Speed Cleaning: Tidy Up in 20 Minutes

Whether you need to prep for last-minute guests or you're short on time and want a cleaner, calmer environment to welcome you home, follow our plan to get you there in no time at all.

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March 26, 2019
By: Chelsey Bowen
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Stash Clutter

Before you get started on each room, grab your laundry basket. If you don't have time to do major de-cluttering, don't throw it all in a closet where it'll pile up and be forgotten. Toss clutter in your laundry basket. When you go to do laundry, make yourself put everything in its proper place.


Walking into a home that gives a fresh first impression is relaxing for you and for your guests. Shake off your doormats. Sweep your porch and foyer. Put backpacks, purses, jackets and shoes where they belong.


No one feels happy in a grimy bathroom. A quick wipe down will make a world of difference. Pour toilet cleaner in the bowl and let that sit while you clean the outer surface and the sink. Spritz glass cleaner on your mirror and wipe down with a paper towel. Go back to swish out the toilet bowl and empty the trash. Set out a new hand towel, and make sure there's plenty of soap.


Our retreat at the end of the day should feel like, well, a retreat. Strip your sheets and remake the bed with clean linens for the ultimate refresh, but at the very least, make your bed. Clear any clutter that's been accumulating so you can go to bed in an orderly space, and run a microfiber cloth over furniture and tabletops to get rid of any dust.


Dirty dishes go in the dishwasher or hand wash them. Clear your counters — put cups back in cabinets, cereal boxes back in the pantry and cookbooks back on the shelf — and then wipe them down with antibacterial wipes or spray. Replenish the soap, and set out fresh hand towels. Empty the trash.

Living Room

Fortunately, living rooms don't tend to be too dirty, but we do like to pile all our stuff in there. Quickly clear out all the odds and ends to instantly make the living room feel neater. Dust the furniture and TV. Fluff up sofa and chair pillows and fold any throw blankets.


Leave floors until the end and do them all at once. Vacuum your carpeted areas, and then either sweep or vacuum your hard floors. If you vacuum, use the attachments to get to all those corners and crevices where dirt likes to collect. Have a few extra minutes? Go ahead and use a steam mop or spray hardwood floor cleaner for a fast mop job.

The Kiddo and Fur Kids Chaos

Kids and pets come with an extra layer of clutter. Have a designated basket for each, where you can stow all their toys that are lying around. When you have more time, do a deep dive and put everything back where it belongs. But let's be honest, they're going to pull it all out before you get to that anyway.

Pure Scent

Freshen up the whole house with a refreshing smell. Light a candle or refill your essential oil diffuser. Now, get ready to greet guests or sit down to Netflix and chill.

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