5 Tips for Cleaning Your House in 15 Minutes Flat

5 Tips for Cleaning Your House in 15 Minutes Flat

No need to make a day out of cleaning your house. Get it sparkling with these quick tips.


By: Nicole Fabian-Weber

"I love cleaning my house!" said no one ever. Let's face it: Picking up the house is one of life's necessary evils. (Unless, of course, you like living in squalor.) Here's the thing, though. Getting a clean house doesn't have to be an all day affair. In fact, you can get your home looking spiffy in around 15 minutes flat. (You: No way. Me: Yes way!)

Whether you're having last-minute guests or just feel better vegging out on the couch in a neat and tidy house, here are five tips for a 15-minute house cleaning. For real.

1. Declutter. Assuming you have places for everything, the first order of business is to put these items in their (hopefully easily accessible) rightful spots. In my home, we have two big baskets for my daughter's toys (and one small one for our dog's), so picking up all the random things that have made their way to the floor, sofa, and coffee table is a cinch. When you're looking to do a quick cleanup, not having to worry about organization is key. Being able to throw things in a big bin or basket is a lifesaver.

2. Wipe surfaces. There's no need to break out the bleach and deep-cleaning brushes for a quick cleanup, but if you're looking to have a clean(-looking) house, you want to have shiny (or at least crumb-free) surfaces. Grab a paper towel, your favorite cleaner, and do a quick lap around your house de-gunking surfaces. Trust me, it goes a long way.

3. Clear out the entryway. This one is mainly for if you have a last-minute guest. It's nice for people to walk into your home and have it be, you know, free of 9,000 pairs of shoes, keys, and jackets. Throw everything in a hall closet if you have one, and if not, hang coats on hooks and line up shoes so they're not in one big heap.

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4. Have a designated space for mail. Mail is kind of the worst. It's not like a majority of us are walking in from our mailboxes each afternoon with a pile of handwritten letters and care packages. Bills, fliers, things addressed to previous owners -- that's what most of our mailboxes contain. And, if your family is anything like mine, most of this nonsense winds up on your counter, where you periodically move it from one spot to another. Designate a drawer or buy a hanging folder and automatically store all mail there. Getting rid of piles of circulars and coupons you're never going to use can instantly make a space look neater. Even better, go through your mail right over the recycle bin, to avoid some of the piles to begin with.

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5. Tackle your dishes. Nothing can make a clean house look dirty (or an OCD person twitchy) quite like a sink full of dirty dishes. If you have a dishwasher, fantastic! Throw 'em all in there. If not, clean what you can, and at the very least, let the rest soak. Hot, soapy water looks much better than crusty pots and pans, if you ask me.

What quick clean-up tips do you have?


Nicole Fabian-Weber is the mama to a sweet toddler girl and an equally sweet baby boy. She lives outside of NYC and writes for The Stir and numerous other online publications.

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