Household Items That Can Be Cleaned in Five Minutes or Less

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Household Items That Can Be Cleaned in Five Minutes or Less

Busy week ahead of you with little to no time to spare for cleaning your home entirely? Never fear, a simple solution is here! If you’re steady on the go during the week and often stress over the mess you’ll have to clean up once a week is over, here are some simple ways to clean your home that only takes five minutes or less.

  1. Organize your junk drawer(s). Let’s face it, we all have one. Go through the drawer(s) and clean out items such as expired coupons, junk mail, old lists or notes, etc. Re-organize the drawer(s) so that all items are neat and easily spotted the next time you open the drawer(s). Don’t wait until there’s so much clutter the drawer(s) jam or refuse to close easily. This will create slight damage to the drawer(s) as well as cause a headache for you.
  2. Go through your shoe collection. Pick up all shoes left by the door, around your bedroom, or anywhere else in your home that isn’t the closet. Organize your shoes – some use a color scheme, some go by patterns, some go by usage (work, play, comfort), some go by seasons. If you’ve run out of room in your closet, consider purchasing a shoe rack so pairs aren’t cluttering up floor space around your bedroom.
  3. Tackle the sock drawer. Match pairs and keep them bundled together; toss socks that are missing their match.
  4. Slowly work on cleaning out your refrigerator and/or pantry. You can achieve this weekly by focusing on one shelf at a time. Organize the shelf, toss any expired items. If something hasn’t expired but you know you won’t use it, look into donating to a local food drive or shelter.
  5. Clean out the pile of magazines you’ve been collecting. Whether they’re on your coffee table, by your favorite reading chair, in the bathroom, etc. – if they’re not being read, they’re essentially just collecting dust and taking up space. Old issues can be recycled.
  6. Sorting through cables. Whether it’s the ones behind your TV or the ones underneath your computer desk, tangled wires can be dangerous and create quite a clutter as well as an eyesore. Take some time out of your day to sort through them, untangling them, and organizing them. Unplug anything you do not use on a regular basis so it’s not wasting power.
  7. Wash windows and doors. You’ll notice a change just by cleaning your windows or glass doors. A little sparkle goes a long way!
  8. De-clutter what’s underneath the sink. Empty out the trash can, wipe down the cabinets and all items stored under the sink. Organize your cleaning supplies, turn all labels facing you so they will be easy to spot when searching for them, and toss any old or empty bottles.
  9. Wipe down your appliances. Either using a cloth that’s been soaked in soapy water or a disinfectant wipe, clean the outside surfaces of your refrigerator, microwave, toaster, oven, and coffee maker. Don’t forget to clean the handles, as bacteria can easily collect in these areas due to cross contamination.