Hello! This is Karissa from Fresh Start on a Budget, and I’m going to be sharing with you some of the ways you can quickly make a difference in how your home looks and feels in only 15 minutes or less.
Ever find yourself overwhelmed by your home and how much there is to clean and organize? I totally understand and feel the same way more often than I’d like to admit. While getting your whole house organized and clean can take you a long time and may feel overwhelming and daunting I bet you can spare just 15 minutes a day. That’s all these quick tasks will take you. If you commit to doing one task a day you will begin to see a massive improvement to your home in no time.
I believe that taking care of your home shouldn’t take all your time and that we need to manage our time more efficiently. That’s why I’m such a big fan of quick tasks. They make a big difference without taking over your schedule.
Clean out your junk drawer
I know you have one we all do. That one drawer where everything goes. Take 15 minutes and go through it and clean it out. Put things that don’t belong in there away and tidy up what goes in there.
Clean out under couch cushions and vacuum couch and under couch
I just moved and was appalled at how gross under my couch was when we moved it. It’s a quick task and one I need to make the effort to do. Sometimes you don’t think of these little things but they need to be done.
Organize your makeup and beauty products
You might not get this task all done in 15 minutes but imagine the progress you could make in 15 minutes. You can also do it in 30 minutes over two days. Throw out anything old or expired or no longer wanted or used. Then tidy up the rest.
Declutter your pantry
Your pantry is something I bet you and your family use on a daily basis. That means it’s probably pretty disorganized and in need of a clean up. So throw out old, expired and stale food. Then straighten cans, boxes and bags so it’s easier to see what you have and cleaned up.
Get rid of 15 things you know longer want/need from your closet
I’m a huge fan of regular purging of things from your home. Less stuff means less clutter and it’s easier to find things. So find 15 items from your closet to donate or trash.
Clean up and organize under the kitchen sink
Even though it’s not seen by many people having the under the sink area tidy will make it easier for you to find things under there when you need it. It will not take long and you will get a feeling of accomplishment when you go to get something from under the sink and it’s clean.
Tidy up your purse
While not technically a part of your home your purse is a part of your life and something you use often and is likely to be a mess most of the time. So go through your purse throw away trash, take things that don’t belong in it out and make it organized and clean.
Go through and clean out 15 toys your kids no longer need and donate them
If you have kids then you know that there are probably lots of toys you can donate or toss that your kids no longer need or use or are broken,missing pieces. If you don’t have kids than go through your own books and games and find things to get rid of. Either way you are getting rid of things you don’t need in your home.
Clean up the washer/dryer area
I don’t know about you but my laundry area gets so messy. Lent from the dryer, miscellaneous stuff found in pockets and trash from laundry soap and dryer sheets. So taking 15 minutes can make this area all cleaned up and ready for you to do your next load.
Go through a paper stack and file or toss
Do you tend to have a lot of paper piles in your home? Maybe on your kitchen counter, a table in your office. Paper tends to pile up. So take these few minutes and go through a stack. Throw out what’s garbage and file what needs to be kept.
Clean out your fridge
Here’s another area of your home that is used a lot and tends to get messy and could probably use a quick cleaning. Just do a quick toss of old stuff and give the shelves and walls a wipe down. It will make finding a snack or making a meal easier with a clean fridge.
Go through and organize your medicine cabinet
This task can easily be done in only 15 minutes. Just toss out what’s old and unusable. Wipe down the shelves and neatly store the rest. Also make note of what medicines and supplies you are low on or out of and need to pick up more of.
Clean off and wipe down kitchen counters
Cleaning off big spaces that take up much of a room can easily make a space look instantly more organized and put together. So picking up the kitchen counters and wiping them down will make your kitchen, a space you spend a lot of time in, so much cleaner.
Sweep and mop floors or vacuum
Take 15 minutes and work on your floors. This can either be sweeping and mopping your hard floors or using a vacuum and taking care of your carpets. Your floors get dirty often especially if you have kids and pets so spending a little extra time here will really help your home.
Dust your furniture
Depending on how much furniture you have you may be able to get a lot or most of your home dusted in 15 minutes. At least the main living spaces. Less dust will leave your home looking nicer and also help with allergies and sickness.
See none of these tasks are real hard and although you could spend more than 15 minutes on many of them Just one day of 15 minutes will make each of these areas of your home tidier and more organized. A more organized and clean home will leave you feeling less stressed and more at peace.
About the author:
Karissa is a mom, wife and new resident of Colorado after spending her life in California. She has a blog at afreshstartonabudget.com. Karissa is passionate about helping women to take care of themselves and live their best lives and then take practical steps towards making that life part of their everyday reality. To get more advice on becoming more productive sign up for her Free Productivity Course.