How To Clean Your Home Quickly

Alex Mcil author
Alex Mcil

Is there a smart way to clean your home, and by smart, we mean quickly? 

Our home is our place of refuge and comfort, yet we hate cleaning it and wish it could stay clean and sanitary with little to no effort.

how to clean your home quickly

So, is there a way to minimize the amount of time cleaning, and more to the point, is there a routine, or a specific order in which you should clean the house?

Let’s take a look at these fast house cleaning tips:

“Firstly, I believe in having a systematic approach to cleaning. A strategic cleaning plan can cut your cleaning time in half if applied correctly. Secondly, using the right tools is vital. High quality, multi-purpose cleaning items not only do a better job, but also save time on switching between tools.”

Jasper Hudson, Professional Organizer

1. Removing Rubbish & Declutter

The key to cleaning your home successfully is to remove any overwhelm from your mind. Things that are laying around are getting in your way both physically and psychologically. By removing any rubbish or clutter right off the bat, you are literally building an open path to the things that need cleaning in your home.

Here we clarify what these items are that should be removed before any cleaning process takes place.

declutter and rubbish removal for house cleaning
  • Throw away empty bottles, cans, chip packets etc in the bin.
  • Remove shoes that are on the floor (put them in wardrobe).
  • Pick up clothes / towels laying on your bed, sofa or even the floor (hang them or throw them in the washing machine).
  • Place all plates, dishes and cups in the sink or dishwasher.
  • Empty all rubbish bins.

2. Batch Cleaning That Saves Time

Some chores require a little more elbow grease such as when cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms… this is where batch cleaning comes in handy and saves time.

You already have your cleaning tools and products out ready for bleaching, disinfecting and scrubbing. Rather than being lazy minded and clean one bathroom, think outside the box a little.

The tools and products are already out, so use them wisely. If you are applying disinfectant in your bathroom sinks, toilet and shower, then why not go into your other bathroom(s) and do the same? This will save your time as sometimes you need to allow disinfectant to settle for some time before wiping away. 


Likewise, there will be items and appliances in the kitchen that will need disinfecting, this will be the perfect time to get the job done. However, please use a different cloth from the bathroom when wiping down the kitchen.

3. Polish Surfaces Before Sweeping & Mopping The Floor

This one sounds counterintuitive. When it’s time to do the dusting / polishing of ornaments, cabinets and furniture, most think about the rule of working from the top downwards.

Polishing counter tops

I used to think polishing first and then sweep & mop… until my thinking was challenged by someone I knew.

“What do you think is going to happen if you’ve just polished your furniture only to start sweeping?”

Yup, that’s correct, all the dust will get thrown up in the air and stick to the surface you just polished. The solution is to switch off any ceiling fans that are running that can disturb air movement, and then sweep the floors first. After that, dust your furniture and then polish up.

Finally follow this by mopping your floor or using your hardwood floor machine if your goal is to have a spotless surface.

4. Rugs & Other Dust Collects

We’ve already discussed sweeping and/or mopping of floors. However, most homes in the US have rugs that are fixed in place and can occupy 75% of the flooring area.

If you’ve decluttered your home and removed anything that’s on the floor, simply fire up that vacuum cleaner and follow a linear pattern. Similar to mowing your lawn, you will see the lines that have been vacuumed indicating the areas that remain unvacuumed.

Do this in one go until you’ve covered the entire rugged area of your home… once you have the vacuum started, keep going until you are done so that you can then store it out of the way.

5. Cleaning Mirrors and Glass

Your home can be spotless, shiny and sparkly. You can even feel how clean it is through the air in the rooms. However, one thing that can spoil that are screeches on the windows and mirrors.

All that hard work can go to waste if you haven’t taken away the grime, grease and fingerprints on the glass that surrounds your home.
One environmental way to get spotless glass is to use vinegar that’s inexpensive and newspapers for the wiping.

The vinegar acidity will eat away at the grease while somehow the newspaper provides that spotless finish. I am not entirely sure if it’s because of the ink on the paper or because of the type of paper it is, but either way, the results are incredible.

Note: be sure to have your windows open for ventilations as not to stink your house out with the smell of vinegar (often comparable to smelly feet).

Final Cleaning Thoughts

This article is based on cleaning your home quickly and therefore deep cleaning recommendations are not included. This is on how to get your home looking good and fresh by focusing on the main elements without adding too much pressure on you.

If friends, family members or person is dropping by at short notice, the last thing you want to show them is your personal mess.

Many parts of the house will not be spotless, but rather giving the impression they are (at least enough to be inviting).

While your home is personal to you, it’s still important for it to be presentable to others. You’ll be surprised how often friends drop by, so hopefully these recommendations come in handy!

But remember, keeping your home clean is also good for peace of mind and a healthy environment to be in.

5 thoughts on “How To Clean Your Home Quickly”

  1. I remember when I first started providing professional cleaning services, I used to hate decluttering and removing rubbish the most. People don’t realize how much the clutter contributes to the mess in their home. Once you get in the habit of seeing and sorting clutter, you’ll find that the rest of the cleaning process becomes significantly easier and quicker.

  2. Like a well-laid-plan going into a meeting with time constraints, having a specific order and routine when cleaning your home can drastically cut down the time spent on those tasks and make the whole process more efficient.

  3. As a pro cleaner, I’ve found that investing in a high-quality vacuum cleaner can make your cleaning routine more efficient, it might be pricey at first, but it pays off in the long run!

  4. Although I can’t handle intense physical tasks as I used to, it hasn’t stopped me from keeping my home in tip-top condition. One thing I’ve found particularly useful is having dedicated storage for items frequently cluttering up the place. It saves cleanup time because everyone knows where things go. Also, regular dusting often goes overlooked but it can drastically reduce the amount of deep cleaning necessary later on!

  5. Just a little thought here; I swear by keeping a minimalistic house as it reduces clutter thus leading to less cleaning. I run my own cleaning business and always advise my clients on this principle. The lesser items you have, the lesser things you need to clean or collect dust on. This habit has significantly cut down on my cleaning time at home allowing more time for leisure activities.

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