Having to do a general house cleaning can take the whole day or the whole weekend. A daily 15-minute cleaning routine is a great way to keep your home looking clean every day and reduces the time it takes to clean and organise the whole house when it’s time for overall, general cleaning.
There are plenty of things you can do in 15 minutes to keep the house looking clean. Pick 3 things that you can do and spend 15 minutes to accomplish these tasks. You can do different tasks for each day of the week so you can keep dirt and clutter at bay in all parts of the house.
Here are some of the tasks that you can choose from for your 15-minute cleaning routine.
- Make beds
- Fold laundry
- Dust furniture
- Wipe down kitchen counters and table
- Wash dishes
- Clean kitchen sink
- Vacuum, mop and/or sweep floors
- Clean bathroom sink or toilet
- Clean up clutter
- Sort out junk mail
- Take out the garbage
We know the list of things to do to keep a home clean is longer than this so to create your own 15-minute cleaning routine, ask yourself these questions so you can come up with the top 3 tasks in your own list.
- What really bugs me at home if it’s not cleaned/taken care of daily?
- What area at home gets messy really fast?
- What small tasks can I do daily that will take just 5-10 minutes but will make a big difference?
- What am I already doing daily that helps keep my home clean?
- What tasks can I delegate to my kids/spouse/relatives that they can do daily to help keep the home clean?
You can maintain the cleanliness of your home by picking up things immediately and putting items back where they should be kept.
You can ask your household members to help too. For example, the kids can pick up their toys before they leave the house for school, before taking a nap or before going to bed. You can also ask them to pick out what they want to wear for the next day the night before so you don’t have to deal with a heap of clothes to sort out the morning when they need to get dressed to go out. Older kids can make their beds as soon as they wake up.
The good thing about the 15-minute cleaning routine is that you don’t get overwhelmed with the thought of cleaning and organising clutter over the weekend. Doing small tasks throughout the week before going to work or throughout the day, will help to make your weekends less stressful from the thought of cleaning everything in just one day.