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How to Clean Your House in 30 Minutes

May 2nd, 2013 Bed and Bath

What do you do when your in-laws call and announce that they're a mere 30 minutes away, and your house is a total mess? Some of the best cleaning is done quickly, when we focus on the end goal and, simply, make it happen. Are you ready to do the fastest clean-up of your life? Ok. Let's go.

1. Bathroom - 5 minutes
Put away anything on the counter into its proper drawer. When the counter is clear, wipe it down with a cleaning spray or wet towel. Do the same for any other available surfaces, placing small items into their respective places as you go. If there are dirty towels or clothes lying around, throw them into the laundry hamper. Better Home and Gardens recommends that if you have a shower curtain, you pull it back to reveal any hidden mess. Use cleaning solution on a wet sponge or wiper and give the toilet and the surrounding tile a quick wipe-down. If there's anything that doesn't belong in the bathroom, put it in a central location outside the room for later organizing. When you're done, wash your hands with soap and warm water.

2. Bedroom - 5 minutes
Start by clearing off surfaces and organizing items as you go into piles that, at the end, you can quickly place into drawers, cabinets or other storage spaces.Hack College also notes that if you have empty dishes or other kitchen items around, remove them and place them in the sink. As you go, put trash into the receptacle. Make your bed to give yourself a place to stack any clothes you may find during your clean-up, and then vacuum or wipe the floor of any debris. If you've found any clean clothes ready to store, do so. Once you have completed all of this, your room should be a veritable palace of cleanliness.

3. Living space - 5 minutes
Your living room should always be one of the cleanest rooms in your house. While you may spend much of your time "living" there, avoid creating a backlog of things you'll just have to pick up later. Do it now and save yourself the hassle.

Straighten books on shelves and toss any excess clutter found on countertops or side tables. Put all small items in their proper place and sort your reading materials and games into neat piles for storage. Dust the shelves and countertops once they are free of clutter. Afterward, take out the trash.

4. Kitchen - 10 minutes
Your kitchen is likely to have numerous food crumbs, dirty dishes and other cleanliness hazards, so you may want to spend some extra time here ensuring it doesn't become a haven for neighborhood rodents and insects.

Better Homes and Gardens suggests starting with the pantry. Find a simple system that works for you by keeping all similar items in the same general areas. Gather cans, cooking oils and boxed foods and give them distinct spaces for easy access. To do this, you will first have to remove everything from your pantry, so that you can put it back in "the right order." You may find moth eggs or other insect remnants, in which case you will have to clean these before putting back your pantry items.

Final touches- 5 minutes
Review your space and remove any and all trash. Check your closets and see that they are in order, and visit every space to see if there's something you may have forgotten to take care of. If you want to spend your final minutes organizing your file cabinets or pencil cases, great. Help your living space be the best it can be, and it will return the favor.