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the best way to Clean Your House Fast – 4 great hacks

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If you love the feel of a freshly clean house, but wish that it didn’t take half as long as it does to clean it, you need to read these four simple cleaning hacks to help you clean your house fast!

Different cleaning schedules for different needs

I have created a realistic cleaning schedule that actually works really well for my family and me.

But sometimes life just comes on top and this is when these speedy cleaning hacks come in super useful.

I gathered the intel on the hacks after a particularly messy half-term holiday, where the house got trashed, when I was in desperate need of quick cleaning solutions… so I turned to the professionals.

Yes, these tips are from professional cleaners who clear up after major parties and events.

I tried the hacks out this weekend and wow…

they actually work!

Like so many cleaning hacks, they are just common sense, but it turns out you really can clean your house fast, even when it’s been totally trashed.

How to clean your house fast!

Follow these four simple hacks and you will find your house organised, clean and tidy faster than ever before.

1. Inch by inch

A Clean House

You will need four things for this stage.

  • Binbag…
  • Bag for recycling…
  • Bucket for stuff that belongs in the kitchen…
  • Big laundry bag for all the stuff that belongs somewhere other than the room it is in.

Right, you’re ready!

Start by standing in one corner of your most public room and totally clear the square foot immediately around you.

You’re not allowed to move on until everything in your immediate reach – that isn’t meant to be there – has gone into one of the bags or the bucket.

You’re not even allowed to put anything away in the room for now.

If you’ve got time, you repeat the process inch by inch clear for each room you’ve got time to do.

2. Sort first

A Clean House

Take the bucket to the kitchen and sort everything that’s in it into piles ready to be put away.

When the contents of the bucket are sorted, make one trip to each cupboard – or the dishwasher – to put everything away.


Divide everything in your ‘sorting’ bag in into a pile for each room.

When you’ve totally sorted the bag, take each pile to the room it belongs in.

But you’re still not allowed to put anything away!

Sort each room’s pile by the cupboard, drawer, shelf it belongs in.

Then make one trip to each cupboard, shelf, drawer… to put stuff away.

More: An Easy Cleaning Routine

3. Keep your feet stuck to the floor!

A Clean House

I found it very hard to stop myself running around from one random pile of mess to another.

Plus I also found it hard to stop myself running from one room to another.

I literally had to stick my feet to the floor!

But I couldn’t believe how quickly I could clear a room if I stood still and did it inch by inch

I love the fact that you can get the whole house looking presentable in such a short space of time.

Plus, if you’re really short of time, you can just stash the bucket and ‘sorting’ bag away – where no one can see it – to be sorted later 🙂

4. Now clean your house fast!

A Clean House

Now you’ve got rid of all the mess everywhere and can actually – shock horror! – see the floor again, you can actually get on with the job at hand to clean your house fast.

Armed with nothing more than the vacuum cleaner, my brilliant microfibre duster (I can’t recommend these enough!) and a damp microfibre cloth (for any random yucky marks)…

I can whizz around cleaning the house in no time.

Dyson DC28C Cylinder Ball Vacuum Cleaner with Pet Tool

 Take a look at my post on household grocery essentials for a master list of all the household products you need to buy on a regular or monthly basis to clean, do the laundry and manage the housework for your home. There’s a free printable master list for household essentials and also a free household grocery list template to print out and use for your weekly or monthly grocery shop.

sandi from Canada

Monday 16th of November 2015

I have some additional suggestions: Start at the far diagonal corner of the door in which room you enter to do all of this picking up and go top to bottom. Ceiling to floor at the far corner of the room. Secondly, each person above the age of two should have a job to keep the house clean, keep it tidy and clean up after themselves. It should not become a trash or bomb site for the adults to clean. Teach and show children how to clean and cook. You are doing them a favour! Thirdly- Do a spot clean, minor clean every couple of days and a major cleanup biweekly. Regards from Ontario

Carole Ingram

Wednesday 4th of November 2015

You could get Dollar Store baskets that "stack" and fill a basket for each child that you have (of their stuff), DELEGATE their filled basket to them to put up, no need to do everything for them, they need to learn responsibilities and respect mommy's time and hard work. :) Chores should be shared amongst all family members - there's still a ton that mommy does but every little bit that is delegated helps to make more time to clean more of the house! :)

Sue swales

Sunday 17th of January 2021

I agree with the comment that each child should take responsibility for their own room and belongings. How else do they learn to take care of themselves and the things that they own. When you live together I believe that teamwork is always the best way to keep the home in good shape. I can’t stand when someone says “ I washed the pots for you or I vacuumed for you”, I am not the only one who walks on the carpet.


Wednesday 11th of November 2015

You're so right about delegation Carole and sharing chores - we are slowly getting better as a family at not leaving things around so they don't even need to go in the tidy basket :-)


Wednesday 21st of October 2015

These are awesome tips but please...its non stop not none! Such a great article deserves great spelling and grammar!!!!

German Zollinger

Wednesday 6th of November 2013

Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips! They would surely help a lot of people out there trying to organize a general cleaning project in their house. Cleaning your house doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to be finished in one day. Doing it one area at a time is advised so you can focus on the task currently at hand.

German Zollinger @ Total Clean Equip

Marivel Danz

Monday 7th of October 2013

It really comes down to focus and moderation, which let you see the big picture and make you spot which areas to work on. But sometimes, it's a big house, and it's quite an area that you will need to work on and cover. It may need more than one set of hands to do so, and this is when you will need backup.

Marivel @ Service Master CLR