Only have a minute for cleaning? No problem. These easy house cleaning tips will give you some ideas for chores that take less than a minute.
1. Dust One Thing
It only takes a minute to choose one thing and dust it. You can either use a feather duster, a dust spray, and a rag, or a dust wipe. Here are some things you can dust quickly:
• TV screens
• Ceiling fans
• Air Vents
2. Change Vacuum Bag
It doesn’t take much time at all to change your vacuum bag, and it can make your vacuum run more efficiently. A good tip is to take your vacuum outside to change it so the dust from the bag doesn’t go back into the room.
3. Clean a Mirror
A clean mirror makes a room look cleaner. If you don’t have glass cleaner and paper towels, try vinegar and old newspaper. This is a lot less expensive and it works just as well.
4. Change out towels
Fresh towels make a room smell great, whether they’re in the kitchen or the bathroom. It takes less than a minute, and it freshens up the whole room.
5. Change Trash Bags
Even if you don’t have time to take the trash all the way out, just taking full bags out of the cans and replacing them with clean bags can help tidy up when you only have a minute.
6. Sort Today’s Mail
Mail can really pile up if left alone. If you take 30 seconds every day to organize that day’s mail, you’ll have a lot less clutter. Don’t be afraid to throw away junk mail.
7. Treat a Stain
Got an extra minute? Treat that nasty stain that you noticed last week. Here are some tips:
- Flush stains with water.
- Blot the stain with a dry cloth.
- Apply a mild cleaner and let set.
- Blot again.
8. Take Care of Plants
A minute is more than enough time to care for your favorite houseplants. If they need water, fill a pitcher so you can water them all faster. Take a pair of scissors with you to snip off dead vines or leaves.
9. Wipe down high traffic areas
Grab a wet washcloth and quickly wipe down areas that might be forgotten when cleaning. Areas like:
• Remote controls
• Light switches
10. Sweep Entryways
Most entryways are small and take less than a minute to sweep. Grab your broom and dustpan and you’ll be finished before you begin. You can even cheat and sweep dust onto the carpet, then use the carpet-sweeper to clean it up.
11. Shake out a Floor Mat
Floor mats are sometimes forgotten during cleaning. If you have an extra minute, grab a mat or two and shake them out outside. This will reduce the amount of dust in your home as well as keep those mats fresh and clean.
12. Collect Garbage in a Room
If you don’t have time to clean a whole room but want to make it look a little bit better, clear out the garbage. Grab a trash bag or a waste paper basket and start stuffing. You’ll find that this improves the look of a room dramatically.