5 Quick Cleaning Projects in 20 Minutes or Less

From mopping bathroom floors to keeping clutter away, devoting just a few minutes of your day can keep your home in top shape.

By Reader's Digest Editors
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Got 20 Minutes?

Mop the bathroom floors

Grab a bucket and your favorite mop and give some TLC to your bathroom floors. Focus on corners and stuck-on materials first and then spread out to the cleaner parts of the room.

Got 15 Minutes?

Clean mirrors and windows in two rooms

Pick two rooms, bedrooms or sitting rooms, and focus on the windows. With glass cleaner in hand, start from the top and work your way down, making sure not to leave any streaks. For an old-fashioned trick, use newspaper to make the windows sparkle.

Got 10 Minutes?

Dust the living room

Electronics and lamps can get dusty quickly. Take a feather duster or dust-removing spray and get behind all of the nooks and crannies in your entertainment system and surrounding surfaces.

Got 5 Minutes?

Empty and replace trash bins

Grab a large garbage bag and go from room to room in your home and empty out trash bins.

Got 1 Minute?

Take dirty dishes to the kitchen

Grab all of the cups, plates, and rogue cutlery around the house and take them directly to the sink or dishwasher.

Plus:
13 Things Your House Cleaner Won't Tell You

Sources: 10 Golden Rules of Cleaning, Useful Items for Cleaning Almost Anything

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