30 More One Minute Chores

30 More One Minute Chores from HousewifeHowTos.comMy original list of one minute chores has become one of the more popular entries on HousewifeHowTos.com. I’ve been asked several times if I can think of still more one minute chores. Of course I can!

Clearly, we’re all trying to find ways to squeeze in a little extra cleaning time between work, errands and cooking. That’s the whole idea behind this list. Quick, one minute chores are a great way to tend to the details, yet most are so simple you can assign them to your kids when they whine about being bored.

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So, if you haven’t already done so, be sure to check out the original list of One Minute Chores. (UPDATE: Don’t miss the third in this series, Even MORE One Minute Chores!)

  1. Wipe smudges off the front door.
  2. Wipe off your landline and/or cell phone.
  3. Empty your vacuum dustbin or change the bag
  4. Brush your pet’s back.
  5. Use a lint roller on your sofa/chair cushions.
  6. Pinch dead leaves off a houseplant.
  7. Scoop dirty clothes from a bedroom floor.
  8. Fill a trashcan with water to soak clean.
  9. Wipe out your laundry basket with disinfectant (use a homemade wipe).
  10. Dust the top of your fridge.
  11. Fill your dishwasher’s rinse aid with white vinegar.
  12. Clean crumbs out of your silverware drawer.
  13. Dust a room’s light bulbs while cool to maximize efficiency.
  14. Plump a couple of pillows.
  15. Wipe your front door’s kick plate and door handle.
  16. Sweep dust from a dirty screen. (Old carpet pieces are great for this!)
  17. Wipe grease from your stove knobs.
  18. Clean crumbs from an unplugged toaster/toaster oven with a pastry brush.
  19. Run a lemon slice in your garbage disposal to freshen it.
  20. Put spare toilet paper in a bathroom.
  21. Wipe the lint off the top of your dryer.
  22. Put your reusable grocery sacks in a sink and fill with hot, soapy water.
  23. Make some homemade air freshener.
  24. Dust a room’s air vents and registers.
  25. Change the battery in your smoke- or carbon-monoxide detector (and dust it!).
  26. Put your family’s tennis shoes in the sunshine to deodorize.
  27. Vacuum your pet’s bed.
  28. Dust a ceiling fan.
  29. Throw away expired food in your fridge.
  30. Wipe down your patio or deck table with a clean, wet cloth.

The thing about one minute chores is that they can be squeezed in throughout the day while you’re busy doing other things, too. Try a few while dinner is simmering, or when you’re on hold with the cable company trying to get your bill lowered. Do a couple as your coffee brews in the morning, or when they’re running yet another commercial break during your favorite TV show. They really do add up!


  1. Lina Bickel says

    I love these tips, Katie…and I’m inspired to take action the next time I look at the knobs on my stove and think “ew, gross”…in that time, I could wipe ’em down. 

    • says

      Thanks, Lina! I don’t particularly enjoy spending a lot of time cleaning, so I try to do a couple of bigger chores in the morning followed by little things like this throughout the day. Lately, I’ve been carrying around a notebook with me so I can write them down for more entries of this sort. Those “quickies” count!

  2. Boyd says

    Sorry to be Debbie Downer, but the editor in me compels me to say: The plural of “leaf” is “leaves.” But the list is still awesome! 😉

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