The weekend is finally here and you are exhausted from a busy week. You are looking forward to sleeping late and lounging around the house, enjoying your day off. However, the sink-full of dirty dishes is staring you in the face, the shower is in desperate need of a scrub, and the dust creatures under the couch are starting to growl at you. Oh well, looks like another Sunday will be spent cleaning the house again!
So many of us are so busy during the week that we leave our housework until our day off when we finally have time to commit several hours to giving the home a good clean. However, there is a clever trick to remember that will help you keep your home clean throughout the week and reduce the amount of time you have to spend scrubbing and dusting on your precious days off.
The Five Minute Tidy
The Five Minute Tidy is the idea of taking advantage of any small burst of time within your day, even if it is only five minutes, to clean or tidy something in your home. There are many moments throughout our day to day lives when we are waiting around for a minute or two, whether it is for our dinner to heat up in the microwave, for the computer to boot up, or between commercial breaks during our favourite show. If you can take advantage of these small moments, you can keep your house tidy through a serious of many short cleaning sessions rather than one big one on the weekend.
You can do a five minute tidy in any room, but here are some ideas for the kitchen and the bathroom, two of the most daunting rooms to clean!
Five Minute Kitchen Tidy Ideas
Waiting for the popcorn to pop? You can:
- Wipe down all counters and surfaces.
- Clean the food from the oven elements.
- Sweep the kitchen floor.
- Open up the fridge and throw away anything that has expired.
- Wash and put away a few dishes.
Five Minute Bathroom Tidy Ideas
Waiting for your bath to run? You can:
- Wipe the toothpaste stains from the sink.
- Clean the bathroom mirror.
- Organize the bathroom cabinet.
- Scrub the toilet.
- If you are taking a shower, you can even take a bottle of shower cleaner with you and give it a spray as you are getting out!
If you can get in the habit of doing a five minute tidy whenever you find a spare moment, when the weekend rolls around you will discover that you won’t need to spend your entire day off cleaning because everything will already be done!