The Magic 15 Minutes
The 15 minutes to a clean home method changed my life.
My perfectionism meant that such a small amount of time could not accomplish anything.
Consequently, once I finally tried it, I realized that less really can be more. Working in small increments of time keeps me focused. The goal is not always to complete a task, but to make improvements. 15 minutes to a clean home is a possibility!
I do not like to stand in the kitchen for long periods of time doing dishes. That is to say, I get bored and need to move on to something else. Setting a 15 minute timer gives me focus and determination to get as much done as possible. After the 15 minutes are up I can move on to another task such as taking clothes out of the dryer or putting a load into the washer. Later in the day, I will return to the kitchen for a second 15 minutes.
As a result of working 15 minutes at a time you will have many spaces that are tidy.
Try 15 minutes at a time rather than cleaning from top to bottom and exhausting yourself.
Spend 15 minutes sweeping the floor or vacuuming if it applies.
You may not be able to pull out every piece of furniture and reach every corner this way. But even so, you will be able to make the floor look presentable. It doesn’t have to be perfect just clean enough for anyone that might stop by unannounced. This is the magic of 15 minutes to a clean home. There are times for deep cleaning, but in any case it seems like the middle of the week is never an ideal time for that.
Example of 15 Minute Tasks
Many tasks can be completed well enough in 15 minutes. The trick is to do less work daily by doing it more often. What happens to your boy’s bathroom if it is neglected for too long? The stink, the misses, and the mess all create a disaster zone. On the other hand, if you clean a little each day the job becomes easier. Wiping the toilet down on a daily basis means it stays pretty clean and never admittedly becomes the job we all dread.
Accordingly the same is true for the shower and bathtub. I bought a good squeegee to use on my shower after every use. It keeps the glass as well as the tile clean and free from soap scum or mildew. This task takes less than 15 minutes while also giving me a good leg workout. Bonus! This method works for me because of the fact that I would rather clean less and enjoy life more. Using the 15 minutes to a clean home method helps make it a reality.
Set daily goals to help you stay focused. Assign rooms to certain days of the week. Such as Monday is for cleaning the living room and Tuesday is for cleaning in the kitchen. Do what works for you. By the same token be willing to change things up if needed. Stick with the 15 minute increments for the simple reason that you will be on your way to a clean and tidy house.
In a related post, for even more tips, be sure to read how Evening Routines Tame the Morning Rush.
Things to Clean in 15 Minutes
- Load dishwasher
- Unload dishwasher
- Sort laundry
- Start a load of laundry
- Move clothes in washer to the dryer
- Sort the mail
- Make beds
- Clean toilets
- Vacuum the main living area
- Sweep the main living area and kitchen
- Pick up the main living area
- Clean cat littler box
- Clean up after dog or other pets
- Wipe off bathroom sinks
- Sweep in the bathrooms
- Gather all the trash and put in trashcan
- Sweep porch
- Sweep deck
- Clean trash from your car
- Vacuum the car
- Wash pots and pans
- Clean mirrors and glass doors
- File paperwork
My savvy tip is to have the cleaning supplies you need in each bathroom. This means a toilet brush in every bathroom as well as any cleaning supplies or rags needed. You can find my absolute favorite toilet bowl cleaner here. It smells so good that I don’t even mind cleaning the bathroom. This Antibacterial Bathroom Cleaner from Method is also great. I love the scent, as has been noted, but I also love how it disinfects against germs. With this in mind, Amazon has a great price for it right now so stock up! Save your sanity and keep what you need in each bathroom. If you have to go back and forth you will waste your 15 minutes.