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How to Clean Your Home in 10 Minutes or Less

posted: 04/18/16
by: Mara Betsch
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There's barely enough time in the day to do the things you want to do, much less do the things you don't want to do -- like cleaning your home. And even though cleaning is a necessary evil, it doesn't have to take all day. In fact, in just 10 minutes, you can make your home look as clean as if you spent hours scrubbing and sanitizing.

Sure, this won't give your home the deep clean it sometimes needs, but it will make high-traffic areas look neat and organized to unknowing guests. Follow our 10-minute plan to create an instantly tidier space.

Pick up clutter

Grab a basket, bag, or shoebox and quickly pick up any knick-knacks, scattered papers, mail, and junk off flat surfaces and place it in the box (which you can hide in your room or in a nearby closet). The goal is to have clutter-free countertops, coffee tables, and side tables, which make your room appear pulled together.

Time spent: 1 minute

Lint roll your sofa (and carpet, too)

No time to vacuum? No problem! Just use a lint roller to very quickly get rid of pet hair, crumbs, and dirt from your sofa, chairs, and carpet. You won't have time to do the entire room, so spot-check the areas where your dog loves to nap or where the kids like to eat their snacks.

Time spent: 2 minutes

Close all closet doors and drawers

This simple tip makes your rooms look instantly neat. And don't forget the bathroom, too. Make sure the toilet seat is down, all cabinets are closed, and the shower door is shut.

Time spent: 30 seconds

Sock it to your room

Put a clean sock (the thicker, the better) on each of your hands, slightly wet the left one and keep the right one dry. Go through your main areas, picking up dust with your right hand and using your left sock to pick up any sticky spots on counters and tables. Throw them in the hamper as soon as you're done.

Time spent: 2 minutes

Put dirty dishes in your oven

This will definitely NOT work if you're hosting a dinner party, but if there are some dirty dishes in the sink, take a baking sheet, neatly stack your dirty dishes on it, and put it in the oven. Just don't forget to remove them before preheating it!

Time spent: 2 minutes

Sweep your entry area

Make a good first impression by making sure your entry way is dirt-free. Use an angled broom, like Libman's Precision Angle Broom, which is precisely cut to reach under cabinets and tight corners. It'll leave your hallway spotless, which your guests will remember when they enter.

Time spent: 1 minute

Wipe down the bathroom mirror

People may not notice a slightly grimy tub, but they'll definitely take note of your smudgy mirror when they're looking at the themselves in it. A little glass cleaner goes a long way -- and you can also quickly wipe down the sink while you're at it.

Time spent: 30 seconds

Turn on some lamps and light a scented candle

Mood lighting makes a difference! Turn on lamps in the evening or open the curtains during the day to let in natural light. It will make your home seem instantly cozier. The scented candle not only masks any odors, but it can also affect your guests' moods. For example, lavender scents have been known to have calming effects. Who wouldn't want that?

Time spent: 1 minute

Happy cleaning!