Speed Cleaning During the Holidays

As promised, I’ve got the list for speed cleaning during the holidays.  There’s nothing better than having a clean home, especially when you come home for the holidays.  I usually try to clean right before we go out of town.  It never fails, our house gets so messy when we come home from a weekend away with unpacking the car and all.  So, it helps to have an already clean house.  7 Day (4)

When it comes to speed cleaning for me, I literally put on a timer.  So, instead of taking an hour to clean, I only take 20 minutes, like I’m supposed to.

Speed Cleaning List:

  • De-Clutter
  • Start at the same end of the house every time you clean (I usually start at bedrooms and end with kitchen)
  • On the days you need to sweep, mop, or vacuum, save it until the end, then do it all at once (I end up cleaning everything off and dusting before I do any vacuuming or sweeping/mopping).
  • Keep daily shower cleaner in the bath/shower and spray down after each use.


Give yourself an allotted amount of time for each room so you don’t get distracted or take too long in one room.

Bedroom(s) 5 minutes each, depending on how much to pick up:

  • Always make the bed.  Even if there are other things laying around, the room will look much, much cleaner.
  • Quickly pick up any clothes or toys that are lying around.
  • Use a duster to quickly dust the surfaces that really need it (bedroom nightstands and dressers, tv entertainment center).

Bathroom(s) (5 minutes each):

  • Squirt toilet bowl cleaner around the rim; let sit.
  • Use disinfectant wipes to quickly wipe down the sinks & countertop (I use these wipes ALL the time).
  • Use toilet brush to quickly scrub toilet.
  • Use disinfectant wipes to wipe down toilet seat & lid.
  • Use Windex wipes to wipe any spots off mirrors & to shine faucets.

Living Room/Dining/Home Office Areas (5-10 minutes):

  • Quickly pick up any shoes, toys, or other items & place in basket.
  • Use duster to quickly dust surfaces.
  • Tidy desk area, throw out junk mail.

Kitchen (5-10 minutes, depending on how many dishes):

  • Quickly pick up any items that don’t belong in kitchen and place them in basket(s).  Gather any dirty dishes and put them next to sink.
  • Quickly unload (if necessary) then load diswasher.
  • Hand wash dishes/pots/pans as needed
  • Wipe down counters & stovetop.
  • It’s amazing how clean your kitchen will look with no clutter or dishes on the counter and a clean sink and stove top.

Finishing Up:

  • Use a dry mop to clean hard floors.  Spot clean with a sponge if necessary.
  • Vacuum rugs/carpet, especially around Christmas tree (if using live tree)
  • Clean glass surfaces & mirrors as needed with Windex wipes.
  • Dump collected items in your secret garage box until further notice.
  • Turn on your Christmas tree lights and light a scented candle and relax, you’re done cleaning!

Did I forget anything?  Do you have some great tips on speed cleaning?  Let me know if you do!

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