The first time I heard that you could quick clean your home in 15 minutes per day, I laughed out loud. While raising three children in a mess of a house, I felt like all I did was clean.
I thought it impossible to quick clean a house, especially with children. I was wrong.
Not only is it possible to quick clean your house, but it’s easier than I ever imagined.
The truth is that getting and keeping a clean home is simpler than you think.
Depending upon your personality type, you can do this as a challenge, to have fun, to support your family or to create an organized space that makes it easier to live the life of your dreams.
When I started this journey in 2002 with www.flylady.net , I had an immune compromised child who needed a clean, well run home to live in so he had the best shot at a healthy life.
I learned so much from my mentors back then. I modified what I learn and now share my quick clean tips so you can clean quickly and efficiently and get on to better things.
Think you can’t possibly clean your house in 15 minutes per day? I double dog dare you to try this method for a week and let me know how it goes.
Most people think that cleaning takes hours and you have to do it right or not at all. Others think that they’ve never been able to keep anywhere clean and neat before. How does 15 minutes make a difference?
If you follow what I teach you, I promise you’ll see progress. Practice this for 30 days and rejoice in the transformation.
The secret to quick clean success
The secret to quick clean success is consistency. Don’t you hate that? I originally wrote this post as part of a 1,000 word per day writing challenge.
For 30 days, we wrote at least 1,000 words per day, including weekends. Cue whining from this girl who loves her weekends.
I wanted to take weekends off and have some down time. I had internal temper tantrums about it, but I figured something out.
If you type 50 words per minute, the exercise only takes 20 minutes. Ouch!
I teach this stuff, and here I was still learning. Sometimes we have to see the same lessons in new ways to make it stick.
So why does this writing process take me several hours some days when the process itself only takes 20 minutes or so?
Perfectionism and procrastination.
Why do we procrastinate?
So often, we make the job bigger in our mind than it really is. I used to freak out about how much work goes into a finished blog post, or at least how much I thought goes into it.
At one point, I found a checklist of everything that goes into creating a successful blog post. I was intimidated by the long list, but as I looked at it, I realized nothing is difficult.
More importantly, each step gets easier the more you practice it, and before you know it, you can do them almost without thinking.
The truth is that the first time you do a few of the things on the list of daily tasks I’m going to share with with, you’ll think there’s no way you can get one of them done much less all of them.
Here’s a wonderful secret. You can’t get them all done in 15 minutes, and I don’t expect you to.
That’s exactly why you spend 15 minutes per day. You do some tasks daily, some multiple times per week and some occasionally.
Each is helpful, but not all of them are essential every day. Isn’t that awesome?
Even better, when you start doing some of them on a regular basis, you’ll realize how little time they take and then you can tackle something even bigger, decluttering.
Getting the quick clean support you need
At this point, I’m guessing some of you are thinking, “Let’s do this!”, “This sounds like fun!”, “This could really help me and several others” or “I need more details about this.”
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The email list and Facebook page are full of encouragement to create the home and life you dream of. Doesn’t that sound amazing?
There was a time I honestly didn’t believe that could happen.
When I was younger, people thought I was incredibly organized because I carried a planner everywhere.
Honestly, I used that planner to stay afloat. Without it, I forgot everything.
Through my son’s ADHD diagnosis I learned that apple didn’t fall too far from the tree, and my planner was a coping mechanism.
So is 15 minutes, but it’s a healthy and effective coping mechanism. My timer is like a friend who helps me get and keep my home clean.
The quick clean snowball effect
Finding the sweet spot is the one of the blessings of cleaning your house 15 minutes per day. Once you find and deal with the sweet spot, you’re on your way.
Are you ready to start?
It’s so simple, and I promise as these activities progress to practices and habits, so many other blessings will accompany them, and it will delight you in so many ways.
Below is a list of 15 Ways to Improve Your Home in 15 Minutes or Less. You can even print out your own copy by visiting our resource page after you sign up for our email community.
While most of the list is self explanatory, I added notes to highlight why each activity is important.
15 ways to improve your home in 15 minutes or less
Make your bed
Honestly, I can hear the eye rolls about this. I know all the excuses because I used them.
Yes, you get back into the bed every night, but you deserve a beautifully made bed rather than a hot mess of covers.
I don’t care if your spouse gets up after you, if your kids or dogs sleep with you or your cat unmakes at least part of it. Make your part of it.
If you don’t believe me, listen to a Navy Seal and Admiral talk about the importance of this one task.
Dressers, clothes and nightstands
Once making your bed becomes a habit, you’ll notice the clutter on your dressers and nightstands.
I bet most of the things that live there don’t belong. If they don’t have proper a home, do they really belong in yours?
Then there are the clothes. Honestly, clothes hoarding is a subject of its own.
It amazes me how many people have more clothes than they can fit in their dressers, and yet they don’t have anything clean to wear.
