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5 Small Chores: Tidy When You Don’t Have the Time

Here’s something you probably could have guessed: I hate cleaning.
I like my home to be clean and I love the warm feeling in my heart when I have conquered a huge pile of clothes or dishes, but getting into the mood to actually get to the cleaning is the problem.
Nick Miller Too Much Responsibility
I have devised a short list of easy tasks that can be used when, for instance, you have a busy week and almost no time to come home and reset, but the mess is piling up and you need some relief. If you complete these small tasks, you can rest easy in a tidy space even though you can’t dedicate the time required to really get in there and clean things up.
5 Small Chores: Tidy When You Don't Have The Time |
1. Make the bed.
The bed is typically the largest item in a bedroom, so by making it you create the illusion that the bedroom is clean even if you have a pile of clothes lying on the floor.

2. Put dirty dishes in the dishwasher or stack them neatly in the sink.
Walk through the house and gather up all the dishes and get them off the counters and into the dishwasher (bonus points if you fill it up and run it). For those of you that don’t have the luxury of a dishwasher, rinse the dishes to get them at least most of the way cleared off and strategically stack them in the sink so they fit together and take up less space.
5 Small Chores: Tidy When You Don't Have the TimePlus, this really streamlines things for when you do have time to get to hand-washing the dishes, they’ll already be rinsed off and ready to go.

3. Take out the trash/recycling. 
Especially if your trash can is not tucked away in a cabinet, this is really crucial. Having a full or over-flowing trash can is not a pretty sight. Take a minute to run the trash (and recycling!) from all of the receptacles in the house out to the dumpster. Maybe get a candle burning in the house while your at it because they smell amazing and will mask any lingering scent of garbage and they give the home a nice warm, cozy feel.

4. Scrub the toilet bowl with a scrub brush.
We all know what a toilet that has not been cleaned out looks like. Just say no to icky toilet bowls and do a quick brush over with your toilet scrubber. You don’t even need to add soap or bleach for this quick job, so long as the bowl is clean and shiny afterwards.

5. Pick up odds and ends off the floor. 
This one makes a huge difference. When stuff is not littering the floors, everything looks and feels so much cleaner. It helps if you at least toss your random stragglers in whatever space they will need to be dealt with later in. Trash in the trash, dirty laundry in the hamper, clean clothes on the pile in the bedroom, etc. That way you don’t create another random pile of everything that you’ll need to sort through when you next have the time to do a real serious clean up of your home.

Nothing left to do now except CHILL.
couch relax
Until next time, cheers!


7 comments on “5 Small Chores: Tidy When You Don’t Have the Time

  1. Ali WIlkinson
    August 11, 2015

    The endless battle over the mess. Sigh.


  2. Ali WIlkinson
    August 11, 2015

    To continue that thought – I think the biggest difference in our house is picking up – since we constantly have crayons/pencils/books everywhere. Hopefully one day I will get on top of it!


  3. errely
    August 11, 2015

    Now this sounds manageable!!!


  4. aubrielegault
    August 11, 2015

    I actually do all these! We make the bed every morning… and the couple of things I try to stay on top of are the dishes and scrubbing my toilet. You never know when someone will pop in and need to use the bathroom. 🙂


  5. Marlynn Jayme Schotland
    August 12, 2015

    I’m constantly picking up & washing dishes after everyone in the house. I never make my bed, though. I know everyone says that’s the first and easiest thing to do, but it’s like my own little rebellion for having to clean so much else in the house all day long, and really, no one sees the bed! 😉


  6. Geoff (Steep Stories)
    August 14, 2015

    Also, spoken as a current housekeeper, I can say this – make a purchase of a good fabric freshener. Nothing says “clean” like the SMELL of clean.


  7. Renée ♥
    August 14, 2015

    It is a never-ending battle, but you’re right – little things matter. A freshly made bed with clean sheets can make all the difference.


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