How to Clean Your House Quickly When Company Is Coming

Do you have company coming over and your house is a mess? Take a deep breath, focus, and use these tips for how to clean your house quickly to get ready for your visitors.

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What spurred my sudden cleaning frenzy you ask? My daughter wanted to have a sleepover and although I had been trying to get some cleaning done this week, the house wasn’t near ready for three more girls.

Not to mention my daughter’s bedroom and you know what it’s like to try to get a tween to clean her bedroom.

Was I able to pull it off? Did I get our house cleaned up before the girls arrived?

I did! My daughter’s bedroom was even acceptable and she took care of it all by herself, mostly.

Tips to Clean Your House Quickly

Whether it’s a planned get-together or last-minute guests dropping by, you can get your house cleaned up quickly without being stressed.

Breathe, focus, and let’s do this!

There are three main steps to cleaning your house quickly.

  • Prioritize – What areas do you need to get cleaned up quickly?
  • Plan – Where will you start and what do you need to get the job done?
  • Divide and conquer – Do you need help to get it done?

1. Prioritize

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Determine what rooms in the house your guests will need to be in. Those are the rooms you need to focus on getting cleaned up.

You know they will be in your living area, kitchen, and might use your guest bath, but they probably won’t go into your bedroom or bathroom.

In my case the girls were also going to be in my daughter’s room, so that room was a priority too.

2. Plan

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Now that you know which rooms you’re going to focus on, it’s time to figure out what needs to be done in each room.

Clearing away clutter, cleaning surfaces, and sweeping are the main things you want to be able to do quickly.

3. Divide and Conquer

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Get help! You don’t have to do this all by yourself. Enlist the help of other’s that live in your house, especially if the event is for them.

Since it was my daughter’s sleepover, she knew she was going to have to clean up her room. My husband helped with the living room while I took care of the kitchen and bathroom.

My Method for Cleaning Your House Quickly

1. Do the dishes in the sink.

Load them into the dishwasher or do them by hand. Once they are all done, fill the sink with hot soapy water. Any dishes you find around the house, put in water so they can soak while you clean.

2. Make the beds.

For our house that’s only two beds and since the bed is a big part of the room, and the focus, getting it made instantly cleans up the bedrooms.

Also, I fold the blankets on the couch so it looks neater in the living room. I usually put them in our storage ottoman or lay them across the back of the couch once they are folded.

3. Take care of the tops.

It’s important to clear up the surfaces. So clean off and wipe down the kitchen counters, coffee table, dining table, and any other counters or tables in your home. I’ve noticed how quickly things look cleaner when all the surfaces are cleaned off.

4. Do a quick sweep-through of all your main areas.

Clean up any dishes, laundry, and trash. This will get things looking tidy very fast. It won’t take long but it will make a really big impact.

5. Put away things where they can’t be seen.

Put all laundry baskets in the laundry room. Put away any big toys in the bedroom. We also pick up any items on the floor and put them in a basket to be dealt with after guests leave.

Just don’t forget to go back and take care of them!

6. Clean up the floors.

The simple act of vacuuming all the carpets will really make your home look nicer. Especially if you have pets. We have cats and dogs so our carpet needs to be vacuumed all the time. I also sweep and mop the hard floors around the house.

Tips From Other Experts

I’m always looking for easier and quicker ways to clean up our house. I search the internet for answers just like you do.

Pinterest is my go to for all ideas for cleaning, decluttering and organizing. I found some really great tips from some other experts that I just had to share!

1. How to Fake a Clean House from Thrifty & Chic

Faking a clean house is easy with these great tips to clean your house quickly. You can get it done in 20 minutes or less!

2. How to Clean Your House Fast from The Happier Homemaker

Get the breakdown of how quickly you can clean each room in your home along with the tools to get it all done. You can do it under an hour!

3. The Lazy Girls Guide to a Clean House from Newly Woodwards

Get six tips for cleaning your home and keeping it that way in just a few minutes a day.

4. 30 Minutes to a Clean House from The Realistic Mama

You don’t always have a lot of time to clean, but you can get a house clean in 30 minutes. Check out these great tips for cleaning your house quickly

5. Speed Cleaning Tips from Premeditated Leftovers

Get your house clean and leave more time for fun with these 10 tips for speed cleaning your house. I’m definitely trying #2 on her list! Also, be sure to check out her 30 minute speed cleaning schedule.

Following these tips to clean your house quickly will help you get the job done, be less stressed while you’re doing it, and allow you to relax and enjoy your company.


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Anika Gandhi is on a mission to declutter and organize all the things around her and is here to inspire and encourage you to do the same!

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