Okay let’s be real – no one really enjoys spending hours every day or every week cleaning their house. Well, most of us don’t anyways. Funny thing – I actually used to like cleaning. Vacuuming, especially. But now that I’m holder and have a list of other chores & responsibilities, cleaning tends to fall on the back burner. Because I know this isn’t a strength of mine (or Brandon’s), we have a cleaning service come once a month to do a deep clean. In between those monthly cleanings though, it seems like our house still needs a few touch ups here and there.
Rather than spending each weekend doing a deep clean or attempting to dedicate an hour at the end of each day to tidying up, I started doing smaller things to make sure the house feels clean and peaceful – and they only take me 15 minutes or so.
Three Cleaning Tips That Will Take You Less Than 15 Minutes
Tip No. 1 Spend Five Minutes on Three Rooms
I can’t remember where I read this but I saw it in a blog post a few years ago – it has been life-changing. At the end of each day, I pick three rooms and spend 5 minutes tidying up. Folding a blanket in the living room, removing water bottles from the nightstand, doing a quick sweep in the kitchen. Every day, tackle a different set of rooms and do something different – you’ll be amazed how tidy and clean your house feels by simply spending a few minutes on your space.
Tip No. 2 Spend Ten Minutes on One Room
Every other day, I like to choose one room and spend ten minutes doing a “deeper” tidy. Putting dishes away in the kitchen, folding a load of laundry, gathering the trash from bathrooms. It doesn’t have to be anything major.
Tip No. 3 Spend Thirty Minutes Every Month Decluttering
This is KEY. We tend to hold on to a lot of stuff. Take one room each month and spend thirty minutes decluttering that room. Make piles for Donate, Sell and Toss. When your home is less cluttered, it instantly feels cleaner. I’ve learned from experience and have spent the past two months doing a bit more than thirty minutes to get our house in a good starting place. It feels SO good to get the clutter out!