How to clean without losing a whole day
Daunted by the weekly cleaning drill? Lessen the load by splitting it up throughout the week. No matter how long you have, there’s a quick task you can complete to make the weekend’s work a little easier.
GOT 30 SECONDS?
Bathroom: Grab a pre-moistened cleaning wipe and scrub down the sink and faucet while you brush your teeth.
Bedroom: Toss dirty clothes in the hamper, rehang rejected outfits or tidy up the top of your dresser.
Living room: Pick up a load of things that don’t belong and take them where they ought to be (think: dirty dishes to the kitchen, kicked-off shoes to the bedroom).
Kitchen: If you can’t wash dishes right now, neatly stack them in the sink so they look more orderly.
Office: Wipe down your screen and keyboard for dust.
GOT 5 MINUTES OR LESS?
Kitchen: Take out the garbage or recycling. Still got time? Load a few items into the dishwasher or wipe down the counters.
Bathroom: You’ve got just enough time to spray the shower and wipe it down, then give the toilet a quick scrub.
Bedroom: Make the bed.
Office: Clear off your desk, file papers and discard or shred any trash.
Anywhere: Sweep an entire room. (Head to the kitchen or entryway first — they tend to need the most frequent maintenance.)
GOT 15 MINUTES?
Foyer: Organize a pile of mail and file it away. Neatly hang coats and line up shoes and boots, shake out the doormat and putaway anything else that doesn’t belong.
Living room: Dust off surfaces like a media cabinet or bookshelf and then vacuum.
Laundry: Fold a load of laundry and put it away.
Anywhere: Break out the bucket and mop. Since you’ve swept all week, the floors are already prepped for mopping.