Imagine this scenario: A friend calls on a Wednesday evening saying she's in the neighborhood and would love to stop by and chat for a bit. You say "Sure!" but on the inside are freaking out. She'll be here in about 10 minutes and your house is a disaster. Quickly, you hang up the phone and enter panic-cleaning mode. The 10 minutes are up, you hear a knock at your door and take a look around your place, beyond impressed with your abilities to make your house look spick-and-span in a matter of minutes. This has happened to us all, right? For a clean house at all times — not just minutes before someone's coming over — we've created a 10-minute spring cleaning guide just for you. Bonus: You get the weekends off!
Before we begin, we recommend setting a timer for 10 minutes before beginning each task. When the time's up, you can decide to either be done or continue cleaning. It's up to you and your schedule for the day.
We can probably all agree that cleaning bathrooms is the worst, so let's get it over with first thing. Spend 10 minutes clearing off the countertops, cleaning the mirrors, scrubbing the toilets and polishing the sinks. We understand that if you have more than one bathroom it could be difficult to complete all this times three, so don't stress. If time runs out and you want to clean them all, go for it. If not, clean a different bathroom next week.
We're assuming you keep up with dishes on a semi-daily basis, right? So for this 10-minute cleanup, we're going to go a little deeper. Scrub the countertops, sweep and mop the floor, clean the outside of the refrigerator, and scrub the sink and oven top.
This is most likely going to be the messiest and most-used room in the house, so organization is key! Anything that doesn't belong in the living room should be placed in a box for later. If you go from room to room putting things away, your 10 minutes will be up before you even begin. Next, dust the blinds, television, end tables, coffee table and bookshelves, including photo frames and miscellaneous knickknacks. Brush off the couch, fluff all cushions and straighten any pillows or blankets. Finally, do a quick vacuum of the room.
Your bedroom is your sanctuary, so we want to do a good job of keeping this room clean. Start by throwing the sheets and pillowcases in the washer. Spend the next few minutes hanging up or folding any clothing that's out of place. Quickly vacuum the carpet (three minutes) and dust furniture and bookshelves (two minutes). Once the sheets have been washed and dried, make the bed as neatly as possible, including fluffing the throw pillows and placing them on their appropriate spots on the bed. There's nothing like crawling into a freshly made and washed bed at the end of a long day.
Since these rooms are consistently a mess, we saved them for last. Now, since it's Friday, we recommend having the kids do this so you can relax with your husband in peace for a few moments. Make it fun for them by setting the timer and having them clean their rooms as best as they can in 10 minutes. Celebrate by having their favorite dinner or watching their favorite movie that night. Kids are more inclined to clean if it's a race against the clock (and if there's a reward at the end)!
And you'll see personalized content just for you whenever you click the My Feed .
SheKnows is making some changes!