You’re home from a long day at work and you just want to relax on the couch. Suddenly, you realise that your house is a disaster zone and there’s no way that you’ll be able to clean it all up before your show starts.

You wish there was some way you could get everything done without having to spend hours scrubbing every surface of your home.

Well, we’ve got good news for you! There are quite a few things that can be cleaned in an hour or less, even if time is short. Here’s what they are:

  1. Pick up all the items on your floor, put them in areas of the house where they belong – This tip helps you organise your home quickly. By picking up all the items on the floor, putting them into their proper places, you make sure that nothing gets lost. You also save yourself the trouble of searching for something later.
  2. Sweep and mop your floors – It may be faster to sweep or mop an area rather than run the vacuum cleaner through it. If you’re short on time and there aren’t too many spots where debris might lay around, sweeping or mopping that spot instead of vacuuming it could save some time. Use a dustpan and brush for collecting any loose dirt after cleaning.
  3. Clean off any surfaces that need it with a damp cloth or sponge – If you want to clean up any surface, such as windows, mirrors, tables, etc., use a damp cloth or sponge. This method works best for cleaning glass surfaces.
  4. Vacuum everything – carpets, furniture, etc. – If you want to keep your home clean, you could just use the hour to vacuum everything! This includes rugs, floors, curtains, blinds, and furniture. The best way to do this is to use a handheld vacuum cleaner for the smaller or harder-to-reach places. Make sure you vacuum all surfaces, including under beds and behind couches.
  5. Wipe down kitchen counters and appliances with a damp cloth or sponge to remove dirt and grime from everyday use – If you want to clean your kitchen countertops and appliances, then wipe them down with a damp cloth or sponge. This method works well for cleaning surfaces such as glass, stainless steel, ceramic tiles, granite and marble worktops, and other materials. However, do not use soap or detergent when wiping down your kitchen countertop or appliance. These chemicals may damage the surface.
  6. Straighten up your bedroom by making the bed, putting clothes away in drawers/closet, etc., sweep under beds for dust bunnies – If you want to straighten up your room, then you should start by cleaning out all of the clutter. This includes things like books, magazines, toys, clothing, shoes, and anything else that takes up space. Next, you should clean off any surfaces such as tables, desks, shelves, and windowsills. Finally, you should vacuum the floor and wipe down walls and furniture.
  7. Put away anything you don’t want out in plain sight (TV remotes, magazines) so that it’s not in the way when you finish – If you put away things you don’t want out of plain sight, then they won’t be in the way when you’re finished using them. This includes TV remotes, magazines, etc. The benefits to this can be that you’ll have less stuff lying around.
  8. Dust and wipe down (if necessary) furniture and surfaces, including tops of door frames and window sills – Cleaning up dust and wiping down surfaces helps prevent mould growth and other health issues. If you notice any signs of water damage, such as wet carpet or walls, call a professional immediately.
  9. Sweep/mop your floors again to give them a nice “shine” – If you want to clean your floor, sweep/mop it again. This way, you will remove all dust from the surface of the floor. Then, use a mop to clean the floor and give them a nice shine.
  10. Enjoy your sparkling clean house!


This list of household chores may seem daunting, but it can be broken down into manageable tasks. Start with the easiest task on the list and work your way up to more difficult ones as you go. You’ll have less time cleaning overall by working in smaller chunks at a time.