(it can be portable) 1. Keep a basket of supplies ready at all times. empressofdirt.net You never know when you'll have to wipe down quickly. Start with an all-purpose cleaner, a glass cleaner, and a disinfectant, then pick your favorite sponge/paper towel/microfiber cloth/old toothbrush combo. This blogger has a great basics list. 2. You can keep it in your cleaning command center to customize it every time you pull it out. jenthousandwords.com This blogger uses a tension rod to hang her spray bottles. 3. Or build an essentials kit in every room bhg.com Everything you need to clean the bathroom in one place. Like here. 4. Set a timer for yourself. Dietmar Temps/Creative Commons Giving yourself a deadline can be motivational and help you not get stuck on the small stuff. (This won't work for everyone, but could be worth a try!) 5. Make a cleaning playlist. mitikusa.net/Creative Commons This works best if you clean for, say, 10 minutes every day. It also might motivate the kids/roommates actually help (the key is to make it a game so everyone helps you). More on this here. 6. Clean room by room. Helga Weber/Creative Commons Not a hack, but common sense. Company coming? Only clean the rooms they'll see (like the kitchen, bathroom and living room). 7. Keep some bleach gel near your bath tub or shower for quick application to gross grout. meandmydiy.com Spot cleaning is key. DIY bleach gel recipe here. 8. Quickly rub down everything in your bathroom with soap in a dish wand. joyunspeakableandfullofglory.blogspot.com Water down some dish soap and do the tub, countertops and shower. Just rinse everything down afterward. From here. 9. Before you start running around, stick your towels and your shower curtain liner in the washer. diybudgetgirl.com It's the fastest way to get the mildew out without spending time scrubbing it. (Or you *could* just close your shower curtain so no one sees...but you'll know it's not clean). From here. 10. Spray the crap out of surfaces and wipe up. cleanmama.net This couldn't be simpler. From here. 11. Use a paper towel and rubbing alcohol to wipe down the greasy residue around your kitchen. creeklinehouse.com It also gets rid of soap scum and can sort of polish your stainless. From here. 12. (Vodka works too). thisoldhouse.com From here. 13. Load. The. Dishwasher. classic_film/Creative Commons If you're lucky enough to have one. If you don't have one...well, just hope they don't look in the sink. (Or suck it up and wash the dishes). 14. Steam clean your microwave AND spray down your range hood grate all at once. sweetcsdesigns.com Do two things at once, like this blogger.(But you're forgiven if your speed clean doesn't involve cleaning your range vent filter thingy. I mean, probably). 15. If you have a lemon lying around, you can also stick lemons in the water you microwave. thekitchn.com For a lemon-fresh kitchen. From here. 16. Spray furniture polish on anything you need shinier. smithocracy.com Like your fridge, or your sink, or your coffee table, or whatever. Just don't spray on the floor or you'll probably slip and be sorry.From here. (sort of) 17. Pretend you just cleaned your sheets and pillows by spritzing linen spray everywhere. tixeertne.wordpress.com Here's a DIY recipe. 18. Take a lint roller to your lampshades. creeklinehouse.com From here. 19. Stick a sock on your hand to dust quickly. keephomesimple.blogspot.com Get it a little damp with vinegar first. (Maybe this is something you can get your kids to help out with.) From here. 20. Use a gigantic extension cord for your vacuum. bhg.com That way you only have to plug it in once to go over every floor in your home. From here. 21. Use a mop to wipe down ceilings and high dusty places. Jos Dielis/Creative commons (Or at least any cobwebs in the corners, if you're Snow White.) 22. Just wipe everything down with disinfecting wipes. diynatural.com If that's too wasteful or toxic for your taste, try DIY Natural's version.