Quick one minute chores to clean house

Quick Chores That Only Take a Minute

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If you’re someone who finds it hard to squeeze in a half-hour or more of cleaning into your day, you aren’t alone. But what if, instead of trying to find ten or twenty uninterrupted minutes to clean, you did a few quick chores throughout the day.

I mean that quite literally: most of these simply replace standing there or walking through a room empty-handed with doing a task that takes only a minute or two. But when you add those minutes up, you’ll have found a half-hour to clean without taking time away from anything else.

Quick Chores Anywhere In Your Home

  • Change the battery in your smoke- or carbon monoxide detector, or dust it!
  • Empty your vacuum dustbin or change the bag.
  • Dust a room’s air vents and registers.
  • Pinch dead leaves off a houseplant.
  • Wipe a room’s light bulbs while cool to maximize their efficiency.
  • Clean your phone with a disinfecting wipe.
  • Vacuum or sweep dust from a dirty window screen.
  • Wipe fingerprints on light switches.

In the Bathroom

  • Put a bag filled with white vinegar on the showerhead to get rid of bacteria build-up.
  • Refill the toilet paper supply.
  • Rinse the soap holder to remove scum.

In Bedrooms

  • Scoop dirty clothes from a bedroom floor.
  • Stuff tea bags in your shoes to deodorize them.
  • Toss bed pillows into the dryer and fluff them.

In the Kitchen

  • Remove crumbs from an unplugged toaster/toaster oven with a pastry brush.
  • Dust the top of your fridge.
  • Fill your dishwasher’s rinse aid with white vinegar.
  • Get the crumbs out of your silverware drawer.
  • Run a lemon slice to freshen your garbage disposal.
  • Throw away expired food in your fridge.
  • Wipe grease from your stove knobs.

In the Laundry Room

  • Toss your reusable grocery sacks in the washer.
  • Wipe your laundry basket with disinfectant.
  • Clean the lint off the top of your dryer.

In the Family Room

  • Plump a couple of cushions.
  • Use a lint roller on your sofa/chair cushions.
  • Collect dirty dishes and take them to the kitchen.
  • Straighten picture frames.

Outside Chores

  • Brush your pet’s back.
  • Wipe off your patio table.
  • Shake off the Welcome Mat.

Free Minutes to Take Advantage Of

If you have difficulty setting aside a whole afternoon or even just an hour to clean the house, try this approach.

  • Try a few while dinner is simmering or baking.
  • Do a few when you’re on hold on the phone.
  • Waiting for the kids to get ready for school? Knock out a quick chore or two.
  • Finish a couple as your coffee brews in the morning.
  • Tackle them when there’s a commercial during your favorite TV show.
  • Try the bathroom touch-ups while you’re brushing your teeth.
  • Need to squeeze in more walking to hit your 10,000 steps? Do several in different rooms.

What other quick chores do you do to tidy your home without having to make time for it? I’d love to hear yours in the comments!

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7 Comments

  1. laurynrainbow says:

    i just did one with was pinch dead leaves

  2. I love this list! This is going to be a new go-to for me for sure, thanks!

  3. Now that i have read this list, I am headed to clean the toaster.

  4. Jen @ Savory Simple says:

    Great list!!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Thank you, Jen!

  5. 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. 

    1. Yes, Lina Bickel!
      Ditto cleaning my bathroom sink faucet.
      Or toilet bowl.
      This whole article is inspiring me to make a 1-minute chore list for each room of my home.
      Thank you, Housewife How-To’s!

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