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10 Minute Spring Cleaning Guide
by Chris Malone,posted Mar 8 2013 4:51AM
Spring it just around the corner; actually 12 days from the official start (March 20) and that's when I'm bitten by the spring clean bug. Although we don't have long dreary winters we can still use spring as a timetable for a deep clean of your home. But it's a hard sell considering cleaning isn't a fun chore. So how about breaking it into a week and only spend 10 minutes a day! Now you're talkin'! Here's a guide from SheKnows.com on how to spring clean your home in steps (while getting the weekend off).
We can probably all agree that cleaning bathrooms is the worst, so let's get it over with first thing. Spend 10 minutes clearing off the countertops, cleaning the mirrors, scrubbing the toilets and polishing the sinks. We understand that if you have more than one bathroom it could be difficult to complete all this times three, so don't stress. If time runs out and you want to clean them all, go for it. If not, clean a different bathroom next week.
Assuming you keep up with dishes on a semi-daily basis this should be a cinch! So for this 10-minute cleanup, we're going to go a little deeper. Scrub the countertops, sweep and mop the floor, clean the outside of the refrigerator, and scrub the sink and oven top.
Wednesday: Living room
This is most likely going to be the messiest and most-used room in the house, so organization is key! Anything that doesn't belong in the living room should be placed in a box for later. If you go from room to room putting things away, your 10 minutes will be up before you even begin. Next, dust the blinds, television, end tables, coffee table and bookshelves, including photo frames and miscellaneous knickknacks. Brush off the couch, fluff all cushions and straighten any pillows or blankets. Finally, do a quick vacuum of the room.
Thursday: Master bedroom
Your bedroom is your sanctuary, so we want to do a good job of keeping this room clean. Start by throwing the sheets and pillowcases in the washer. Spend the next few minutes hanging up or folding any clothing that's out of place. Quickly vacuum the carpet (three minutes) and dust furniture and bookshelves (two minutes). Once the sheets have been washed and dried, make the bed as neatly as possible, including fluffing the throw pillows and placing them on their appropriate spots on the bed. There's nothing like crawling into a freshly made and washed bed at the end of a long day.
Friday: Kids' rooms
Since these rooms are consistently a mess, we saved them for last. Now, since it's Friday, we recommend having the kids do this so you can relax with your sweetie in peace for a few moments. Make it fun for them by setting the timer and having them clean their rooms as best as they can in 10 minutes. Celebrate by having their favorite dinner or watching their favorite movie that night. Kids are more inclined to clean if it's a race against the clock (and if there's a reward at the end)!
Here's a checklist:
Clear off countertops
Sweep and mop floors
Clean outside of refrigerator
Scrub sink and oven top
Wednesday: Living room
Place items that don't belong in the room in a box
Dust blinds, end tables, coffee table, television and bookshelves