I challenge you to pick up the clothes on your bedroom floor and do one load of laundry per day, not 7 loads every weekend, unless you have to go to the laundromat to do it.
One load every day is magic and takes less than 15 minutes of hands on time to do a load. I’ve timed it.
To sort, switch from washer to dryer and fold takes less than 15 minutes. I’m serious. Try it yourself.
Let’s talk about the bathroom
Most people head to the bathroom when they leave the bedroom.
Before or after brushing your teeth and/or taking a shower, have you ever thought about giving it a quick wipe down?
I know you think you need at least 30 minutes to clean your bathroom because it’s so gross, but what if you started small and spent two to five minutes wiping down your sink and swishing your toilet with a toilet brush?
If you have a driven personality you will probably find this idea exciting. If you have a people orientation, you might struggle to think you can do this in such a short amount of time.
If you have a task orientation, you might struggle to stop at a few minutes, but I assure you this works.
Get a container of disposable wipes, a stack of rags that you keep under your sink or whatever works for you.
Do this daily and you will find you need fewer and fewer chemicals to get and keep your home clean.
Make sure you give those mirrors a shine so you can see your beautiful smile as the bathroom gets cleaner every day.
On to the kitchen
At some point during the morning, you head to the kitchen. How do you feel when you walk in there?
Is the sink full of dishes from last night or longer? Been there, and I cannot tell you how many times I had to reach through disgusting water or dishes to stop up or unstop my sink and start dish water.
Walking into a kitchen with a clean sink is a blessing you give to yourself and your family.
If you have a working dishwasher, you honestly have no excuse. Even if you take your time and dry all the dishes when you remove them from the dishwasher, it takes about five minutes, and yes, I timed this too.
If you don’t have a dishwasher, it’s a bit trickier to make sure you wash all the dishes because it’s so tempting to “soak” everything.
The way to make sure you avoid the morning muck in the sink? Set a timer, ideally in the kitchen that you have to get up to turn off. I use my microwave timer and it works so well.
If you do soak the dishes for 15-30 minutes, the washing takes little to no time. Time yourself and see what happens.
Your home’s sweet spot
I talk often about the sweet spot in your home, and mine is the kitchen table.
I spend time every day clearing things off of it and making sure that the table is ready for our family to eat, talk or play a game.
Do yourself the favor of finding your sweet spot and attending to it daily.
When you do this, it’s like magic.
Every pile in your sweet spot is a beautiful opportunity to address the important things in your life and get rid of the items that aren’t.
As you clear this spot or area, it positively affects other parts of the house. Like I said, magic.
Shoes and what to do with them
Let’s talk about shoes. Some households are no shoe homes. Some aren’t.
Either way, shoes seem to accumulate where people enter your home.
If you have a no shoes inside policy, create a space for shoes so they don’t clutter your entry way.
When our children were younger, we had a basket for jackets, coats, hats, backpacks and gloves and one for shoes.
While my children wouldn’t hang their coats and backpacks on hooks, they happily dropped everything into baskets, and our entryway stayed much tidier.
If your children drop everything when they come in the house, get some baskets or bins and let me know how it goes.
Remember the laundry
I’m going to remind you to fold and put away the laundry again.
Because you probably have multiple baskets filled with clean and wrinkled clothes.
Promise to do one basket per day either while watching a show or video or listening to your favorite music or podcast.
Make it fun and get it done. You’ll be glad you did, and I’ll bet you find you have more laundry baskets and clothes than you need.
This is the easiest and fastest way to start decluttering your home and clearing space.
Getting your people to help, 15 minutes at a time
One of the biggest challenges in keeping a home clean and organized is doing that while living with other people.
If you have children and your house is messy, no one in your home is trained to keep it tidy and clean.
It takes time, but with persistence, you can have the home you hope for, and your family can help you get there.
Have your children help put away games, toys and books. At first you’ll probably have to stand over them and micro manage, but eventually you can set a timer, and everyone will help.
I know this seems impossible, but my youngest ran the vacuum at three years old. My oldest cleaned bathrooms at 9. My middle washed dishes and loaded the dishwasher at 5 years old.
Did they do it perfectly? No they didn’t, but they helped, and they got better.
The other trick was making sure that we rotated tasks so those who were better at them could follow those who were less skilled.
IMPORTANT NOTE – Do NOT go back and redo what your children have done. Do not tell them, except when they first attempt a task, how they are doing it wrong.
I know this is difficult, but it’s worth it in the long run. I promise. Let them find their own way to successfully complete a task, even if it isn’t the way you would do it.
As one of my mentors, Marla Cilley used to say, housework done imperfectly still blesses your family.
Quick clean wins
Three tasks that get fast results are gathering trash, clearing tables clutter and vacuuming.
Do this at least a few times per week and no matter how bad your house is at the beginning, you can make a huge difference in a short amount of time.
Where to go from here
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