How To Speed Clean When You Have Too Many Distractions

 It can feel impossible to clean your home without distractions.  In this post, Jenn shares her 7 speed cleaning distraction free tips with you so you can successfully speed clean your home.  Included is a free speed cleaning workbook to help you successfully speed clean your home without distractions.

Let me know if this sounds familiar?

Notifications are blowing up your phone, kids need your undivided attention, texts are coming in, and all you want to do is a quick clean up of your house.

In this post, I'm going to share 7 tips with you to help you speed clean your home without distractions.  Stay tuned until the end because I've put together an amazing bonus for you!

Now, the phone blowing up and the kids needing your undivided attention are just a few distractions that, as busy moms, we face.  Things being misplaced, noticing that something else needs attention, these are all things that come up when we are trying to clean.

Have you ever started scrubbing a toilet and then find yourself in the kid's room organizing their sock drawer?

If so, you are not alone.  This used to be an almost daily occurrence for me...

So how do you overcome the distractions?  It's not like you can take these distractions away like you can take a toy away from a child.

But you can put systems in place that will help you make sure that you aren't following every shiny object that you see.

That's exactly what I'm going to help you with, and it brings me to my first tip.

Clean when you have a clear mind 

When you are not focused or don't have a clear mind, that is when people tend to drift.  If you find yourself feeling scattered or even overwhelmed before you start cleaning you may find yourself bouncing around.

So how do you fix this?  Well, you have a few options.  Some I will be talking about later on.  But for starters, if you are feeling anxious or scattered then it is best to sit take a deep breath and know that if you are distracted it will only take you longer to complete.

The big important takeaway is to make sure you are only cleaning what's important.  Sweeping the garage or cleaning out the dryer vent probably isn't your top priority when you are wanting to speed clean your home.

clear your mind

Finish one room at a time

Finishing one room at a time can seem easier said than done.  What do you do when you find something that belongs in another room?  

But you cannot expect to speed clean while you are multitasking.

My favorite thing to do is to have a basket that I bring with me room to room.  If I find something in there that doesn't belong, just throw it in and take care of it when you are in that room.  

For instance, if you are in the bathroom and someone's shoes are in there, don't walk them to that room, just throw them in the basket and wait.  This will help remove some of that distraction.

Believe me, when I find myself going from room to room zig-zagging all over the house I end up cleaning areas that I didn't plan on cleaning and it wastes time that frankly, I just don't have.

At the end of this post, I'm going to be sharing something pretty awesome that will help you with that so stay tuned for that.

Create a cleaning caddy

Believe it or not but having a cleaning caddy really helps remove distractions.  If you have everything you need to clean you will not have to leave the room you are in.  

This caddy is going to go into each room you go into.  So it is important to make sure it is stocked with everything that you need.

A cleaning caddy is something quite simple you can put together.  All you really need is a bucket, your favorite cleaning supplies, and your cleaning checklist and you've got yourself an organized cleaning caddy for you to use.

Inside the bonus I've put together for you is a cleaning caddy checklist to help you create your own cleaning caddy!

** Simple cleaning tip! **

I use an all-purpose steam cleaner to really deep clean my floors, walls (when needed), showers, and sinks I like to add a few drops of essential oils to the water so my home smells fresh and clean.

** Simple cleaning tip #2! **

Try laminating your cleaning checklist so you can use them without them getting ruined.

Now that you have cleared your mind, you're focused, you know to clean one room at a time, and you have a fully stocked cleaning caddy it's time for my next tip...

Cleaning caddy

Create a cleaning route

This by far will help you remove some of those distractions.  Sure, your cleaning route isn't going to have your keeps needing your undivided attention but it will help you stay focused.

First, let me explain what a cleaning route is.  A cleaning route is a mapped out route that you will take when you start cleaning.  This route will be efficient and help you stay on track.

How do you create one?

I like to start at one end of the home and finish at the other end of the home.  Now depending on how your home is laid out, you might find yourself following a loop.  

The big important thing to pay attention to is not zigzagging around the house.  Jumping from one room to the next will only waste time and if you are planning on speed cleaning the house, it will only eat up your valuable time.

Inside the bonus I have for you, you can create your own cleaning route to help you with this.

Clean when your kids are at school, napping, or sleeping

If one of your biggest complaints about cleaning is you can't clean with your kids around then maybe it's time to either clean when they're not around or have them help.

You have a few options that I'm going to go over.

Now if your kids are super young you can probably wait until they are sleep to grab 20-minutes to quickly clean up the house.

If your kids are school age then you can schedule 20 minutes during the day to do a quick speed clean.

Now if your kids are anything like mine then you might need to give them jobs.  When my kids were younger they wanted to "help" all the time.  So instead of fighting it, I decided to give in and give them "super important kid jobs" they were given jobs like cleaning the cupboard doors with baby wipes or putting papers in a paper bag for recycling.

They felt important and included and I was able to keep up with the cleaning I wanted to do.  

I created a chore chart for them.  One child loved stickers so she added a sticker to the chore chart and the other loved stamps so I had her put a stamp on the chore chart.  

After 10 stickers or stamps, they were able to pick out a treat in the Target Dollar Spot.  

They loved it.  It felt like a win-win.


Only common areas

When I say speed clean I mean speed clean.  I don't think cleaning closets or cleaning behind the fridge is part of that.

Those areas can be dealt with at a different time and I can explain them in a different post.

Think of speed cleaning as quickly picking up before company comes for a surprise visit.  You are freshening up the house, removing clutter, spot cleaning.  

There is no need to move furniture and sweep or vacuum underneath them.

If you find yourself in a room that company wouldn't go into, don't clean that area during a speed clean.

Some of the common rooms would be the kitchen, dining room, living room, family room, main bathroom, and entryway.  

Making the speed cleaning a little easier to deal with.

Cleaning schedule/Cleaning routine

You may not know this about me but I love routines.  Routines have saved me from the overwhelm more than once.  I'm able to create a plan and then execute it without having to remember what to do next.

My kids have told me more than once that I suffer from shiny ball syndrome, and you know, they're right.  

Without a routine, I wouldn't get half of the things done that I'm able to get done.

It helps me stay accountable, on track, and if I start drifting I have something that will help pull me back to where I need to be.

So the best way to create a cleaning routine/cleaning schedule is to figure out what needs to be done.


Since we are talking speed cleaning here it's a little simpler.  Spot cleaning common areas, picking up items that don't belong and refreshing the house so it feels like something was accomplished.

Well, you are in luck, a few times inside this post I've been referencing to a tool to help you create a system that will allow you to speed clean without being distracted.

I've put together a speed clean workbook for you.  Inside this workbook, I've included everything you need to be successful with your next speed cleaning session.  There's a checklist that includes everything that I've gone over with you today. 

A cleaning caddy checklist so you can create your own cleaning caddy, a cleaning route worksheet, a chore chart for your "super important little helpers", a cleaning routine worksheet, and I've included my 20-minute speed cleaning checklist.

All you need to do is click the button below to download your free workbook!

I would love to know in the comments below what will you be doing to help yourself with the distractions?  Are there things that you do that are listed in this post?  Let me know in the comments below.

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Thank you so much for stopping by I hope this post has helped inspire you to find 20-minutes in your day to do a quick speed clean of your home!