Cleaning 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!
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.
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