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Weeknight Speed Cleaning: 30 Minutes to a Cleaner Home

by Sheri Reed on March 1, 2010 at 7:00 AM

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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Comments

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  • Cafe...
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    Cafe Jenn

    March 1, 2010 at 10:06 AM

    I can't speed clean, if I go to the bathroom to speed clean I get stuck in there cleaning everything.  Same with the kitchen.  Of course if everything was clean to begin with and I did speed cleaning that would be helpful. 

    It just seems I can never catch up.  It's so sad.


  • Peajewel
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    Peajewel

    March 1, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    I am a speed cleaner too!  I do it several times a day though.  I think with toddlers in the house you have to speed clean!


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    ToddlerBrain82

    March 1, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    It's like FlyLady! I love it. Thanks for the tips :)


  • scien...
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    science_spot

    March 1, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    5 minutes to fold and put away laundry?  No Way!!!!  Even if I get help, this is a 10-15 minute job.


  • toria...
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    toriandgrace

    March 1, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    We don't have a dishwasher, so dishes take 20-30 minutes typically. I also think that folding and putting away clothes takes a lot longer than 5 minutes. I do speed clean though.


  • Cafe...
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    Cafe Sheri

    March 1, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    Just one load of laundry, ladies. Not ALL the laundry. The idea is that putting even a small dent in the weekend laundry pileup can make a big difference.


  • Momfo...
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    Momforhealth

    March 2, 2010 at 9:15 AM

    My laundry needs birth control.


  • Cafe...
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    Cafe Jenn

    March 2, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    Lol momofhealth, so does mine.  Thankfully my husband has been good about doing the laundry the last two weeks while I've not been feeling the best and working more.


  • Momof...
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    Momof3cuties

    March 2, 2010 at 10:53 PM

    This is what I do pretty much every day to maintain things here.  I work better with a time-frame.  I use the flylady system.  I do 30 minute cleanings...15 if that's all the time I have.  I love to see what I can accomplish in that time.  I belong to the Fluttering Flybabies group here on CM...we actually keep track of what we do in 30 minutes & it's awesome to see what each individual accomplishes!  I do at least a load a day to keep the laundry monster at bay!!!


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    marlarrie

    March 4, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Thanks for the tips!


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