I hate cleaning, then again, who doesn’t hate cleaning? There are shortcuts to making your cleaning easier though and making you feel like you have actually accomplished something. Over the years, I’ve found that feeling of accomplishment, the idea that you are actually making a dent in the chores, is the best way to stay motivated to do the deep cleaning later. So try these 5 minute cleaning tips for every room of the house to get yourself jump started on your chores!
The sink and the stove top are the key to a cleaner looking kitchen. Start with the sink, even an empty sink can look dingy. Take a moment to clean your sink (not just empty it). Use a spritz of cleaner, rinse, and then wipe with a damp cloth or paper towel. Don’t forget the edges and the faucet. Next, turn to your stove top. Even if you keep it wiped down as you cook, there are probably small bits of things that splattered and didn’t come up easily when you wiped down the surface. No need to get out the heavy scrubbing gear. A Magic Eraser really does work like magic. A few moments of scrubbing with a Magic Eraser followed by a wipe down with a dry cloth or paper towel will make your stove top shine. These two quick clean ups will make your kitchen feel 100 times cleaner and brighter.
Socks, magazines, coats, my family loves to drop it all in the living room. Pick up the clothes and random objects that don’t belong in the living room and vacuum. The lack of clutter and fresh carpet will make the whole room feel more open. This will go even faster in the future if you plan ahead a little. Keep a small basket (like one of those collapsible fabric organizer bins) for each member of your family in the living room. Pick pretty baskets so they blend in well with the room. Every time you find something out-of-place, toss it in the basket belonging to that family member. When the basket is full, it’s time for that family member to put the stuff in the basket where it belongs.
Remove clutter from the sink counter and wipe the counter down with a damp cloth. Remember to use the Magic Eraser if one of the kids has left enough toothpaste crusted in the sink the night before to sink the Titanic. If you have time, wipe down the mirror as well (but not with the Magic Eraser, that’s one surface it doesn’t work well on).
Make the bed. Even if you don’t sleep under a comforter, keep one to make the bed with. That way you don’t have to worry about perfectly smoothing the sheets to make the bed. It’s fast, it’s easy, and it looks great. Then pick up anything off the floor. You have small wastebaskets in every room right? Tossing dirty clothes in hampers, random dropped receipts and such in the wastebaskets only takes a minute. Keep a small organizer or bin on the bedside table for any random objects like keys or cell phone chargers.
Dining rooms are famous for things being piled on the table. Like the living room, keep a small bin for each member of your family and toss it in rather than trying to move each item to the proper room as you tidy up. On top of the china cabinet is a great place to store the bins. Then wipe down the table and push chairs up under the table.
Get those dirty clothes off the floor. The easiest way to control the dirty clothes nightmare is to have two laundry baskets for each person in your house. One for dirty clothes in the laundry room and one to carry clean clothes back to their bedrooms (and then start accumulating dirty clothes for the next wash day).
It’s not deep cleaning but these quick 5 minute per room cleaning tips will really make a fast dent in how things look and if you do them daily, you’ll soon find that some items don’t need doing every day and you can spend that time on deeper cleaning chores.
Good luck and enjoy your cleaner looking house!