Originally appeared on Real Simple
Breaking your routine down to small chunks of time, setting a timer, and staying focused until you hear the “ding!” can help. To find the best strategies for maximizing every minute, we asked expert cleaners for their tried-and-true plans. This isn’t a deep-cleaning guide for those times when you’re ready to start scrubbing grout, but these are your go-to plans when time is tight. When an out-of-town friend stops by at the last minute, or you only have 30 minutes before your show starts, these are the routines that will get your space tidy in no time. Depending on how much time you have, choose from the 10-minute pre-guest tidy up, a 30-minute whole-house sprucing, or the 2-hour cleaning plan. Then, follow the printable checklists provided by our cleaning pros to make sure you stay on track—and finish on time.