As we emerge from quarantine into a busy summer, home cleaning projects don’t have to take a backseat to summertime fun. Instead of an all-day deep cleaning project, why not take on a few smaller projects with the time you have?
Ready to clean by the clock? Here are some around-the-home cleaning projects to tackle, based on the amount of time you have.
20 Minutes Or Under
Quick cleaning projects are sometimes the most satisfying — spending just a few minutes on a project can give you a fulfilling result that you’ll be able to feel good about all day. Here are a few ideas you can tackle in 20 minutes or under:
- Declutter. Small decluttering projects are a great way to make a big difference in a small amount of time. Pick a small area in your home — a kid’s room, a pantry, or an office file cabinet — and focus on organizing and purging unnecessary items. Organizing when you can, and tackling one small area at a time is a great way to avoid decision fatigue and keep your focus sharp so that you’re making great decisions about what to keep and what can go. And, the rewards of decluttering are instant; throwing just one or two items away is a project that takes only a few minutes, and which can make your whole room seem cleaner, brighter, and more organized.
- Clean the microwave. It takes only a few minutes to clean the microwave, but if you’re like me, it’s the step you most often skip when cleaning up the kitchen. Fill a microwave-safe bowl halfway with water, and add a few tablespoons of white vinegar. Microwave on high for three to four minutes, allowing the steam to fill the microwave. Then simply wipe out the inside of the microwave with a sponge or soft cloth. The outside of the microwave can also be quickly and thoroughly cleaned with a spray of vinegar and a soft cloth.
- Dust. If you’ve got 20 minutes, you’ve got time to take a soft cloth or eco-friendly microfiber duster to the most high-traffic areas of your home. While you might not have time for an intensive cleaning, even a quick dry dusting can make your home seem cleaner and brighter. And, when you do have time for a deep cleaning, the project will seem easier if you’ve been regularly tackling the job when you have a spare few minutes.
- Take out the trash and recycling. Emptying wastebaskets and recycling bins and taking out the trash is a great, quick way to make your home look and smell cleaner in a snap. We tend to put these tasks off, but making sure they’re part of your routine even when you only have a moment ensures that trash doesn’t pile up.
- Sanitize door knobs, light switches, and touch points. We might not all be in the midst of COVD-era disinfecting, but five minutes or less is all you need to disinfect your knobs, pulls, remotes, and other common germy touchpoints.
- Put the dishes away or pick laundry up off the floor. Simply getting a few things “out of sight, out of mind” can be a great first step toward making your whole home feel cleaner and more tidy.
Half An Hour
30 minutes is the perfect amount of time to tackle a quick sweeping or vacuuming task — so turn to your floors! Choose a room or two at a time, and grab the broom or vacuum to pick up any dust, pet hair, or tracked-in dirt. Vacuuming and sweeping regularly makes your home look and smell fresher, and can even help to keep seasonal allergies at bay.
Half an hour is also a great amount of time to tackle a small bathroom. Start by applying your favorite eco-friendly cleaner to the hardest-to-clean areas like the toilet and bathtub and allow them to soak, and clean your mirrors, vanities, and countertops while you wait for your cleaner to do its magic. By letting my cleaning solution sit while you work on the easy parts of the room, you’ll generally find that you need to do less scrubbing. While cleaning the bathroom often seems like an hours-long chore, working smarter, not harder, can make it feel like a breeze.
If you’ve got an hour to dedicate to cleaning, the best place to start is the kitchen. The kitchen has the widest variety of surfaces to clean — after all, it’s both the hottest and the coldest space in your home. The kitchen is also the place where it’s most important to get cleaning right; you want to sanitize properly, and make sure your space is free of grime and germs.
Start by cleaning out the fridge and putting the shelves in hot, soapy water. While your shelves are soaking, use the top-to-bottom approach — first, dust cabinets and the top of your fridge, and then clean counters with your favorite eco-friendly cleaning products. For most kitchen surfaces, you can use vinegar, baking soda, or both for most surfaces. Use caution, though! Vinegar is acidic, and can etch some countertops. Always test a small spot before applying any new cleaning product to your counters, and when in doubt, use a product that is labeled safe for your countertops.
Once you’ve thoroughly cleaned and sanitized your countertops, you can wash and dry your fridge shelves and get the refrigerator cleaned and organized. Finally, tackle your floors with your favorite eco-friendly floor cleaner.
More Than One Hour
If you’ve got more than an hour to dedicate to a task, this is the time to break out the big guns and tackle the largest projects in your home — the kinds of projects that tend to be put off the most.
For example? Carpet cleaning is one of those big projects we all seem to postpone as long as possible. If your carpets desperately need some TLC, but you’re concerned about the harsh chemicals in commercial carpet cleaners, don’t worry! There are plenty of eco-friendly alternatives. While vinegar might get your carpets clean, it can often leave behind an unpleasant odor. Consider adding an eco-friendly cleaning solution to your carpet cleaner.
For other large cleaning projects, such as decluttering an overstuffed office, or clearing out an unloved basement or garage, make sure to set yourself up for success! Before you begin, make sure you have all of the tools you need to organize the space, including organizing bins in various sizes, labels so you’ll never have to dig through every bin to find what you need again, and all the eco-friendly cleaning products you’ll need. Break your task down into bite-sized pieces, and only tackle what you feel comfortable with. Don’t worry — that project will still be there the next time you find yourself with a spare hour or two!
Some less-common, time-intensive tasks you can finally get done with free time might include:
- Clean the floors underneath your bulky furniture items and appliances
- Get the dust from the hard-to-reach spots above your cabinets, ceiling fans, and light fixtures
- Clean your trim and baseboards
- Spot clean your pots, pans, and glassware
- Thoroughly clean your balcony or patio areas
- Wash your houseplants
Looking for a few other big projects to consider adding to your list? Check out our guide to turning a long weekend into a major cleaning blowout.
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