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Whether you have guests coming over shortly or you just want to tidy up the house real quick so you can spend your weekend doing fun things, cleaning and organizing your home doesn’t have to be an all-day event. In fact, in this post, I’ll show you how to clean your home in one hour.
To do this, you need to get a system down (that way you can do this once a week like a boss).
First of all, it’s a whole lot easier to clean and organize your home when it’s not messy. So, if you have toys, dishes or trash all over your home, it’s going to take you more time to get your home cleaned. Try to keep your home tidy throughout the week to make your weekend cleaning easier.
Wash dishes as you make them (or load them in the dishwasher), throw your trash away, pick up your kid’s toys at the end of each day, etc.
Okay, so let’s get back to cleaning your home in one hour.
Here are some basic supplies you might want to consider using:
- Microfiber cloths
- All-purpose cleaner
- Bathroom cleaner
- Rubber gloves
- Toilet brush
- Disinfecting wipes
- Dust mop
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- Extendable duster
- Dishwashing soap
Homemade Cleaning Products
Here’s a great recipe I found (and use) for making your own homemade all-purpose cleaning products.
1/2 cup of white vinegar
2 Tbsp of baking soda
10 drops of lemon, lavender or tea tree essential oil (I’d think the lemon would be the most disinfectant)
Combine the essential oils, vinegar and a little bit of water and mix them up in a spray bottle. Then, add the baking soda and fill the bottle up with water. Shake the bottle gently to mix up the ingredients. You now have your own homemade spray cleaner.
If you don’t want to make your own natural cleaning products, here are some suggestions for chemical-free cleaning products.
Okay, so let’s begin. Set a timer and throw on some music.
You’ll need a caddy to carry your supplies around with you from room to room. You can buy a supply caddy or simply use a laundry basket or bucket. Here are some caddys you can choose from if you want to buy one.
You’ll also want to take along a trash bag and laundry basket as you go from room to room. You can quickly go through each room and pick up items that don’t belong in that room and put it in your laundry basket. If you see any trash, throw it in the trash bag. Just go around quickly and straighten up each room.
You’ll also want to take a laundry basket and a trash bag and go through each room in your home. Quickly straighten, pick up, and put away everything that’s out of place. Put all trash in the trash bag and put everything that doesn’t go in that room in the laundry bask
Start From the Top
As you go through each room, start cleaning from the top and work your way down so dust and dirt will fall from the higher surfaces onto the lower ones that you still need to clean. Start with dusting any ceiling fans with a duster and then wipe the dirt and dust off the furniture. Your last step for each room is to clean the floors.
If you have a second upper floor, start there and work your way down to the first floor.
Take the dirty bedding and sheets off the bed and put them in the hamper. Empty the trash in your trash bag. Use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe the surface of the furniture in the room. Pick up lamps and knickknacks and dust under them.
Start at one corner of the room and vacuum the carpet as you back up, moving towards the door. One through vacuuming should do the trick; you don’t need to vacuum the carpet over and over.
Make the bed with fresh sheets and bedding.
Spray down the sink, toilet and tub with a bathroom cleaner. Add some cleaner inside your toilet and give it a quick scrub. Wipe the cleaner off the sink, tub and toilet. I like to clean my toilet first because I’m using the sink to rinse out my sponge or cloth and soiling up the sink. So, I’ll clean my sink last to make sure it’s clean.
Clean the mirror with glass cleaner.
Sweep the floor. You’ll mop it after you mop the kitchen floor so you can tackle the mopping task all at once.
Dust all the furniture in the living room and dining room, including the TV. Use your homemade cleaner or an all-purpose cleaner to wipe down the surfaces of your furniture and television. You can even use a coat of polish.
Now vacuum both the living room and dining room carpet. Dust mop & clean any hardwood floors.
Get in the habit of washing your dishes as you make them or loading them in the dishwasher so you don’t have a pile of dishes sitting in your sink. This makes cleaning the kitchen so much easier.
Spray and wipe down the kitchen counters and appliances with the all-purpose cleaner. Throw out any old sponges and put a new one out.
If you do have dishes, fill up the sink with warm soapy water and let them soak or load the dishwasher. Soaking your dishes first will make them easier to clean. Let them soak while you continue on with the rest of the house.
Sweep the floor, moving large items out of the way like the trashcan and chairs. Give the floor a good mop and head back to the bathroom to mop that floor. If you have any other floors with no carpet, give them a quick sweep & mop.
Now go do your dishes and you’re done!
Here’s a free Cleaning Checklist Printable that can help ensure you clean all the rooms thoroughly while you’re cleaning and organizing your home. Just click on the image to download it free.
If this post helped you, I’d be very happy if you’d share it with others. 🙂
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