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How to speed clean your whole house in an hour

Because no one wants to spend the whole weekend cleaning.

Let’s face it, we are all busy. Life is full on and between work, children, exercising and socialising there might not be a huge amount of time left over for house work.

And if you are time poor, then you probably don’t want to spend the whole weekend cleaning.

So what if you could speed clean your entire house in an hour?

Cleaning expert Kat Springer, from the Organised Housewife, says it's possible.

“Speed cleaning is all about what you can see at a glance,” she says.

“So forget lifting the couch cushions and vacuuming underneath, or scrubbing the oven, focus on the areas that you can easily see and touch.”

Here are some of her top tips:

Get in the mood
Kat suggests you start by cranking the stereo and blasting your favourite music. She says skipping along to the beat of the music will help you work faster.

Dressing for the occasion can also 'trick' your body into being a cleaning machine. Kat recommends jumping into your gym clothes and treating the exercise as exercise!

“I find I can be a little slow and lazy when in track pants,” she says.

Speed is the name of the game
A quick clean is a good clean, and Kat suggests getting organised by creating a cleaning kit that you can carry around the house as you go. Think about things like Bicarbonate of soda, a cleaning brush, bucket and diluted sugar soap.

By having it all in one place, it will save you running backwards and forwards to find what you need.

Along the same lines, why not carry an empty box or washing basket with you to put anything that doesn't belong in the room you are working on. Then rather than wasting time moving from room to room putting things away you can spend ten minutes at the end putting things back where they belong.

Start in the bathroom
Kat notes that it’s a good idea to begin in the bathroom.

“Start in the shower and loo, allowing your cleaning product to sit and soak while you clean the rest of the house,” she says.

Divide and conquer
A problem shared is a problem halved, so of course you should outsource some of the cleaning to the rest of the family.

Perhaps you can make a list of rooms that need cleaning and divide them with your partner or house mates. And if you have kids you should definitely get them on board.

“Have your kid’s help you as much as possible. For example, before you start cleaning ask the kids to make their beds and put their toys away,” Kat advises.

If your kids are older enough to pitch in, you can give them more responsibility – perhaps vacuuming or mopping.

Final tips
“Don’t use a duster as this spreads the dust,” Kat says.

“Use a microfibre cloth to remove it on the first swipe.”

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