By Julie Short
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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