9 holiday speed cleaning tips

'Tis the season where housekeeping is even more of a challenge. More bodies are coming and going into our homes, and we're doing lots of messy things inside as part of our holiday preparations - such as wrapping gifts, and baking galore.

The solution to this seasonal cleaning challenge? Advance preparation - in the form of gathering cleaning supplies and tools together in a single place  - so you'll be ready for quick clean-ups at a moment's notice.

These 9 holiday speed cleaning tip can help you have a company-ready home - stat!

Stash Holiday Cleaning Supplies in a Portable Caddy

Stash cleaning supplies in a portable cleaning caddy that you can quickly move from room to room. (Santa hat not required.)

Being prepared for last-minute housekeeping sprints makes holiday spot clean ups a snap when guests are at the door and your 4-year-old has just found the finger-paints.

Make Holiday Speed Cleaning a Family Affair

Since you probably didn't mess up the house yourself, why not get the little culprits to help clean it up? When it is time to clean in a flash, give your kids a chore that seems more like child’s play. Have them don a pair of old, clean socks on their hands and send them about dusting shelves; or give them a spray bottle of floor cleaner and a pair of microfiber floor polishing slippers to clean and polish the floor to a sparkling shine.

Speed-Cleaning Tips for Toilets

No time for a full, proper toilet cleaning? Pop two denture tablets into the toilet bowl and watch them work their magic. Let sit several minutes, and then flush clean.

Get Rid of Kids' Clutter - Stat

What’s a host to do when the zillion pieces of her son's latest soon-to-be masterpiece are all over the living room floor?

Grab your broom and dustpan. Not to sweep up the pieces and throw them away (although there are days when I consider this, I confess) but to quickly scoop them up off the floor and into their rightful containers. This technique works great for any number of small toy pieces that need to be lifted off the floor – fast.

Cover Cobwebs from View

Pull a clean pillowcase over the head of a broom and nab those lurking webs from the far corners of your ceilings in just a twist or two of the wrist. No ladder required.

Lint-Roller Crumb Patrol

A a furniture, bedding, carpet and clothing lint roller is your best friend when you need couch cleaning at warp speed. Forget the cumbersome vacuum here - simply run the lint roller over your upholstered furniture to collect any small bits of dirt, crumbs or pet hair.

Speed Cleaning Furniture Spots

Small spots or splotches on upholstery, throw pillow, a window covering? Blot it to oblivion by dabbing the offending blight with a baby wipe.

Erase Floor Scuff Marks

Got kids? Then you’ve likely got scuff marks on the floor. Whether from hockey sticks, roller blades or your own (gasp!) heels, use a soft white eraser for floor-cleaning to remove the marks fast.

Extend Yourself to Save Time

Keep an extension cord attached to your vacuum cleaner. That makes cleaning a room quicker, as you can go room to room without unplugging the vacuum each time.

Give yourself a gift this season by being prepared for last-minute holiday speed cleaning. Then, you'll enjoy the season knowing the only thing that will be tarnished with ashes and soot will be Santa’s suit.

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