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Are you looking around your house wondering how to get it “company ready” for the holidays with just days left until Thanksgiving? How about some speed cleaning tips to make your load a little lighter?
If you’re like me, you house is in need of major cleaning, but you also have a major time crunch to get it done. You may not have time to do a deep clean, but you can certainly make your home look and feel neat and tidy. Fortunately, there are a number of tips that can help reduce the mountain of chores lurking around the house.
Take a few minutes to try these out. You’ll have a home that will be in tip-top shape before you know it.
1. Make a cleaning caddy.
A well-stocked, portable cleaning caddy is the best way to keep make any cleaning job easier. This saves time by eliminating trips between rooms for necessary supplies. Clean Mama has suggestions for making your own.
2. Use a “clutter basket.”
Creative Home Keeper recommends using a laundry basket to gather all the clutter in your home into one place. Then, after it’s full, quickly return each item to its proper home (or, even better, toss it or donate it!).
3. Give your bathrooms a five-minute clean.
Living Well Spending Less shares a five-minute routine (yes, you read that right) for cleaning up the room most of us dread the most: the bathroom.
- Squirt toilet bowl cleaner around the rim; let sit.
- Use disinfectant wipes to quickly wipe down the sinks and countertop.
- Use toilet brush to quickly scrub toilet.
- Use disinfectant wipes to wipe down toilet seat and lid.
- Use Windex wipes to wipe any spots off mirrors and to shine faucets.
4. Give your sofa a once-over.
The sofa is the centerpiece of the living room or family room, which means it could probably use a little sprucing up. If you don’t have the time or money to get a deep clean, use a dust-buster or vacuum and some dish soap and water to pick up hair and crumbs and spot-clean any stains. And be sure to use this simple trick for removing pet hair using only rubber gloves.
5. Get the right tools for keeping your kitchen clean.
Keeping the kitchen clean before, during and after a big event can be one of the biggest challenges when hosting a holiday gathering. Rather than using a medley of rags, paper towels and disinfecting wipes, Clean and Scentsible recommends investing in Norwex cloths and micropads, which are antimicrobial and antibacterial, and will make cleaning a breeze.