Tame your chores in minutes

March 3, 2021
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By Julie Short

Mansfield Record

Pick one of the following chores based on how much time you have and what chore is most needed.

Five Minutes – Each of these chores can be completed in five minutes or less.

- Unload the dishwasher

- Load the dishwasher

- Sweep the kitchen

- Sweep the bathroom

- Mop a room

- Clean the microwave

- Windex the bathroom mirror/glass

- Start a load of laundry

- Move laundry from washer to dryer (about one minute)

- Fold/hang a load of laundry

- Wipe down the shower

- Wipe down the kitchen counter/sinks

- Empty all the trash cans

- Take the trash out

- Scrub a toilet

- Clean the tub

- Vacuum a room

- Clean sink/disposal

- Change the sheets on a bed

- Make the bed (about one minute)

Ten Minutes  - Each of these chores can be completed in about 10 minutes.

- Clean out the refrigerator

- Organize a cabinet of items

- Clean the oven (after timed cleaning with product or self-cleaning oven)

- Put away laundry

- Organize your pantry

- Wipe down all switch plate covers

- Sweep porches

Fifteen Minutes – Each of these chores can be completed in about 15 minutes.

- Dust all furniture

- Vacuum all baseboards with attachment

- Clean all mirrors

- Oil kitchen cabinets

Twenty Minutes – Each of these chores can be completed in about 20 minutes

- Vacuum a one-story house

- Clean the blinds

- Mop all floors

- Vacuum curtains/window treatments

All times are approximate. We don’t all fit in a neat little box but it will certainly give you an idea of how long it should be taking. You will see that taking care of things on a daily basis makes the chores much more manageable.

Julie Short has been married to her husband, Stoney, since 1997. She is currently working on a series of books known as Julie’s Simple Solutions. She is a Mansfield resident, business owner and member of the Mansfield City Council.

Find her book “Cleaning Your House in Minutes a Day” at https://www.amazon.com/Cleaning-Your-House-Minutes-Day/dp/1949563103

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