The Magic 15 Minutes
The 15 minutes to a clean home method changed my life.
Perfectionism meant that such a small amount of time could not accomplish anything.
Consequently, once I finally tried it, I realized that less really could be more. Working in small increments of time keeps me focused. The goal is not always to complete a task but to make improvements.
You can have a clean home by cleaning for fifteen minutes at a time.
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Below are the items I rely on while cleaning my home. I highly recommend all of them. One of the most important parts of a clean home is having the proper tools to complete the job.
Cleaning Tools for the Home
Microfiber Home Cleaning Set
I use a similar brand with the same concept as this cleaning set. The cloths have excellent reviews. Add this set to your cleaning line up today!
E-Cloth Deep Clean Mop
The E-Cloth mop works very similarly to the brand I use. Mopping is a breeze with this type. The concept is that you mop only with water because the cloth traps the dirt and bacteria. One amazing benefit is that you leave no residue behind that will attract more dirt and grime.
E-Cloth Deep Clean Variety Pack Microfiber Mop Head
Don’t forget the mopheads to go with the mop!
Method Antibacterial Toilet Bowl Cleaner
The Method Toilet Bowl Cleaner is my absolute favorite! No harsh chemicals but it does the job well and leaves behind a refreshing spearmint scent!
OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Squeegee
A good squeegee for the shower doors in your bathroom is a must. I use this very one and have seen excellent results. Use a squeegee on the shower doors, walls, and even the floor for the best results. This will cut down on cleaning time for your shower.
Toilet Bowl Brush and Holder Set
My toilet bowl brush is almost exactly like this one, just not the same brand. Silicone brushes are excellent because they are easy to keep clean and sanitized. I also prefer the way this brush is stored.
How Cleaning for 15 Minutes Works
Standing in the kitchen for long periods of time doing dishes is no fun. That is to say, I get bored and need to move on to something else.
Setting a 15-minute timer will give you focus and determination to get as much done as possible. As a result, after the 15 minutes are up, you 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, return to the kitchen for a second 15 minutes.
As a result of working 15 minutes at a time, you will have many tidy spaces.
Try 15 minutes at a time rather than cleaning from top to bottom and exhausting yourself.
Consequently, 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 cleaning for 15 minutes. 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.
If you are ready to clean and organize all the things, try my tips for decluttering your kitchen. It’s easier than you think!
- KonMari Method to Tidying Up and Organization
- How to De-clutter Your Kitchen
- How to Clean Stainless Steel in the Kitchen
Example of 15 Minute Tasks
Many tasks can be completed well enough in 15 minutes. However, the trick is to do less work daily by doing it more often.
For example, what happens to your boy’s bathroom when you neglect it for too long? As a result, 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 more manageable.
Wiping the toilet down daily means it stays pretty clean and never admittedly becomes the job we all dread.
Admittedly, the same is true for your shower in the bathroom. A good squeegee like the one I linked to above will keep your shower clean and shiny.
This method works for me because I would rather clean less and enjoy life more. Using 15 minutes at a time to clean helps make it a reality.
Set daily goals to help you stay focused.
For instance, 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.
So 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 you will be on your way to a clean and tidy house.
Things to Clean in 15 Minutes
- Load dishwasher
- Unload dishwasher
- Sort laundry
- Start a load of laundry
- Move clothes from the 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 the dog or other pets
- Wipe off bathroom sinks
- Sweep in the bathrooms
- Gather all the trash and put in the trashcan
- Sweep porch
- Sweep deck
- Clean trash from your car
- Vacuum the car
- Wash pots and pans
- Clean mirrors and glass doors
- File paperwork
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Above all, my savvy tip is to have the cleaning supplies you need in each bathroom. Keep a toilet brush in every bathroom as well as any cleaning supplies or rags required. If you have to go back and forth, you will waste your 15 minutes.
That’s all there is to it!
Don’t stress over getting everything done at once. Use 15 minutes at a time and you will be able to keep a clean home.