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January 15, 2024

Clean Your Home Quickly in 5 Simple Steps

Women cleaning things up and putting them in a bin.

When you are pressed for time but your space feels overwhelming, the last thing you will do is stop and pull out the label maker. While organizing your space can stay on your to-do list, you need a solution now. Here are our top 5 tips to clean your home quickly and get back to the things you want to do!

1) Use the Focus 15 method

Set a Timer for 15 minutes to focus on completing one task within that timeframe. You need to limit distractions and get to work to make a dent in the clutter. Don’t have 15 minutes? This method can be pared down to smaller chunks of time. Just ensure you are realistic with what you can accomplish in that timeframe.

2) Start with the trash.

2. Start with trash. Image shows a woman filling a trash bag with water bottles.

You have your timer set but the room is overwhelming and you may not know where to start. An easy first step is to get all the trash lying around. Receipts, coupons, junk mail, and kids’ artwork (the less sentimental stuff) are guilty of cluttering up living spaces. It is the same concept as writers or artists staring at a blank page. You just need to start somewhere. Trash cleanup gets the ball rolling while visually removing clutter quickly.

3) Use a cleanup bin.

3. Use a Clean Up Bin. Image shows various baskets that can be used as clean up bins for fast pickups or for longterm storage.

If time is of the essence, we need to clear the space of everything that does not belong quickly. There are a couple of ways to do this approach. You can pile all items that belong in other places into a single basket or bin. From there, you can take the basket and put things away from room to room. You can also have multiple bins to sort as you go (e.g.- upstairs, garage, office, etc.). A cleanup bin is helpful for quick cleanups and to fill at the end of each day.

4) Clean your home by categorizing.

4. Clean your home by categorizing. shows gym equipment on a shelves grouped by item, use, and size.

At this point, you’re likely to be left with the things in your space that you don’t have a place for or maybe not a good place for (which is why it’s out in the first place). When you’re working within a time crunch, categorizing can help you put items away quickly and find items later. Examples you can use to categorize are:

-Combining items with the same use (cleaning, crafts, books, etc.)

-Group colors (especially helpful if you’re a visual person)

-Group by item size

5) Have a donate bin at all times.

5. Have a donate bin at all times. Clean your home by utilizing a donate bin at all times. Image shows a cloth bin intended for donated items.

Speaking of bins, using a donate bin while doing a quick cleanup helps you make snap decisions on things that stay or go. If an item does not have a place, you can either find a permanent home for it, or in the bin it goes. As a bonus, keeping a donate bin easily accessible can help keep down clutter before it starts. If you can clean your home faster in the future, it’s a win-win!

Bonus: Don’t put down, put away.

Bonus. Image shows shelves with knickknacks and books to illustrate how to clean your home using the mantra, "Don't put down. Put away".

Having a clean house while always on the go is never easy. So create habits that get you closer to your goal. Another way to cut down on cleaning time is to do small portions throughout the day. If you’re walking into another room, grab something that belongs there. Even small steps still point you in the right direction!

Nothing drains you faster than coming home to chores you can’t seem to get to. When the day always seems to be flying by, these tips can help you clean your home in no time at all!

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