Weeknight Speed Cleaning: 30 Minutes to a Cleaner Home


laundry pileSave the mopping, vacuuming, or other deep cleaning for the weekend (or every third weekend if you're like me). It's time to do a weeknight speed clean.

Here's how to make your home feel cleaner in just 30 minutes, which will open up more family time on the weekend.

Make your home cleaner in just 30 minutes with these weeknight speed cleaning tips (recommended 2-3 times a week)

30-Minute Weeknight Speed Cleaning

Kid Clutter (1 minute):

  • Start by supplying your kids with a bucket, basket, or other receptacle and give them 5 minutes to pick up as many toys outside their room(s) as possible (small rewards are helpful here). Toys can be organized and put away in their right spots on the weekend. (1 minute to get them started)

Laundry (3 minutes):

  • Grab enough laundry to get one significant load, preferably items you tend to run out of before the week's end, be that favorite jeans (darks) or socks and underwear (lights), etc. (1 minute)
  • Start your load. Getting a few loads of laundry done during the week will make all the difference for your family time on the weekend. And just getting that load started is key. (1 minute)
  • Set a timer. A large load in our washing machine takes about 45 minutes; your washer's cycle might be shorter/longer. (30 seconds)

Kitchen (7 minutes):

  • Clear out your sink by handwashing or loading your dishwasher. (4 minutes)
  • Wipe down all the surfaces, including your stove top (2 minutes).
  • Either do a quick sweep OR use a moist cloth (and a little soap or surface cleaner, if you like) to wipe up any obvious spills on the floor. (1 minute)

Main Bathroom (3 minutes):

  • Wipe down all surfaces with a moist cloth (and a little soap or surface cleaner, if you like). Start with the sink and faucet and move onto the counters, tub edge, back of toilet, and obvious floor scuffs or smudges. Finish by wiping down the toilet seat and inside rim. (3 minutes)

Master Bedroom (4 minutes):

  • Your bed was probably made earlier if you're a bedmaker and skip it if you're not. You're just going to get right back in, right?
  • Hang up or fold any clothing items and put them away. (2 minutes)
  • Clear off dresser surfaces and tidy bedside tables. (2 minutes)

Family Space (5 minutes):

  • Arrange the couch pillows in a neat row and fold throw blankets. (1 minute)
  • Clear off table surfaces and tidy your stacks of books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, video games, and toys that can stay out. (2 minutes)
  • Tackle obvious crumbs with a handheld vacuum. (2 minutes)
[15 Minute Break]
  • Use this 15-minute break for whatever you like until the load of laundry is ready to be moved to the dryer: Start dinner, check your child's homework progress, make a refreshing drink, check your email, put your potty-training toddler on the toilet, read the mail, pay a bill, smooch your spouse, whatever you like!

Laundry continued (1.5 minutes):

  • Switch your load of laundry to the dryer. (1 minute)
  • Set a timer again so you don't forget the clothes in the dryer. A large load in our machine takes about 1 hour; your dryer's cycle might be shorter/longer. (30 seconds)

[1 Hour Break]

  • Again, use this hour for whatever you need until the load of laundry is ready to be removed from the dryer.

Laundry continued (5.5 minutes):

  • Remove your laundry from the dryer. (30 seconds)
  • Fold or hang up all laundry and put it away (5 minutes)

Do you speed clean and sneak in a little laundry on busy weeknights? What speed chores are on your must-do list during the week?


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Bmat Bmat

These time estimates seem way low to me. 1 minute to sweep the kitchen floor? I don't think so. Perhaps some of the tasks can be done in the suggested time if the mom is hustling and has the supplies right in her hand. Having said this, I think the chart has great ideas on it and would be worth following even if it takes longer.

BJoan BJoan

This is MY LIFE! I love it....if you do this, you never really feel ovewhelmed, your home is always ready if someone stops by....and if something really fun comes up on the weekend you can go with peace of mind rather than a messy house to come home to. As for laundry, just throw a load in every day....I fold it in the laundry area and then put everything away about once a week. The key to keeping the kitchen under control is to start out the day with an empty dishwasher and just put in the dirty dishes as you go through the day!

carso... carsonsmom226

Wow, this is really helpful. I beat myself up constantly because I feel like I'm always cleaning when I get home from work then I look up and it is my kids bed time! I get so frustrated! I have actually been looking for ways to tone down the busy time. I think I will try this. I love the idea of giving the kids a bucket and telling them to pick up! Usually I'm constantly telling them to get up and keep moving ;)

angel... angelcat29

Well, I make my bed ad tdy my room when I getdressed. The bathrom got cleaed up when i had my showerand did my makeup. If I didn't do dishes bore bed, do that when I go get my coffee/get breakfast started. Everday has ti's own cleaning zone. For example, today is laundry day for towels nad bedding. I getthose n one laod. Thursdays I d lothes-on dark, one light. 3 loads total a week. (only works f you're a small family, lol|) Oh, and Iclean hte bathroom today. Shudl be easy, I use a daily shower sray, and clean up as needed during hte week.

Most evenings I clean up the living room, help my daughter tidy her room, and make sure all dishes are washed, etc. mostly lcean as I go when i do cooking or baking.

i have heath issues, so if I do any major cleaning, it takes a few days to recover. Keeping on top of it, and doing a bit at a time is key, for me.

dana63 dana63

I speed clean and see how much I can get done in a certain amount of time. I like these ideas!! Thanks!

kmrti... kmrtigger

I have been speed cleaning since I was a child at home. My mom taught me how to clean up fast.

blogg... blogginmomma

I speed clean all the time. It's the windows, base boards and mopping that fall behind a lot :(

lylab... lylaburns123

I try to stand by the 'clean as you go' standard. Although sometimes I get behind on house cleaning. It seems like whenever the house is dirty my kids tell me that their friends will be coming over for a slumber party in 30 minutes. I try to have a clean house before friends come over so when they leave it isn't a complete disaster! Thanks for the tips!

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