10 Steps to Speed Clean Your House

Sometimes cleaning the house isn't what I want to be doing, especially when I'm home alone (solitude!). And sometimes it needs to be done quickly because someone is coming over on short notice (which I actually love). I came up with a list of 10 steps to clean your house. When I'm home alone, I like to do this as fast as I can so that I can spend quality time on my hobby. I call this speed cleaning.

10 Steps to a Clean House

1. DON'T BOTHER MAKING A LIST + DON'T TRY TO MULTI-TASK

Sometimes making a list is really just a waste of time. You know you want a cleaner house, so just start cleaning. One task at a time is how things get done. Done is better than perfect when you're in a rush and you want things DONE. Let's do this.

2. REWARD YOURSELF

It sounds a little early to be rewarding yourself, and it is. You don't actually get your reward until you are done, but you will find it easier to clean if you have something to look forward to at the end. Treat yourself to a special coffee, a chocolate bar, some flowers, extra reading time. Whatever it may be, enjoy it like the reward it is. You deserve it.

3. DO THE DISHES

Your kitchen is a central spot in your house that has a lot of use. Tackling this room first will give you that sense of accomplishment you need to fly through the rest of your house. Set the timer on your stove for 10 minutes and see how much you can get done. All you need is an empty sink + clean counters. Unload the dishwasher so you can reload it and have an empty sink. Then wipe the countertops and the table. If you still have time, do a quick wipe on highly used cabinets and pulls.

4. WIPE THE BATHROOMS

When I say wipe the bathrooms, I mean wipe them. I keep those disinfectant wipes handy and I use them to quickly wipe down the sink and the toilet. Three minutes, tops. We will do the mirror later.

5. SPEED PICK-UP TOYS

There isn't a need to use the timer here if you are moving fast. Stopping to reset the timer every three minutes will be a waste of time. Go through each room and ask yourself what you can pick up in three minutes or less to make it look cleaner.

6. MAKE THE BEDS

Seriously. Make the beds. This is one of the easiest ways to get that sense of accomplishment. Remember how important that feeling is. When you accomplish one thing, it motivates you to do another thing. Plus, a room always looks cleaner when the bed is made.

7. GRAB THAT DUSTING MITT

You want to clean your house from top to bottom because that's how dust settles. Now that the kitchen is sparkling and the toys are picked up, it's time to move on to the rest of the house. Grab your dusting mitt or a rag or whatever you like to dust with. Start at the most used entry of your house and dust. Wipe down anything and everything. Remember to move fast. Because, why not? It makes it fun. Besides, you have that reward at the end.

Move from the entry to the next adjoining room. And then the next. And so on until you have made a complete round and you find yourself back at the entry.

Do a fist pump or dance a little jig because you just dusted your house. So what if it's not perfect. It's better than it was yesterday! Way to go!

8. MAKE IT SPARKLE

The thing to do after dusting is to polish. Now you are going to clean all the glass. Think mirrors and windows. I have found that the best way to get streak free glass is to clean with microfiber and water. I go around with a damp cloth and a dry cloth and make glass sparkle. Don't worry about washing all the windows. Get the mirrors and glass doors and windows in the main living area.

You're almost done! I hope you're feeling as great as your house is looking!

9. SWEEP AND VACUUM

Sweep first, any and all rooms that you can, and then vacuum the main area.

10. MOP

There is something about a clean floor that makes my heart sing. Especially if part of my chocolate bar breaks and falls. I can still eat it! Mop your floor and then go sit and enjoy your reward. You deserve it.

Try doing this once a week to keep up on the cleaning. If it takes you longer the first time, know that it might be because the house didn't get cleaned last week. Cleaning every week will make it easier to clean.

Remember to reward yourself every week! It takes a lot of effort to keep up on housework. Take care of yourself.