@sarahsarna shares her secret guide to speed cleaning.

Yes, old habits do die hard. Perhaps this is strictly a New York City practice. A little bit of background: every other Wednesday our cleaning professional arrives at our apartment at 10am. My husband and I both work from home, and we’re both at home on the days she cleans, so we take turns sitting in the Living Room while she cleans our respective offices. Maybe it’s because we feel like we know her and she’s been working with us for 8 years now, and maybe this is just a NYC thing, because my friends do it too, but I always speed clean our place the night prior to her coming or the morning of.

@sarahsarna's speed cleaning tips.

By speed clean I mean just that: one bottle of cleaner, paper towels, and 15 minutes, if that. I use Fantastik Scrubbing Bubbles because it’s all purpose (you can use it throughout your house), it has a lime scent, and it cleans, disinfects, and sanitizes all-in-one.

"I do my best cleaning the night before our cleaning pro comes." - @SarahSarna #sponsored Fantastik Scrubbing Bubbles #comecleanNY

I refer to old habits because we moved from New York City to Virginia over the summer. We now have a new cleaning pro – two, actually, and I’m sticking to my olden golden speed cleaning technique.

@sarahsarna's speed cleaning tips.




1 Throughout: Empty all trash but leave a little piece of trash (a crumpled piece of paper or tissue) in one or two of the clean wastebaskets.

2 Throughout: Pick up any dust bunnies with a paper towel.

3 Living Room: Take everything off the coffee table, spritz and wipe it off, then put everything back.

4 Living Room: Neaten the cushions and pillows on sofas and chairs, but not too perfectly.

5 Kitchen: Spritz and wipe down the kitchen sink. I leave the counters untouched because for some reason crumb-less counters seem implausible for a Wednesday morning.

6 Bathrooms: Spritz and wipe off the bathroom counters.

That’s it. Lastly I stash the Fantastik and the paper towels back in the closet, wash my hands, and then sit on the Living Room sofa to give it a lived-in look, and relax for a few until the doorbell rings.

@sarahsarna's speed cleaning tips.

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Author: Sarah Sarna

Interior Designer and Editor helping intelligent women unlock their style and own it, à la: decorating, fashion, beauty, and beyond.

  • I love anything that makes cleaning easier and faster. Thanks for the tips! Your home is looking amazing…can’t wait to get more peeks!! Happy weekend, Sarah ~