Minutes 1 to 2:
Clear out the entryway. Move area rugs, shoes, and umbrellas just outside the door. Toss non-entry items (toys, books, dirty clothes) into a big tote to redistribute later.
Bang the indoor and outdoor mats against a walkway to loosen dirt. (If your indoor mat is worn, you might want to replace it with one that’s water-absorbent.)
With a moistened Magic Eraser, spot-clean scuffs and mud off walls, doors, and baseboards; go over doorknobs and light switches, too. Catch drips and dry wet spots with a paper towel.
Minutes 5 to 6:
Spritz any windows—inside and out—with glass cleaner and wipe down with a piece of newspaper. Work from left to right and top to bottom. Dust any furniture with a dry microfiber cloth.
Minutes 7 to 10:
Scan the floor and pick up anything too bulky for your vacuum. Give the area a quick once-over with the vacuum. Use the crevice attachment on shoe bins and trays.
Minutes 11 to 13:
Swab the deck with a wet mop, working toward the inside of the house so you can wait there while the floor dries.
Minutes 14 to 15:
Return everything to its rightful place. Now bring on the foot traffic!