Friends and family stopping by and your house is a wreck? Now it’s no problem I’m going to teach you How to Clean House in 30 Minutes!
As more and more people in my real life find out that I’m a blogger and the name of my blog comes out, I quite often get laughed at. Not over the name quite as much (at least I don’t think so) but because they don’t think I’m quite as Type A as I think I am (or was) and not as much so as others we know that put any part of my Type A personality completely to shame. I think it comes down to these two disqualifiers for them.
One, punctuality. It’s never been my strong suit so that really hasn’t changed much. And really it’s not that I intend to be late because that would be disrespectful, but I constantly convince myself that I can get one more thing done before leaving or one more thing done before getting ready. Then on the rare occasions that I’m actually running on time or even early something happens with one of the girls or the dog or traffic or something else and I’ve just kind of given up on stressing about being late.
The other kind of goes hand in hand with punctuality and it’s my propensity to procrastinate. I know I wait until the last minute to do a lot of things, but I also think that gives me the flexibility to take on other things in the meantime while still having another project with an end date. Both punctuality and have procrastination have been with me long before I had kids but have only gotten more exacerbated afterwards with the desire to want to do more and see more.
These traits also mean that my once spotless house, isn’t quite as spotless anymore. At least not all the time like it used to be. We moved into a new house earlier this year and are celebrating our first set of holidays in our new home. This means that the house needs to be entertaining ready at a moment’s notice and wouldn’t you know it? I allow it to come down to a moment’s notice before picking up. Even at our housewarming party where I knew everyone would want a tour of the entire house, I waited until the day of to clean. If the babysitter’s coming in 30 minutes, I’ll propel myself into overdrive and get the entire first floor clean in no time at all. Maybe instead of saying I procrastinate I should describe it as thriving under pressure?
Whatever the reason, I know I’m not alone in procrastinating when it comes to cleaning and putting it off until the last possible minute. So I wanted to share some of my tricks for How to Clean House in 30 Minutes and be ready to entertain!
Remember that in order to clean house in just 30 minutes, you’re not going to be cleaning the entire house just the main living areas and others that guests may visit. There’s no reason to worry about cleaning the master bedroom or office if no one will be visiting these rooms. Focus your efforts on the areas your guests will be and you’ll have a house you feel comfortable entertaining or inviting others into. Here’s my list of how to clean house in 30 minutes!
How to Clean House in 30 Minutes
1. Clear flat surfaces. Start by picking up anything that’s out of place on a flat surface – that means counters, tables, and other furniture. If you have regular clutter zones, keeping a storage basket will help corral all of those items and anything that’s nearby can go into that basket and out of sight to sort later. We’re making the house company ready, not doing a complete overhaul and organizing here. You do only have 30 minutes.
2. Clean flat surfaces. Once those counters, tables, and other furniture is cleared. Use a dry microfiber towel to clean up the dust or a multipurpose spray to get those counters or tables sparkling. I have glass tables in my living room and granite countertops, so having a product that can do double duty is super helpful.
3. Empty the sink. Get all of those dirty dishes loaded into the dishwasher and out of the sink. Not only does it create visual clutter but can also leave a lasting smell.
4. Clean bathrooms. Spray toilet bowl with cleaner and allow to sit while you clean the rest of the bathroom. Put away items that don’t belong from the counter. Clean mirror, counter, and exterior of the toilet before giving the interior a quick scrub and flushing the grime away. Again, only clean the bathrooms that guests might use.
5. Sweep/vacuum floors. You should always clean from the top down because everything from higher up will end up making its way down to the floor. So once you’re done cleaning everything else your final step is sweep and/or vacuum everything up. If you’re lucky enough to have a robotic vacuum then you could either skip this step or mop instead, but for the rest of us the floor is the final step in how to clean house in 30 minutes!
After learning How to Clean House in 30 Minutes, if you don’t want to rush or are going for a deeper clean, check out my FREE Daily/Weekly House Cleaning Printable to get you on track and organized!