The 15 Minute Clean-Up

What would your house look like if you cleaned it for an extra few hours a week? It may be hard to even imagine this. It probably seems like you don’t have an extra two or three hours on your hands. What about 15 minutes? What if I told you that 15 minutes changed my world? And in the amount of time it will take you to look over this blog, yours can change too. Read on!

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Once upon a  time, my house was regularly a disaster. Certain people in my house were…less than tidy. Ok here’s the truth: sometimes it seems like people go thru the house tossing items over their shoulders like Hansel & Gretel as they go. It’s like they’re afraid they won’t find their way back to their room or something and so they need a trail.

Enter the 15 minute clean-up. One day I just set a timer and asked everyone to pitch in and just keep going until the timer went off. When I first started out, I made a short list of things that could be done. After awhile, it was easy for everyone to find something to do. 15 minutes may not seem like a lot, but if you multiply it by 4, 5, or 6 members of the family,  all of the sudden, you have an hour’s worth of work done. If you do this just two or three times a week, quite a bit of work will get done. If you somehow manage to find time every day, your place will be spotless!

Here’s a list of possibilities:

  • Sort thru that stack of papers that has piled up
  • Dust the living room furniture
  • Put dishes in the dishwasher (or take them out)
  • Clear a room of toys
  • Go thru a small collection of things to see what could be disposed of
  • Vacuum the main areas of the house
  • Vacuum or wash the kitchen floor
  • Put away clean laundry (or put a new load in)
  • Small children can pair socks
  • Wipe kitchen counters or table
  • Wipe inside of fridge
  • Strip beds and put sheets in washer
  • Clean microwave
  • Wipe down bathroom counter and clean mirror
  • Clean a half bath
  • General picking up–this is what usually needs done the most. Just make sure things get put back in their right places!

These are just a few ideas. If you have more–please list them in the comments below.

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