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Camille Styles

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How to Clean the House in 15 Minutes

October 21st, 2015

We’ve all been there… You’re rushing to get ready for people to come over: dinner’s in the oven, lipstick’s on, playlist is ready to go. Only prob is that in the mad dash to get ready, your house didn’t exactly get any attention and now you’ve got exactly 15 minutes to make it presentable for guests. Since this has been the story of my life lately, I’ve learned a thing or two about the art of cleaning the house in 15 minutes. Before you balk, I’m not talking a deep clean here… let’s save that for Sunday afternoon. I’m talking about the fake-it-til-you-make-it kind of straighten-up that makes your house appear to be cleaner that it really is and saves you from apologizing about your surroundings so you can concentrate on being the fun-loving hostess that you are. We teamed up with Seventh Generation to show you how to get it done, so click through the slides for the step-by-steps, as well as the most effective and safe cleaning products I use to tackle each task.

*photos by Kate Zimmerman

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If you only have 15 minutes, what quick cleaning steps do you always tackle?

6 Comments under :: How to Clean the House in 15 Minutes
  1. kristen says:

    Love seventh generation products so fresh and clean smelling! Would you happen to know the soft gray paint color of the bathroom wall? Thanks for any info 🙂

  2. Kate says:

    Somehow, I always find myself in a mad dash to get the house clean before guests come over! I typically wipe down the powder room sink and mirror, clear up clutter (hoping no one will open a closet or peek in the guest room), and light as many candles as possible. Candlelight is a hostess’ best friend, folks!

  3. Laura says:

    I like to clean with music. It is an incentive for me to clean and it inadvertently works as a timer. I have realized by linking cleaning to music that tasks take much less time than I think. For instance- I hate doing dishes, but I come to know that it will take me two songs or less to do it and that is totally doable! With 15 mins, I like to make the bed, put clothes in their right place, remove visual clutter from the island, and have a clean sink. Great post!

  4. Guylaine says:

    The floors are a biggy, a quick pick up and mop is a must! As well as freshening up the bathroom and clearing the kitchen counters.

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