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How to Do a Quick Clean in 30 Minutes per Day

Although you probably set aside big chunks of time to deep clean your home or hire someone to help you out with the heavy-hitting, what do you do along the way to keep your house presentable for unplanned drop-ins? This simple checklist will get you in and out in less than 30 minutes a day.

Living Room

2 Minutes: Since your sofa is likely the focus of the room, take two to straighten it out. Fluff the pillows and fold the throws.

1 Minute: Use a small handheld vacuum to pick up crumbs. Concentrate on surfaces that are located in plain sight: couch cushions, coffee table, and rugs in the middle of the room.

2 Minutes: Stack mail, books and magazines. Toss old newspapers and corral the remote controls into one place (a drawer, if possible).

5 Minutes: Clear out the clutter. Stash video games, pet accessories or toys that could be underfoot.


2 Minutes: Make your bed. Just pulling your comforter over messy sheets will turn a messy bedroom into a much neater space.

5 Minutes: Fold or hang clothes and put away jewelry.

30 Seconds: Straighten out the top of your nightstand. Take water glasses to the kitchen. Stow reading glasses in a drawer, and stack books and magazines.


5 Minutes: Clear out the sink and wipe it down. Don’t leave piles of dirty dishes in the sink. Instead, load them into the dishwasher and wipe down the sink with a clean sponge.

1 Minute: Wipe countertops and stove. Use a damp cloth or sponge to clean up splatters and spills.

2 Minutes: Wipe spots off of the floor. Quickly clean spills or sticky spots.

30 Minutes: Fold or hang dish towels.


30 Seconds: Wipe out the sink. You can either use a pre-moistened antiseptic cloth or a clean, damp sponge to swipe the sink bowl and faucet.

30 Seconds: Clean splatters off of household mirrors. Wipe the mirror with a moist microfiber cloth and then follow up with a fresh, dry microfiber cloth. You’ll be amazed by the results.

 30 Seconds: Spray the toilet seat, tank and rim with antibacterial cleanser and then wipe dry with a paper towel.

30 Seconds: Clean the toilet bowl with a brush. To rid the rim of rings, scrub with a toilet brush.

30 Seconds: Squeegee shower doors. Wipe glass doors to remove water droplets that lead to spotting. If you don’t have a squeegee on hand, use a microfiber cloth or a dry towel.

30 Seconds: Spray the shower and liner with a shower mist. A quick spray with a daily cleanser will reduce mildew and soap scum buildup.

1 Minute: Wipe tables and spot-clean cabinets. Use a microfiber cloth or a disposable cloth to pick up loose dust.

That’s all it takes to do a quick clean! Sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor. And when you’re ready for a deep clean, give us a call. My Cleaning Lady is a domestic referral agency.  The house cleaners we refer offer complete home cleaning services including thorough dusting at reasonable prices. My Cleaning Lady Referral Agency proudly serves Arcadia, Chino, Chino Hills, Duarte, Ontario, Pomona, LaVerne, Covina, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Montclair, Claremont, Phillips Ranch, Upland, West Covina, Glendora, San Dimas, and Sierra Madre. Visit call (909) 593-6690 for information or to arrange a free estimate.