5-minute pick-me-up: Tips to tidy your home 5 minutes at a time

Picture this: You are about to rush out of the door to pick up the kids from school, and you miraculously find yourself with a rare 5-minute window of “spare” time. You look around and feel a bit frazzled.  There is always so much to do and so little time.  Always something to clean…

What if we told you that those 5 minutes could be the key to transforming your home from chaos to calm? And, that you can challenge yourself to do at least one 5-minute clean per day to have the peaceful environment you have been dreaming of?  Buckle up and get ready for a whirlwind adventure through quick and effective 5-minute cleaning tips that will leave you feeling accomplished — and your home looking spick-and-span!

First up, your “5-Minute Kitchen Cleanse.”

Start by tackling the kitchen. Clear the countertops of clutter and wipe them down with your choice of cleaning product or essential oil on a damp cloth.  (Jade Bloom offers a wonderful line of essential oils and products to address various cleaning needs). Quickly wash any dishes in the sink or load them into the dishwasher. Sweep or spot-clean the floor to whisk away any crumbs or spills.  And, take the trash out on your way out the door!

You can also scrub the surfaces in your home in 5 quick minutes.

Grab a microfiber cloth or disinfectant wipes, and give all the surfaces in your home a quick wipe-down. Focus on frequently touched areas like doorknobs, light switches, and remote controls. You will be amazed at how much fresher your home feels with just a few minutes of attention.  The visible change will also boost your mood.

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The 5-Minute Bathroom Clean will leave you feeling productive and more relaxed knowing one of the most important areas in your home has been given some TLC.

In the bathroom, quickly spritz the sink, toilet, and shower with a multi-purpose cleaner. Give them a brisk wipe-down with a sponge or paper towel.  (We suggest keeping a roll in your bathroom especially for cleaning purposes). Replace any empty toilet paper rolls or hand towels, fluff up the bath mat for an added touch of freshness, and clean the bowl of your sink(s). Remove any trash from trash cans, and then spray window cleaner on your bathroom mirrors to officially “clear your view.”  You will be glad you did.

This 5-Minute Utility/Mud Room Clean will leave your atmosphere feeling less cluttered and more peaceful.

Utility and mud rooms can easily become “catch-alls.”  Just 5 simple minutes spent on organizing your utility or mudroom area can make a huge difference. Clear away any shoes, jackets, or backpacks cluttering the space. Tidy up any shelves or storage bins and ensure everything is in its designated place.

Make sure all dirty clothes are in laundry hampers and ready to be washed — and that all clean clothes have been put away properly.  When you leave clean clothes unfolded, it takes up too much of your mental space and visually adds more stress to your day.  So, just take a few minutes and… get. it. done.

The 5-Minute Living/Family Room Clean can help your home feel more cozy and inviting.

Straighten up the living or family room by fluffing cushions and folding blankets. Clear away any toys, books, or clutter from surfaces. Grab a duster or a lint roller and quickly remove dust or pet hair from furniture.

End with a quick sweep or vacuum.  After all, this is the place your family unwinds at the end of a long day.  Make sure it promotes peace rather than chaos.  And, when you have a bit more time, check out these amazing vacuuming tips!

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A bedroom can also be tidied in 5 fast minutes.

In the bedroom, make your bed and fluff up the pillows for an instant transformation.  (It’s even better if you do this when you first wake up). Then, you will have started the day being productive and immediately checking something off your to-do list.  And, let’s face it: sometimes the small wins are exactly the motivation we need to make it through an inevitably long day!

Next, take a quick pass with a handheld vacuum or broom to whisk away any dust bunnies from the floor, and return any misplaced items to their proper places.  Open your curtains to let in some of that Vitamin D and take a look around at a job well done.

A 5-Minute Home Office Clean will give you room to work — and eliminate more unnecessary stress.

Tidy up your home office by clearing your desk of unnecessary papers and clutter. Organize your stationery and supplies and consider investing in a paper shredder. Quickly wipe down your computer screen, keyboard, and mouse for a clear workspace.

For a special touch, hang pictures that make you happy; showcase some of your favorite quotes to stay inspired when you work; use brightly-colored office supplies; consider keeping a comfortable blanket nearby; and, turn on some background music!

The 5-Minute “Front Door-Foyer-Back Patio” Clean can help set the tone of your home each time you enter.

Spruce up your entryway by giving the front door a quick wipe and ensuring the doormat is clean and inviting. Sweep or mop the foyer area to remove any dirt or debris. If you have a back patio, quickly brush off any leaves or dirt, ensuring it is ready for your next outdoor gathering. Add some quick, easy-to-maintain seasonal decor to the area (such as a beautiful wreath or plant), and you will be all set.

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Now when you rush out the door to pick up the kids, you can take a moment to appreciate the mini transformation you are able to accomplish in just 5 minutes.

You can conquer clutter and chaos to have a tidier, more welcoming home. Now, here’s a fun challenge: take it a bit further and find 5 minutes to clean your purse, suitcase, or vehicle!

Over time, spending 5 minutes each day to freshen your home will add up, and you’ll be amazed at the overall cleanliness and orderliness of your home.

So, embrace the power of 5 minutes and make it a daily habit to give your home a pick-me-up. Your future self will thank you for it!  If you need a little more than 5 minutes to whip your home into shape, 850 Busy Bees will love to help! 

Simply fill out the form, and a trusted representative from 850 Busy Bees will be in touch to set up an appointment and provide a cleaning quote as soon as possible.  We look forward to serving you.