15 Minute House Cleaning Strategy

15 Minute House Cleaning Strategy

Your dinner guests are arriving in 15 minutes and your house is not exactly the epitome of cleanliness. Don't panic! Here are a few tips and strategies for cleaning your house in 15 minutes—or at least giving the appearance of having a spotless domicile. 

A lot can get done in a few short minutes if you're smart with your time and strategic with your cleaning choices. You don't have time to engage in serious cleaning with your full collection of cleaning equipment and products. This is not necessarily the time to thoroughly clean the microwave or the dishwasher, even though those tasks need to get done at some point.

Think about strategy

Spend 30 seconds thinking about your strategy: You might even grab a notepad and jot down a brief checklist. The key is to keep moving so that you do not get bogged down with one particular task. It is better to hit several areas for a brief time than to spend all 15 minutes on one job. Think big picture and cover all the areas that are important.

Focus on specific rooms

When people come over, your time together may be limited to particular spaces. This typically includes the kitchen, 1 bathroom, and a gathering space, such as a den or dining room. Concentrate on these spaces as most guests don't wander to other rooms or open closets. If you want to prioritize, spend an extra minute or 2 in the bathroom, as a dirty bathroom can be especially obvious to a guest.

Hit the big spaces

If you are going to clean anything, you may want to clean the floors in common spaces. Sweeping up the kitchen and vacuuming the den may only take a couple of minutes, and it can make a big difference in terms of perception and overall appearance. If anything, the tracks left on a freshly vacuumed carpet may give guests the general appearance of more concentrated cleaning. In the event that you do not have time to get out this type of equipment, at least spend a minute looking around common areas and picking up noticeable pieces of trash and junk.

Stash away clutter

A house can accumulate a level of clutter. Focus on "picking up." Ideally you would put everything in its proper place, but with the clock ticking it may be best to:

Grab a laundry basket and/or unused tote bags and go through the house and collect everything that is not intended for that space.

Remember, there is no time for deep cleaning, and you still need to leave yourself some time to get ready. Use your best judgment to sacrifice cleaning where you can.


  • Toss a lemon peel into the garbage disposal and run it.

  • Clear clutter off the kitchen table and counter tops-put papers into bags, items into cupboards.

  • Wipe down counters and the table with disinfectant wipes.


  • Use a toilet scrubber or wand with a disposable cleaning head to scrub the bowl clean of stains and smells.

  • Clean the toilet seat (surface and underside) with organic all purpose cleaner and quickly towel it dry.

  • Wipe the mirror clean using a lint-free cloth and organic glass cleaner.

  • Wipe down the sink, the sink basin and faucet with disinfectant wipes and paper towels.

  • Close your shower curtain.

  • Tip: If you have extra time, mop or dust the floor to clear it of hair and other debris. Otherwise, throw down a fresh bathroom mat to cover up what you missed.

Dining room

  • Clear accumulated papers and books and junk off of the dining room table.

  • Dust the dining table surface with dust cloths or lay a tablecloth over it.

  • Run a floor duster/mop (with disposable pads) quickly across the floor.

Sitting room

  • Clear clutter into bins or bags and hide out of sight (closets or a closed off room).

  • Vacuum the carpet or dust/mop the floor with a disposable cloth system.

Common areas

  • Walk through your home spraying air freshener in each of the areas where your guests will spend time.

  • Diffuse some fresh essential oils in the foyer or sitting room.

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