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You don’t always have time for deep cleaning – sometimes all you have is 10 minutes. Here are our BEST tips for a quick and efficient 10 minute tidy up that will have your house looking tidier FAST.
How to Clean Room Faster
We have all been there.
You get a call or a text message from a neighbor or family member asking if they can stop by in a few minutes. You either look around your house, notice how sparklingly clean it is and pat yourself on the back. Visitors stopping by? No problem.
Or, more likely than not, you look around your house in a panic and wonder how you can quickly make it look more presentable. Am I right?
Over the years I have discovered a few tips and tricks to easily make your home look clean and sparkling in a jiffy. Especially for those unexpected guests.
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I would like to share my top five house cleaning chores that are really quite simple that can be done quickly to help beautify your home.
Are you ready? You have ten minutes to clean up. Turn on your favorite Pandora station, tell Alexa to set a timer for 10 minutes, and GO!
How to Tidy a House Quickly
Nothing says “clean” better than a dust-free bookshelf or side table.
Someone may not notice that thin layer of dust accumulating on your entryway table, but I bet they will notice if it is shiny and clean.
Quickly hit the spots in your living space where you may have dust.
It really won’t take long. I would recommend using a product to help ensure you get everything.
I love using a multi-surface dusting spray. You just spray a thin layer on a surface and wipe clean with a dust rag.
It always leaves my surfaces clean and dust-free. You will never go back to just using a damp rag once you’ve tried it.
I have heard AMAZING things about these types of cloths for all types of cleaning and dusting – so that’s another option!
Empty the trash cans
I don’t know about anyone else, but having an empty trash can, especially if it is not hidden behind a pantry door or under a sink, just makes everything look more put together.
Grab the trash cans that are most visible to others, empty their bags and refill with an empty one. Trust me on this one, and try it out.
See how much better your space looks with an empty trash can.
If you get one of these bad boys, it makes clean up even faster!
Fluff Those Pillows
Make sure the cushions are tucked and straightened into the couch.
Take the blanket and fold it nicely, and place it over the back of the couch or in a basket.
Your room will instantly look more pulled together and not look as if someone was just asleep on the couch.
For some, vacuuming may seem like a daunting task that takes a lot of time. If you are having guests over, focus on the room you will be entertaining others in first, but if you are cleaning up for your own sanity go ahead and do all the rooms at one time.
Who doesn’t love the look of fresh vacuum lines?
Even if you have to vacuum around toys or chairs, if there are vacuum lines, it will give the illusion that your home is clean and tidy.
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Okay, this one might seem overwhelming if you have toys strewn about, or laundry piles everywhere.
A tip I love is to keep an empty laundry basket in a hall closet or wherever you have room.
Quickly grab the laundry basket and toss whatever you can into it. This is not to be used as a long-term storing space for these items, but rather a quick fix for when you’re in a pinch and need thing picked up.
When you have more time later in the day, you can carry the laundry basket throughout the house and put items away where they belong. It makes it so much easier to do!
Hopefully, when our friends or family stop by, they will understand that our homes are lived in and they don’t look presentable all the time.
Most people won’t judge us for a sink full of dishes or a kitchen table that may still have cereal bowls from breakfast on it.
I hope these easy tips might help the person who has a few minutes to spare before guests stop by, or for someone who is short on time during the day but wants to get a few chores done.
Again, don’t forget to check out the Organized Home course – it really will help your home feel a little more manageable – especially when those unexpected guests come around. It’s pretty affordable – especially when you use the code CLARKS to get 10% off.
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originally written in 2016; updated in 2019.
Cindy Maudsley lives in Utah with her husband and five children. Aside from writing, her passions include her family, faith, and spreading infertility awareness. She also loves a good book or podcast, true crime documentaries , Netflix binge, diet Coke and Target run