Hey, there! Remember how I committed to bringing you simple, actionable tips for making your life easier (and cleaner) this year? We’ve already talked about 3 habits you should start this year to keep your home cleaner…and today we’re going to talk about the 10-minute daily cleaning routine that will help you keep things organized, clean, and looking great with little to no effort.
If you know me at all, then you’ll know that I’m a big advocate for simple solutions that don’t take up a lot of time (or brain-power). We’re all busy, many of us are moms, and many of us have jobs that keep us outside of the house for most of the day. It can be so frustrating to spend the entire day working your butt off, only to come home to a crazy, messy house. Even if you’ve implemented some of the habits that I’ve already shared about to stay more on top of your cleaning, there’s still going to be day-to-day messes. I mean, we all actually live in our houses, don’t we? And that means that, on a daily basis, you’re going to end up with messes all over the place. Even if you’re the neatest person in the world and you’ve got systems in place to keep things organized – because, guess what? You might be a neat freak but I’m willing to bet your husband isn’t. Or maybe it’s your kids who are the culprit. Or maybe the dog. Whoever it is, chances are someone in your family isn’t great about picking up after themselves, and sooner or later the mess is gonna have to be picked up.
I’m of the mindset that if I can get my home at least semi-cleaned up every single day, I’ll live a much more relaxed life. I don’t do well in chaos or mess, and I find that the days I’m the grumpiest with my family also just happen to be the days that my house is feeling the most cluttered. I work hard to stay on top of the little everyday messes so that I can keep my sanity, and I promise that this little routine won’t take a ton of time out of your day.
So, here’s my super quick daily cleaning routine that will help you keep your house cleaner without any extra effort. Remember, this post is intended to build upon the 3 habits you should already be doing from our first life hacks post, so I’m not going to cover things like emptying out the dishwasher – because that should be a fully-engrained habit already!
Let’s get to it:
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10 Minute Daily Cleaning Routine
- The first thing you’ll want to do is set a timer. Seriously. Set a timer! It can feel really annoying to have to focus on cleaning for ten minutes, and it can seem like a lifetime if you’re tired and just want to go to bed. Keep yourself motivated by actually setting a physical timer and reminding yourself that you can stop the second it goes off. It helps you stay focused and makes it feel a little more like a race against the clock.
- Now, do a quick sweep of the main living areas of your home and put away things that are out of place. If you’ve implemented the two-minute rule habit that we talked about before, this should be pretty easy. But, if you’re like me and have a kid and/or husband who don’t follow the two-minute-rule, then there’s still going to be some stuff to deal with. Focus mostly on the living room, dining room, and kitchen, and try to get things placed where they belong. This is also the time to toss your throw pillows back onto your sofa (why do they always end up on the floor?!) and put away the throw blankets.
- Next up, wipe down your kitchen countertops. A clean kitchen makes a huge difference towards making the whole house feel clean, so focusing there will give you the biggest bang for your buck. Make sure the counters are cleared off, spray them with your favorite cleaner (this one is mine), and give ’em a good scrub down.
- If the timer hasn’t gone off, then you’ve still got time (don’t check it – just work until it goes off) – next up you’re going to do another sweep of the house (focus on the bedrooms this time) for dirty laundry. Grab all of the kitchen towels, the clothes that got thrown on the floor, and the socks your kid stuffed under the sofa. Gather it all up and toss it into the laundry hamper (bonus points if you go ahead and set the washer on a delay to be finished when you wake up in the morning!).
- If you’ve worked really quickly you may have time for one more task: head into the bathrooms and give the counters a quick wipe down. I like to use these antibacterial wipes on the counters for a super fast clean. You can do this on a rotation if you don’t have time to do every bathroom every night – take care of one each night and throughout the week you’ll be able to get each bathroom vanity clean a few times a week.
As soon as your timer goes off, finish whatever you’re doing and stop! The point of the daily cleaning routine isn’t to spend a ton of time on cleaning – it’s to spend just 10 minutes knocking out a few things that will make your life easier.
The first few times you do this, you probably will feel frustrated that you aren’t getting through as many tasks as you’d like. When we haven’t been in the habit of doing a quick cleaning sweep every night, the clutter quickly piles up and there’s way more than 10 minutes worth of work to do. But if you give yourself a week or so to catch up, you’ll get to a point where you’re able to fly through everything on the list in 10 minutes or less.
And, I know we’re all busy, but who doesn’t have 10 minutes to spare before you go to bed in the evenings?
I mean, I know that game on your phone is really engaging, but 10 minutes won’t kill you. Promise.
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