How to Keep Your Apartment Clean in Just 10 Minutes a Day
Have you ever found yourself going into the weekend excited for the relaxation and recreation ahead, only to remember that your apartment is less than tidy, maybe even pretty messy and dirty? You told yourself you’d tackle the bathrooms on Tuesday, but the task seems to have slipped through the cracks, along with the vacuuming, dusting and that pile of dishes that’s taunting you from the sink. That relaxed feeling starts to slip away as you realize you’ll now have to spend Saturday cleaning instead of enjoying your weekend.
If that sounds all too familiar, here are some tips to help you stay ahead of the mess and give you back your free time in as little as 10 minutes a day.
Start a Cleaning Routine
Depending on your space, this may become 20 minutes a day or you may be able to get away with as little as 5 minutes a day. Don’t get too caught up on the exact time spent. The most important part of this concept is to set up a routine that helps you stay on top of messes and clutter rather than letting it pile up and become a more burdensome task.
Stick to the Same Time Each Day
Pick a set time of day to do your 10 minutes of cleaning so that it becomes routine and dependable. Are you a morning person who has the time to get it out of the way before the day gets started? Would you rather tackle it right when you get home from work or after the kids have gone to bed? Are there certain tasks you’d rather tackle first thing and others you’d prefer to save for after dinner? It’s entirely up to you, but try to keep it consistent from week to week so that you come to expect and anticipate the task for that day.
Ask for Help
Don’t go it alone! If you have roommates or family members living with you, get them in on the 10 minutes a day plan and you’ll find you may be able to go beyond just the basics to really tackle big projects, even if it’s in 10-minute installations.
The schedule outlined below is merely a suggestion and may be modified to meet your household needs. For instance, if you have pets, you may want to vacuum more than once a week, and if you don’t cook often, you may not need to dedicate as much time to cleaning your kitchen.
Monday: Return Everything to Its Proper Place
Start the week off by doing a quick walk around your apartment, picking up any misplaced items and returning them to their proper place.
Tuesday: Dust and Clean Surfaces
Now that you’ve returned any misplaced items to their proper places, you won’t have to work around as much surface clutter and should be able to dust and wipe down most surfaces rather quickly. You may want to consider using a small basket to group dusting and surface-cleaning items together, making it easy to quickly place your hands on the tools you need to complete your cleaning task for the day. Surfaces to cover on a weekly basis include kitchen counters, end tables and coffee tables, while items that may be able to be cleaned less often include windowsills, cabinet surfaces, mirrors, artwork and the corners where your walls meet the ceiling.
By midweek, it’s likely that your floors are ready for a quick cleaning. You’ve picked up any stray items taking up space on the floor and have dusted all of your surfaces, so now it’s time to vacuum or sweep. Depending on your household needs, this may be a great time to mop as well, but for others, mopping may be able to be done less often.
Thursday: Bathroom Wipe Down
Bathrooms deserve a periodic deep clean. However, you can get a good jump start on a deep cleaning by keeping up with the little messes. Try taking the time each week to quickly wipe down and disinfect sinks, countertops, mirrors and toilets.
Friday: Get Organized
Getting organized may seem like a time-consuming task, but in keeping with the theme of this cleaning schedule, a little maintenance goes a long way toward making any of these cleaning and organizing tasks less daunting in the long run. To help maintain organized spaces throughout the year, take the time each week to organize (or reorganize) a small area like a drawer or cabinet. This could be as simple as clearing out the silverware drawer and tossing or relocating anything that doesn’t belong or giving the medicine cabinet a good wipe down and tossing any expired items.
Cleaning up may not top your list of exciting ways to spend your free time. But, taking as little as 10 minutes a day to tidy up could help free up your weekends to enjoy some well-deserved relaxation and time with friends and family.