I’m not really a big fan of cleaning.
Don’t get me wrong. I like it clean.
I like everything to be dust-free and put away and shiny and sparkling and in its place.
But the doing? The dusting and vacuuming and wiping and mopping and swishing and washing? That’s the part where cleaning and I part ways.
(total aside: have you ever noticed that vacuum is a really hard word to spell?)
And besides—it’s summer. Who has time for anything else besides reading books and eating corn on the cob?
So I’m giving cleaning five minutes. That’s it. That’s all I got.
And I put together a list for all of us—just in case you had five minutes, too.
Here are 10 things to clean if you only have five minutes.
1. Table and chair legs
Hello, beautiful. I’m looking at you and your cobwebs.
Set a timer. Take five minutes and a flour sack cloth and swipe down as many chair and table legs as you can.
Sometimes I use a spare sock with a little furniture polish for this, too.
2. Wipe down the refrigerator
This is mine.
Some people tell me they’ve never seen it on the blog.
Set your five-minute timer and wipe down as much of the fridge as you can. Open the doors. Wipe down the sides. Pull out the little tray where the ice maker is and discover an entire dirt colony you never knew even existed.
3. Wipe down mirrors and faucets
Don’t overthink this.
Just five-minute it.
I use a flour sack towel for this, too. My secret? I spray the cleaner onto the towel and then wipe. It makes everything go a little faster.
4. Wash extra serving platters and dishes
I eat off my dishes and I use them to decorate.
The regular dishes get washed, but all the other ones? The ones that sit under a pear on a nest? They just collect dust.
Take five minutes, gather them up and run a dishwasher load of decorating dishes.
5. Door knobs
Grab a flour sack cloth spritzed with a little cleaner and set your five-minute timer.
Then walk through your house and swipe all around the knob.
Not just the handle—that gets used.
Swipe around the edges and in the grooves and polish up all the sides where dirt can hide.
6. Clean out your silverware drawer
Have you ever opened your silverware drawer and averted your eyes?
Spoons and forks and bits of Cheerios all mixed up together.
Take five minutes and sort that mess out.
Take out the utensil holder. Place the silverware where it goes and wipe underneath the organizer.
Now it’s ready for company.
7. Wash out a trash can
(total aside: please note that this is a picture of my kitchen because I don’t think I’ve actually ever taken a picture of my trash can before)
Take the can outside. Spray the bottom of the trash can.
Let it soak for a couple of minutes (you only have five to work with).
Then take a hose and rinse it out.
8. Clean the ceiling fan
I found the best tool for this in the cleaning aisle at WalMart.
It’s round with bristles and it fits right over the blade of the fan.
Make sure your fan is off. Set your timer and slide the brush over each of the blades.
You may want to put a drop cloth below the fan to catch the dust.
9. Deep clean your sink
Set your timer for five minutes and give every minute to your sink.
Wipe down the handles.
Clean the grooves on the outside.
Take your sponge holder and clean every bit of it off.
Then give it one final wipe down with a dry towel to make it shine.
10. Change your sheets
You are probably on a regular sheet changing schedule.
Set aside a day of the week and five minutes and then switch everything out.
Wasn’t it easy?
It only took five minutes.
And now you can smile when you open your silverware drawer or look up at your ceiling fan or walk by your refrigerator or reach for a door knob.
Now go forth and enjoy summer.
PS Here’s one more for the road.
PPS If you have any other ideas for five-minute cleaning—-let’s start a list in the comments. 🙂