Clean Your Home In 15 Minutes A Day
Housework has a way of getting overwhelming quickly. You put a few things off and before you know it you’re facing hours of cleaning just to get it back to normal. But if you plan carefully and stick to a plan, you can get all of your basic housework done in only about 15 minutes a day, and keep it clean and company-ready all the time.
Start With A Baseline
You’ll have to do that deep cleaning before you start, because otherwise you’ll always be playing catch up. Set a day aside and clean your Nashville house from top to bottom. The weather in Nashville TN is so unpredictable, but 7 out of 12 months usually have a day or 2 that your able to open windows and air out your home! If you stick to the simple 15-minute-a-day plan from here on out, you’ll be able to keep up and not have to do as much deep cleaning through out.
Your Daily Fifteen
Make a list of the main cleaning jobs in your home.
These will usually include vacuuming/floor sweeping, cleaning bathrooms, dusting, washing floors and counters, and laundry. The things on your list may differ depending on the size of your home and how many people live there, as well as the type of flooring you have.
Select one or two things to do each day. Make the most of your time by some of our secrets so you are combining chores and minimal effort.
How It Looks
Something my wife and I have put into play since we moved to Murfreesboro TN is having a schedule, yes it is flexible and doesn’t always stay the same, but, it helps us stay on track!
For example we have a few small things daily so it doesn’t get as overwhelming.
Monday: Kitchen Clean Up
The weekends we tend to cook a lot, so our kitchen needs a little attention for the week.
Wipe countertops, sweep, and vacuum, shake out rugs, and take a quick inventory on food. How many leftovers are we storing, what can be thrown away, and what do we need for our week.
Tuesday: Bathroom Fun
A friend gave my wife great advice on bathrooms and that is keep your cleaning supplies in the bathroom Thank you Megan Overby!! If you have some spray cleaner, bleach wipes and paper towels, then you only need 5 minutes or so to wipe down counters, Windex mirrors and take out the trash. If you put toilet cleaner in the toilet before you start then after you’ve wiped counters its ready to be cleaned.
Wednesday: Dust/Vacuum Day
I love dust wipes. They are so easy and quick to use. Keep a few in each room and, once again, you have your supplies, so as you walk past the shelves in the living room you can do a quick fly-by with your dust wipes and, before you know it, everything is dust free. After you have dusted, do an overall vacuum of the house. If your home is 2 levels it’s really helpful to have 2 vacuums, or at least a dust buster on each floor. Split up the levels, so vacuum Lower level Wednesday and Thursday do the upstairs while your waiting on laundry.
Thursday: Sheet/Towel/Blanket Wash Day
Yes, these things take longer than 15 minutes overall, but not your actual time, just waiting to switch out loads and nothing is better than clean sheets, in my opinion, but if you wait till the weekend when the majority of laundry gets done, it takes up valuable washing time So, we like to knock these out on Thursday. Same thing with Blankets (we keep our furniture protected with blankets from our dog and toddler) and Towels. If you are like us and sometimes leave your sheets, towels, etc. in the wash too long, check out our post on how to get rid of that mildew smell. It is life changing and will be posted later this week. It’s a towel saver!
Friday: Anything Extra Day
Some weeks the bathrooms get forgotten about or the sheets don’t make it to the wash, so Friday is our make up day.
Weekends: Catch All
I hope everyone gets to spend their weekends with family and friends but if you’re like us we usually have a project or busy schedule. Use the weekends to finish up on anything extra and try to get some R&R or enjoy our beautiful city of Nashville TN!
Housework doesn’t have to be exhausting and eat up all of your valuable time. If you can just do a little each day, it is so much easier and you will always be ready when that neighbor, mother-in-law, or friend surprises you with a visit.
Hope this guide can help you and please send us any great cleaning tips and secrets your family uses!
The Doug Austin Team
Benchmark Realty, LLC