How to Fake a Clean Home in 30 Minutes!

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Do you have company coming over? No time to whip your house into tip top shape? No problem! Check out these quick and simple tips to get a clean home in 30 minutes.

Declutter (4 minutes)

Pass through key rooms, picking up the following:

Catalogs, bills, and newspapers

Pets' toys

Handbags and shoes

Sports equipment

Wipe Down (10 minutes)


an all-purpose cleaner on your kitchen countertop and wipe away grime.


fingerprints from stainless steel surfaces using a glass cleaner.


down the dining table (if you have hardwood, just remove dust with a damp rag or microfiber cloth).


the bathroom sink, vanity, and counters with an all-purpose disinfectant.


down the outer edge of the tub (it's something all guests will see) and pull the curtain or shower door closed.


the mirror with vinegar and wipe with newsprint (it works).


all outside surfaces of the toilet with disinfectant before moving inside.


the toilet seat lid and spray cleaner on the top and bottom, then squeeze bowl cleaner under the rim. Scrub under the rim and inside the bowl. Flush.

Swiff (5 minutes)

Swiff your coffee table after spraying it with an all-purpose cleaner. Next, swiff the TV (including screen), entertainment center, frames and collectibles. Then swiff the floors in the kitchen, living room, and bathroom.

Empty (2 minutes)

Clear out

the sink and put dishes into the dishwasher.


the wastepaper basket.

Take out

the trash.

Restock (4 minutes)

Put out

fresh hand towels, a box of tissues, extra TP, air freshener, and soap.


a chair count and haul out the extras.


your table with fresh placemats if there are stains on the current set.


the napkin holder.

Display (4 minutes)

Take out

serving dishes and wine glasses (check for smudge spots).

Fluff and arrange

throw pillows and couch cushions.


an instant centerpiece by throwing fruit into a decorative bowl.


the lights and light candles. Nothing hides cleaning imperfections better.

Put on your game face.

People are at the door!

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