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How to Clean Your Home Fast



With the benefit of experience picked up in during summer months as a home cleaner, or maid, here are some tips to get an average sized house cleaned from top to bottom in less than an hour.

It takes determination, focus, and hard work! Keep moving and don’t check your phone or get distracted by old magazines you come across while tidying up. Do the steps stated on this guide and you’ll be able to clean your home fast.

The Top should be First

This applies to every room you clean. Clean from the top so that dust and grime from ceilings and walls fall to the floor first – it’ll be easier to clean if they’re on the floor anyway.

Start with dusting ceiling fittings and fans, then wipe dust off the furniture. Clean the floors last.

Several minutes spent on each Bedroom

Strip the bed linen and then remake the bed for each room. You only need to use one hand to lift the mattress while you’re using your other hand for tucking in the bed sheet or linen.

Make sure the clutter is all cleared up – it can be stored temporarily out of sight, in a spare bin or basket, if time is short.

Wipe down your furniture with the use of a microfiber cloth and a dusting spray. Do it in a top to bottom direction.

A few minutes spent on the Bathroom

Cleaning all the bathrooms in one go is more efficient. Clear the counters then proceed to spraying all surfaces including the bath tubs with bathroom cleaner. Allow the spray to sit and work while cleaning toilets and polishing the outer toilet surfaces.

Return to cleaning the counters and rinsing the tubs. Don’t forget to clean the mirrors, too.


Spend a few minutes cleaning the Living and Dining Rooms

Again make sure all surfaces are clutter free for easier dusting.

If you have ceiling fans and blinds, dust these first.

Vacuum floors and furniture with the right type of vacuum.

12 minutes of cleaning time for the Kitchen

Load up all the dirty utensils and dishes in your dishwasher. Soapy, warm water should also be used to fill the sink. If stove top burners need to be cleaned, remove these and place in the water.

Don’t forget to wipe off dust and dirt from kitchen appliances.

Do floor cleaning last.

Steam mops and hardwood floor cleaners are a recommended investment for speedy cleaning. They clean hard surfaces much quicker than traditional mops.


Floors in the Whole House for 15 minutes of Cleaning

Vacuum, don’t sweep floors. Use attachments to get into the corners – notice a lot of dust and pet fur accumulating in corners. These tools prevent dust flying into the air and settling down quickly which is one of the top causes of allergies.

Work backwards from the far corner when vacuuming, moving quickly and without much overlap.

Francesca Smith

Fabulous Feng Shui Tips


Correct those squeaks!


Front door making unpleasant sounds as you’re arriving at or leaving your place of residence? Entrances welcome you to your home or wave you on your way, so when they sound sad sound, you’ll be sad too. So oil the hinge and get the positivity back! You can also try lubricating all internal doors, although the entrance should be your first priority.


Which entrance to use


Many people get into their homes through a back gate or garage. While practical, this restricts positivity and opportunity, because the front door is the most direct and effective way for good “chi” to reach you. So is there a simple solution? Just use the main entrance weekly or more frequently. If you can manage more than that, you will experience even more benefit! Why not use the main entrance when you pick up your post, or when you go out for a walk? Make it part of your everyday life.


Best place for a water feature


In the Chinese tradition, water symbolizes money. For this reason, water features are very popular. However, many people are not sure where to put them. According to ancient Chinese knowledge, water features near the front door help positive energy. So this is an ideal option, just make sure the water flows toward the center of your house to allow the good energy to flourish.


Using plants with kitchen cabinets


Take a look at your kitchen cabinets and make sure they are not too close to the ceiling. It is good Feng Shui if the top cabinets go right up to the ceiling so that there is no room for dust or stale energy. Any “chi” stuck there will die, and the bad energy this creates will stop good things happening to you. If there is a gap, you can use Feng Shui to counteract the effect. Use lights, decorative plants, or some of your treasured keepsakes to transform the energy in this space.


Do not leave the bathroom door open


As water is associated with wealth, many people worry about how the water which flows from their bathrooms will affect their prosperity. It is known that the water re-enters when emptied, but it is still advisable to keep the lid of the toilet seat and bathroom door closed in order to reduce any adverse effects.


Clearing the spaces you inhabit

Finally, make sure you remember to conduct a proper clearing of your home regularly. Those that inhabit our homes, workplaces, or whichever spaces we spend time in, before us leave behind traces of their energy. For this reason, carrying out a clearing is essential if positive and fresh “chi” is to be able to develop and thrive.


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“Francesca and her team did an AMAZING job on my home! It looks brand new! Thank you so much! - Rhonda R.”