundry baskets. One basket will be for upstairs/bedroom items, another basket for kid crap (toys, clothes, books, etc), and a third basket for common area items that need to be put away. Now is the time to enlist help (if you have it). Hand your kids their laundry basket of collected goodies to put away. If you don’t have help for this, then simply put aside in or near their bedrooms so they can help with this later. Same the the upstairs/bedroom items. Move in/near your bedroom and put away after guests leave. Set aside the third basket of common area items and if time allows, put away in their proper storage places after Step 7.
Step 2: Spruce up the bathroom
Step 3: Tidy up the entryway
Step 4: Kitchen Time Clean Up
Step 5: Tackle the Family Room
Step 6: Focus on the Flooring
Starting with the family room and working your way through the kitchen and the rest of the first floor, use a vacuum on the carpet, tile and hardwood to quickly pick up any small debris, pet hair, food crumbs, etc. The vacuum will save you time from having to switch between a broom, and/or a hardwood sweeper.
Easier Peasier SUPER SPEEDY Tip: If you have a robotic floor vacuum, such as a Roomba, move Step 6, up to Step 1, and bump all other activities up a notch.
Complete Step 6 with a quick spot clean. Have something sticky on the hardwood or a popsicle stain on the carpet? Put a little solution on it and it will look like you did a deep clean!
Step 7: Rapid Dusting
30 Minutes. DONE. This won’t replace the weekly cleaning or deep cleaning that you might be doing but this will definitely freshen up the place and most importantly trick guests into thinking that you keep a tidy home (or at least for me, a tidy-ish home). Pour some wine and enjoy the company!