20 Spring Cleaning Tasks You Can Do in 1 Minute or Less
Spring has sprung, so it’s time to buckle down and clean up our spaces. You’ll love these quick, easy ways to make your home feel fresh and tidy—fast.
Fill your dishwasher—but not with dishes
Got a minute? Go around to each room in your house and gather up items you probably never clean, such as plastic toys, hairbrushes, and even flip-flops. Believe it or not, all of these things are dishwasher safe. Just toss them in your trusty dishwasher and let it work its magic—no matter how busy you are. Here are more spring cleaning tips to get it done faster.
Spiff up your space with a lint roller
Between soccer games, dance lessons, and PTA meetings, it’s tough to give our homes the deep clean they deserve. If you’re tight on time, take a lap around your home with a lint roller and run it over everything in sight. These handy gadgets can remove dirt and crumbs from couches, lamp shades, and any other hard-to-reach spots. Here are 9 more things you can clean in 5 minutes or less.
Destink your furniture
There are some household odors that even a heavy dose of Febreze can’t kick. Instead, sprinkle baking soda onto smelly carpets, upholstered furniture, or mattresses, and then leave it while you make dinner or fold laundry. Vacuum it up after 15 minutes, and your home will feel (and smell!) fresher almost immediately. Use this spring cleaning schedule to clean your whole house in just one day.
Search coat pockets and purses for trash
You use your coats and purses every day, but they are probably one of the last things you regularly clean. While you’re sitting in traffic or waiting for the oven to preheat, toss out any gum wrappers, old receipts, and other junk that have piled up over the months. You aren’t cleaning these 11 everyday items nearly enough, either.
Refold clothes in a messy drawer
Reorganizing your entire dresser probably seems like a daunting chore. But if you break it down into smaller, more manageable tasks, you might be more likely to get it done. Start by choosing one cluttered drawer and refolding all of the clothes inside. It will only take a minute, but you’ll be one step closer to getting your home in tip-top shape. While you’re at it, follow these folding tips to double your drawer space.
Move winter coats to off-season storage
No need to display bulky outerwear year-round. If the weather has recently warmed up, corral your winter coats and move them out of sight. You can box them up and put them in the attic, or simply hang them in the back of your closet. Either way, you’ll be thankful to have extra space for your spring and summer wardrobe. Learn more storage hacks to finally get organized.
Declog your showerhead
Has your shower’s water pressure seen better days? Here’s a handy hack: Fill a plastic bag with white vinegar, place it over the showerhead, and fasten it with a rubber band. Letting the bag soak overnight allows the vinegar to break down anything that blocks water flow. Your shower will work like new in no time (and you won’t have to lift a finger!)
Clean your car’s grimy cup holders
Say goodbye to the nasty layer of gunk inside your car’s cup holders. Months of soda spills and sweaty water bottles can be erased in one minute; just give each holder a quick scrub using Clorox wipes. Lazy people will appreciate these quick cleaning tips, too.
Toss that unsightly stack of magazines and newspapers
Not only is that huge pile of magazines gathering layers upon layers of dust, but it’s also a serious eyesore. As you take out the trash one night, bring the stack with you and toss it in the recycling bin. Trust us, your home will thank you. Try more tips to organize every room in your house.
Declutter your coffee table
Another fast way to tidy up a messy space is to clean one central item in each room, such as your coffee table. You can stash remotes in a drawer, gather small items into a classy bowl, and neatly arrange the other decor. Check out more effortless things clutter-free people do every day.