If you sat down and listed out everything in your house that needed to be cleaned, tidied, or organized, you would probably end up with a pretty long list! And reading over that list would feel discouraging to say the least, because it would seem like there’s simply not enough time in the day to complete all the tasks on that list!
But that list would also be somewhat misleading, because it wouldn’t reflect how much time each task would take you to do. And in reality, there are many, many cleaning tasks that don’t take much time at all, and at least a handful of those quick tasks only take about one minute to do! And to help prove my point, I’ll be sharing 13 of those one-minute cleaning tasks with you in today’s blog post!
This is not an exhaustive list of fast cleaning tasks by any means, but my hope is that it gets you thinking about how you use that spare minute or two you find throughout the day. Because devoting even one minute to cleaning something up not only makes a real difference, but it will also save you time and effort down the road! :-)
13 Things You Can Clean In One Minute
1. Your Phone
With as frequently as you check your phone and set it down on different surfaces, it’s subjected to a LOT of germs and bacteria. (A distressingly large amount of bacteria, in fact.) So the next time you have a minute to spare, it’s a good idea to give your phone a good cleaning!
Start by turning off your phone, then remove it from its case (if you use one). Clean the sides and back of your phone with clean cloth and a bit of rubbing alcohol, and wipe down your phone case inside and out. Finally, polish your phone’s screen with a dry microfiber cloth. (If your screen needs a more thorough cleaning, learn how to make your own screen cleaning spray at the link below!)
2. Make Your Bed
Smoothing out your sheets and blankets only takes a few seconds, but it makes such a huge difference! The simple act of making your bed can make the whole room look cleaner and tidier. Plus, I think it makes a big difference when you’re getting into bed too. (A bed with smooth sheets and blankets just looks so enticing, doesn’t it?
3. Your Fridge
Cleaning out your entire fridge will definitely take longer than one minute, but even a one-minute cleaning effort can help! If you have a minute to spare, take a look at the contents of your fridge and toss out anything old or expired. If something has spilled or splattered, dampen a paper towel with warm water and wipe it up. Even those two steps will make your fridge look much cleaner!
4. Makeup Brushes
Cleaning your makeup brushes is one of those tasks that seems like it’s going to take longer than it actually does. But even if you only have one minute to spare, you have plenty of time to clean one makeup brush! (Then the next time you have a spare minute, clean a different brush! You’ll work through your whole collection in no time.)
For details about the best way to wash your makeup brushes, check out the instructions that I provided in the blog post below.
5. TV Remote
The next time you’re catching up on your favorite shows, take a minute to clean your TV remote! Add equal parts water and rubbing alcohol to a small dish, then dampen a soft cloth with the diluted alcohol mixture. Use the damp cloth to wipe down your remote (but be careful not to get it too wet.) If there’s gunk and grime between the buttons of you remote, use a cotton swab to clean it out.
6. Coffee Table
If your coffee table is anything like mine, then it is mainly a gathering place for empty cups, junk mail, and dust. But it only takes a minute to get it cleaned up! Clear away any dishes, toss out any trash, and wipe off any dust and grime. Much better!
7. Kitchen Sink Drain
No matter how clean the rest of your sink is, your sink’s drain is often a different story! It can get really gross after a while, and even start to smell. But you can clean it up in under a minute! Use an old toothbrush (or a small scrub brush) along with a few drops of dish soap, and give the rubber drain guard a good scrub inside and out.
And while you’re at it, you can clean up your garbage disposal by tossing in a few lemon and vinegar ice cubes! Learn all about how to make them and how they can keep your disposal clean at the link below.
8. Light Switches
If you have a minute to spare, grab a disinfecting cleaning wipe (or spray a cloth with an all-purpose cleaner) and clean the nearest light switch. Take a quick lap around the house and hit all the other light switches along the way too.
Another quick whole-home cleaning task you can in one minute is wiping down all your doorknobs! Doorknobs are notorious for harboring germs, so taking a minute to wipe them clean can go a long way toward keeping you and your family healthy (especially during cold and flu season!)
Take a minute to tidy up your entryway. Hang up coats, hats, and bags, put discarded shoes where they belong, and sweep up any stray dirt or debris that has gotten tracked inside.
11. Laundry Baskets
I don’t know if this bothers anyone else, but I hate seeing the dust, hair, and other debris that tends to collect at the bottom of an empty laundry basket. But cleaning that debris out makes a great one-minute cleaning project! :-) Just dampen a cleaning rag and make your way around the house, wiping out the bottom of each basket.
12. Unload The Dishes
The worst part about seeing a sink full of dirty dishes is realizing that the dishwasher is still full of clean dishes. So if you have a minute to spare, go ahead and unload those clean dishes! It doesn’t take nearly as long as loading the dishwasher, and you’ll be thanking yourself later on when it’s time to load it up again!
13. Your Purse
If you have time for a one-minute cleaning project, why not clear some of the clutter out of your purse? Toss out any trash and anything you don’t need, and put things back in an organized manner. (And if you need some help keeping your purse organized, check out the great purse organizers listed at the link below!)
What would you clean or tidy up if you only had one minute to do it?