How to Clean Your House in 2 Hours or Less! Free Checklist

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Do you need to clean your house fast? If you don’t have a lot of time, but still need to get your house cleaned, it is possible with some quick tips.

Here’s how to clean your house in 2 hours or less!

I have been the queen of speed cleaning for a long time. When I worked outside the home, I often cleaned my entire house in a couple of hours on Saturday mornings.

I would let all the messes pile up throughout the week, and then tackle it all at once as fast as I could. Now that I’m a stay at home mom, speed cleaning still comes in handy.

I don’t always have 2 hours to devote to cleaning, so I’ve learned how to use the time that I do have to get as much cleaning done as possible.

In this post, I’ll share some of the best tips I’ve learned and then some fast house cleaning plans depending on how much time you have.

How to Clean Your House Fast

There are a few tips that will help you clean your house faster.

1. Make a list of cleaning tasks.

You have to have a plan of attack in order to clean your house fast. That way you don’t waste a bunch of time thinking of what to do. You can use the free speed cleaning checklist at the end of this post or make your own list.

Once you know what needs to get cleaned, pick your top 3 cleaning tasks and do those first. Don’t move on to anything else until those 3 are completed.

2. Be okay with “good enough”

I used to spend so much time cleaning because I tried to do it perfectly. But when you have limited time to clean your home, you have to be okay with doing it good enough instead of perfectly.

3. Use multipurpose cleaning supplies. 

Changing out cleaning supplies as you clean will cost you more time.

I like to use microfiber cloths as they are versatile for cleaning lots of surfaces. They are great especially in the bathroom. I use a microfiber cloth to clean the mirror, then the sink and countertop, and finally to wipe down the shower walls.

Another all purpose cleaning supply is an all purpose spray. I use a homemade all purpose spray made from castile soap and distilled water.

I use it all over my home. However it works well in the bathroom to save time because I spray the sink, countertops, shower, and outside of the toilet first. That way I don’t have to change out cleaning sprays and can quickly wipe everything down.

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4. Avoid distractions.

Do you find yourself getting distracted while you clean? Maybe you get on your phone or watch TV. Those habits are costing you time.

You will clean faster if you focus only on cleaning and getting specific tasks done.

5. Work against the clock.

Most of the cleaning tasks you have in your home don’t actually take that long to complete, especially if you’re focused on doing them.

Decide how much time you have and make a cleaning plan based on that time. Below, I’ve listed some timed cleaning plans. You can also get a printable checklist at the end of the post.

Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

30 Minute House Cleaning Plan

This cleaning plan will get your main living areas clean. You’ll be able to welcome guests in your home without feeling like the house is a mess.

7 minutes (Main Living Areas)

Do a general tidy up in your entryway, living room, and dining room. Throw away trash. Put things back where they belong.

10 minutes (Kitchen)

Wash as many dishes as you can or fill up the dishwasher. Wipe down countertops. 

5 minutes (Bathroom)

Do a quick clean up in the bathroom. Wipe down the bathroom mirror, sink, and countertop. Clean the toilet bowl and wipe down the outside of the toilet.

8 minutes (Floors)

Sweep and/or vacuum the bathroom, living areas, and kitchen floors.

1 Hour House Cleaning Plan

With an entire hour to clean, you’ll be able to get to the bedrooms as well. You’ll also do more of a deep clean in the main living areas.

10 minutes (Bedrooms)

Start in the bedrooms. Make the beds, put laundry in the hamper, put clean clothes away, and do a general tidy up. This doesn’t have to be perfect. Try to get the main areas of the room picked up. 

7 minutes (Main Living Areas)

Move on to the main living areas. Do a general tidy up in the entryway, living room, and dining room. Throw away trash and return things where they belong.

10 minutes (Dust)

Dust the surfaces throughout your home. This doesn’t have to be super detailed. You don’t have to get every square inch. You could dust around objects rather than picking everything up and dusting.

12 minutes (Kitchen)

Next, head to the kitchen. Wash the dishes or put them in the dishwasher. Put things away that are out on the countertop and wipe down the counters down. 

10 minutes (Bathroom)

Finally, it’s time to clean the bathroom. Wipe down the bathroom mirror, sink, and countertop. Clean the toilet bowl and wipe down the outside of the toilet. Do a light scrub of the shower and tub.

13 minutes (Floors)

Finish off the cleaning hour with the floors. Sweep and/or vacuum the bedrooms, bathroom, living areas, and kitchen. Mop any of your non carpeted floors.

2 Hour House Cleaning Plan

This 2 hour cleaning plan will allow you to throughly clean the main living areas, kitchen, bathroom, and bedrooms. Set a timer and get going!

20 minutes (Bedrooms)

Start in the bedrooms. Make the beds, pick up laundry, put clean clothes away, throw away trash, tidy up side tables.

3 minutes: Start a load of laundry. 

10 minutes (Main Living Areas)

In the main living areas like the entryway, living room, and dining room, throw away trash, put blankets and pillows up, put things where they go.

15 minutes (Dust)

Throughly dust all the surfaces in each room. Quickly run a duster over wall decor and light fixtures as you go from room to room.

20 minutes (Kitchen)

Clean up the kitchen. Wash the dishes or put them in the dishwasher. Clear off the countertops and wipe them down. Spot clean cabinet doors and appliances.

2 minutes: Throw the laundry into the dryer.

25 minutes (Bathrooms)

Clean the bathroom(s). Wipe down the bathroom mirror, sink, and countertop. Clean the toilet bowl and wipe down the outside of the toilet. Throughly scrub the shower and bathtub.

15 minutes (Floors)

Finish off by cleaning the floors throughout your home. Sweep and/or vacuum the bedrooms, bathrooms, living areas, and kitchen. Mop all the hard surface floors.

5 minutes (Laundry)

By now your load of laundry should be done. Fold it and put the clean laundry away.

Wow! You did it! That was a lot of work, but your home will look and feel so much better.

Here is a speed cleaning checklist to download and print off.

Keep the House Clean in the Future

Now that your house is clean, you’ll want to get on a regular housekeeping schedule to keep it that way.

Each day, you’ll want to wash the dishes, do a load of laundry, and do a general pickup of your home. Keeping up with these daily tasks keeps the messes small and makes them easier to pick up.

Another thing that will help you is teaching your children and other family members to clean up after themselves so that you aren’t always the one cleaning up after everyone.

Teach children to put their own belongings away like shoes, clothes, dishes, toys, and dirty clothes. Let your partner know you need help around the house too.

Cleaning Room by Room

Here’s a quick run down of things that need to be cleaned in each room.


  • wipe down mirror
  • clean sink and countertop
  • clean toilet
  • scrub shower and tub
  • empty trash
  • replace hand towel
  • sweep and mop floors


  • make beds
  • put laundry in hamper
  • put clean clothes in dresser or closet
  • throw away trash
  • put shoes away
  • tidy the top of the nightstand and dresser
  • dust
  • vacuum or sweep


  • wash dirty dishes and put clean dishes away
  • throw trash away
  • put food in pantry or fridge
  • clear off countertops
  • dust
  • sweep and mop

Living Room

  • pick up things that don’t belong
  • put pillows and blankets away
  • dust
  • sweep and/or vacuum

I hope this post has been helpful! Thanks for reading.

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