3 Steps to Keeping Your Home Clean in 10 Minutes a Day

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Cleaner homeThere is something special about walking in the door after a long day at work and seeing a well-kept home. In fact, studies show a cluttered home can increase stress and guilt while decreasing creativity and productivity. Keeping your home clean isn’t just about presentation, it’s about your mental health too! Unfortunately, many of us find it hard to set aside hours of time to clean in our normal schedule, so the mess and the stress continue to pile up over time. Rather than spending all of your free time cleaning and organising, make the most out of your small windows of time every day! We’ve compiled a list of ways to keep your home clean in just 10 minutes a day. These tips will help you maintain order in your home and help to keep it a welcome and warming space.

 

Step 1: Deep Clean Your Home

The 10-minute method is based off of starting with a clean slate and maintaining it through short periods of cleaning. That means in order for your home to be spotless all the time, you’ll have to start by dedicating a few hours to deep cleaning your whole home. You can knock this out in one day or spread it out over the course of a week, but don’t go longer than that — you may lose your momentum! Prioritise cleaning and organising, but if you have the time and motivation, consider a deep dive into decluttering your home as well.

 

Use this checklist for your initial deep clean:

 

Living room, sitting room, bedrooms

  • Dust all surfaces (including light bulbs, shelving, blinds, ceiling fans, etc.)
  • Vacuum furniture and rugs
  • Clean windows and mirrors
  • Remove fingerprints and shoe scuffs (light switches, baseboards, etc.)
  • Sweep/vacuum and wash floors

 

Water Closet

  • Disinfect countertops, toilet and shower
  • Dust all surfaces (including light bulbs, blinds, ceiling fans, etc.)
  • Clean windows and mirrors
  • Remove fingerprints and shoe scuffs (light switches, baseboards, etc.)
  • Sweep/vacuum and wash floors

 

Kitchen

  • Disinfect countertops and sink
  • Dust all surfaces (including light bulbs, blinds, ceiling fans, etc.)
  • Clean windows
  • Degrease and clean appliances
  • Remove fingerprints and shoe scuffs (light switches, baseboards, etc.)
  • Sweep/vacuum and wash floors

 

Step 2: Find Your Daily 10 Minutes

Once your home is clean, it’s time to reflect on that busy schedule of yours. Decide on what window of time will work best for you and keep you on a successful path to keeping your home clean and organised. Start by writing down your schedule from last week and this week. If you have a job with a consistent schedule, you should be able to pick out a time gap easily. If you don’t, here’s your chance to get more creative! Look for windows of opportunity to squeeze in the cleaning tasks while you’re doing something else. Waiting for coffee to brew? Time to clean! Want to deep condition your hair? Run some coconut oil through your locks and let it sit for 10 minutes while you dust some shelves, then hop in the shower after. The biggest deterrent that people have from cleaning their homes is the false belief that they simply don’t have the time for it. What they really don’t have is the open mindedness to find time while doing things they usually do anyways!

Tip: Put your 10 minutes on a calendar and treat it like an appointment that cannot be missed. Set a timer on your phone for 10 minutes so you won’t get distracted by other pending tasks and can focus on the one at hand until the buzzer goes off.

Step 3: Personalise Your Cleaning Schedule

Every home is different, so find a routine that works best for you and your space, whether it’s tackling all the dusting one week or focusing on a single room. If you’re unsure where to start, begin with this 30-day outline and personalise it.

 

Day 1: Clean bathroom counters, toilets and mirrors.

Day 2: Scrub showers and/or tubs.

Day 3: Sweep and mop bathroom floors.

Day 4: Dust surfaces in living room and bedrooms.

Day 5: Vacuum/sweep floors in living room and bedrooms.

Day 6: Organise bedroom closets.

Day 7: Dust and vacuum/sweep entryway.

Day 8: Deep clean kitchen (e.g. scrub sink, wipe down appliances, etc.).

Day 9: Sweep and wash kitchen floor.

Day 10: Clean surfaces of extra rooms (e.g. office, play room, laundry room, etc.).

Day 11: Dust blinds and windowsills.

Day 12: Clean kitchen food pantry.

Day 13: Clean storage closet or junk drawer.

Day 14: Deep clean one item (e.g. stove, microwave, light fixtures, etc.).

Day 15: Sweep and mop any floor you may have missed (like the extra rooms).

Day 16: Clean bathroom counters, toilets and mirrors.

Day 17: Scrub showers and/or tubs.

Day 18: Sweep and mop bathroom floors.

Day 19: Bonus day — clean whatever area needs the most attention!

Day 20: Wipe down any outdoor furniture.

Day 21: Dust and vacuum/sweep entryway.

Day 22: Clean surfaces of extra rooms (e.g. office, play room, laundry room, etc.).

Day 23: Deep clean kitchen (e.g. scrub sink, wipe down appliances, etc.).

Day 24: Sweep and wash kitchen floor.

Day 25: Clean interior of windows.

Day 26: Deep clean living room (e.g. baseboards, scuffs on floor and wall, etc.).

Day 27: Clean refrigerator.

Day 28: Deep clean one item (e.g. stove, microwave, light fixtures, etc.).

Day 29: Clean entryway closet (e.g. organise hats, gloves, shoes, hangers, etc.).

Day 30: Remove trash and dust and vacuum the interior of your car.

 

Barbara Davidson

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Babs is a Senior Content Writer and financial guru. She loves exploring fresh ways to save more and enjoy life on a budget! When she’s not writing, you’ll find her binge-watching musicals, reading in the (sporadic) Chicago sunshine and discovering great new places to eat. Accio, tacos! 

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