Got A Minute? Try These One Minute Chores

One Minute Chores from HousewifeHowTos.comCleaning doesn’t always mean setting aside an entire day — even one minute chores can make a big difference!

Sure, a minute doesn’t seem like that much time when you’re doing something fun. But think of all those minutes you’re waiting for everyone to get ready to leave, or you’re watching commercials on TV. Add in the time when you’re on the phone and need something to keep the kids distracted. What about those minutes you spend on hold when you’re trying to make an appointment? Turn those times into task times and you’ll start to notice a big impact in how clean and uncluttered your home feels!

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One Minute Chores

  • Empty a trash can.
  • Change the hand towels in the kitchen or bathroom.
  • Dust your coffee table.
  • Rinse the kitchen sink.
  • Wash your pet’s food or water bowl.
  • Water a plant.
  • Toss the junk mail.
  • Straighten magazines.
  • Wipe down a room’s light switches and door jambs.
  • Shake out your Welcome Mat.
  • Sweep the front step.
  • Wipe fingerprints off of an appliance front.
  • Polish the window over the sink.
  • Clean a bathroom mirror.
  • Dust a room’s picture frames.
  • Take magazines or newspapers to the recycling bin.
  • Wipe the sinks and fixtures in a bathroom.
  • Wipe down a bathroom vanity and toilet tank.
  • Scrub a toilet.
  • Dust the horizontal surfaces in a room.
  • Pick up shoes near the front door.
  • Empty one rack of the dishwasher.
  • Run hot vinegar down a drain to degunk it.
  • Dust some mini-blinds.
  • Wipe down the kitchen table.
  • Treat a clothing stain.
  • Wash your coffee pot.
  • Wipe the front of your kitchen cupboards.
  • Straighten sofa pillows.
  • Do a quick clutter patrol.
  • Get the trash out of your car.
  • Clean your cup holders.
  • Microwave your wet kitchen sponge to sanitize it.
  • Dust your entertainment center.
  • Dust your computer monitor and keyboard.
  • Scoop the cats’ litter box.
  • Wipe up spills in the fridge.
  • Change the box of baking soda in your fridge.
  • Empty the paper shredder.
  • Sweep the entry way.

Of course, no one is saying that you have to fill every minute of your day with housework. Where’s the fun in that? But by using free minutes, like when you’re on the phone or waiting for the kids to finish breakfast, you can tackle some of the little chores that really add up.

Have more time on your hands? Check out 30 More One Minute Chores and Even More One Minute Chores!


  1. Callie says

    That should be a 4 star rating. Damn touchscreen. BTW, the bathroom mirror takes way longer than a minute, but I am short and the mirror is pretty big

    • says

      I’m short, too, and I despise doing mirrors because of that. But since I buff away spots during my daily routine (like you do, right? riiiiight???) it’s usually pretty quick to do them now. 😉 In fact, if I’ve kept the water spots buffed away, all that’s left to do is go over it with a duster to get rid of anything that’s settled on the glass. 

    • Maryliz says

      HI. I would like for you set picture and where start to clean. some of them dont have picture that I can clean start to finish. I hope you dont mind to set up the picture each checklist. like one minutes to do those different. some of them already have picture from start to finish..

    • Kyle says


      Being short has its advantages. It’s definitely taught me how to improvise. I’ve got a couple of windows over my kitchen sink that sit about three feet from where I stand to do the dishes at the farthest point. I suffered a brain injury in the Marines a few years back which really screwed with my balance, so I’m a little weary of climbing on the sink to get to the windows.

      Being a guy (read: house husband) I did the guy version of retail therapy (I went to AutoZone) and found a tool used to help clean the inside of one’s windshield that happens to work perfectly for helping me clean those pesky kitchen windows. I’m sure it will help you too! Let me know if that helps.

      Semper Fi.

      • Olivia says

        Excellent idea. I am not short but I am old…:) I am going to Auto Zone (or similar) on my next shopping day.

  2. Hanley1972 says

    Does the hot vinegar down a drain really work?

    Do you follow it with a hot water flush or is the vinegar meant to sit a while?

      • Hanley1972 says

        What a terrific tip this is.

        Tonight a have a perfectly clean kitchen drain. 

        I wonder if this would work to keep other household drains clean, or is it just meant for kitchen debris..hmm.

      • says

        I’m glad it worked for you! It works in most drains. The acidity in the vinegar will help cut through hair clogs in a bathtub drain, for instance. They’re often caused by a buildup of soap or shampoo that turns stray hairs into a nasty mess. Since the vinegar dissolves that soap, the hairs usually swoosh away. The hot water rinse helps that along, and removes any additional conditioner/soap/shampoo mess in the drain.

        It’s actually a really good practice to do this monthly, just to keep your drains running clear. I have a nasty-smelling one in our basement wet bar where food debris builds up in the trap and starts reeking. Every couple of weeks I flush the trap using this method to keep the sink at bay. (Telling my family to stop rinsing dishes in the wet bar sink hasn’t worked, unfortunately.)

      • Jen says

        You are hilarious! I love reading all of this!
        With your weekly chore list-do you have a schedule of what days to do what chores? I have your everyday list, but your weekly one is daunting….
        Can you just TELL me what days to do what so I don’t have to think about it!

      • Katie Berry says

        I really don’t have a day-by-day schedule, since I tend to first clean the rooms that need it the most then get to the others as I have time. But if it helps:

        Monday: Clean kitchen, do some laundry
        Tuesday: Clean bathrooms, plan menus
        Wednesday: Clean living room, go to grocery store
        Thursday: Kitchen touch-up, clean front step and home office, file papers
        Friday: Clean family room, do more laundry
        Saturday: Run errands, finish laundry
        Sunday: R-E-L-A-X.

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