I don’t know about you, but most weekends my cleaning goal isn’t to make my house spotless from top to bottom. Most of the time, my goal is to make it passably clean and prevent future messiness.
If this also sounds like your cleaning mentality, you’re at the right blog post. In this post, I’m going to cover a basic cleaning strategy that can make your house decently clean in less than 20 minutes. It’s all about using your time efficiently.
Side note: This is a one-woman schedule, but if you’ve got a partner or roommate, bonus! Now you’ve got somebody to help you which means your time might get cut even shorter. Score!
Minutes 0-5: The bathrooms
Get the worst out of the way and clean your bathrooms the speedy way. Start by using the toilet bowl cleaner, and while the cleaner is setting in, wipe down the seat and the sink. Use your shower cleaner by quickly spraying the spout, handles, showerhead, and any nooks and crannies that need some love. Then, turn your shower on hot with the curtain closed to let the cleaner work its magic. During this time, finish scrubbing the toilet and bag up the trash and leave it near your front door.
Minutes 5-7: Put away random crap
For two minutes, wander your place and put away anything that is on the floor and shouldn’t be, or is lying around. The key here is to focus on the small stuff that you instantly know where it belongs. If you’ve got a bigger mess, of course, it’s going to take longer than two minutes.
Minutes 7-15: The kitchen
Keep in mind, we’re not going for perfection here. My usual strategy is to put away clean dishes and fill the dishwasher with the dirty ones, then wipe down all the counters and the stovetop with cleaning wipes. (You might have to use a sponge for the especially grimy bits.) Bag up the trash and leave it near the front door. If you find yourself with a spare minute or two, sweep the floor.
Minutes 15-18: Change your sheets
This is pretty self-explanatory, so I’ll leave it at that.
Minutes 18-20: Throw out the trash
Collect the trash bags that you left near the front door and go through them in the dumpster or wherever your collection is.
If you have time leftover or you want to make your place even cleaner, take an additional 10 minutes to vacuum the most frequently occupied rooms in the house, such as the living room and the bedrooms.
Did you try my cleaning strategy? If so, let me know how it went. Or, let me know if you have any neat cleaning tips you’d like to share.