5 MINUTE CHORES
Copied and edited from a blog entry from: homeschoolblogger.com/amatthia
In the kitchen
Wipe handprints off the front of the fridge and cabinets.
Toss spoiled produce from the fridge’s veggie bin,
wash the bin in the sink, dry it and line with paper towels.
Replace the bin and wipe the bottom inner edge of the fridge.
Remove all items from two shelves of the fridge door. Clean and dry the shelves. Wipe sticky jars and bottles and put them back.
Wipe off spice/herb containers with a wet paper towel and reorganize them on the shelf.
Scrub a greasy or baked-on pan that you’ve soaked in the sink or sprayed with solvent. Dry and put away.
Remove everything from the top of the fridge.
Spray the surface with a de-greaser.
Wipe off and replace items.
In The Bedroom
Change the linens on one bed.
Dust closed window blinds with the linens you’re going to wash.
Refold the clothes in a messy drawer.
Divide the closet and start to conquer it.
Tidy half of a long shelf or two feet of hanging clothes.
Remove and set aside clothes and items you no longer wear or need.
Seperate the items you removed from the closet into bags marked with a destination: a charity, your friend’s kids, a consignment shop. When you’ve finished, put the bags by the front door as a reminder to deliver them ASAP.
Remove everthing from the closet floor and vacuum.
Put back items, reorganizing as you go.
Not perfect after five minutes?
That’s OK–it’s better than it was.
Polish one pair if leather shoes to a major shine,
or make two pairs look a whole lot spiffier.
In The Bathroom
Swish a cleaning product into the toilet bowl.
While the product does its magic, wash the sink.
Then scrub the toilet bowl with a brush and clean toilet surfaces .
Spray the bathtub/shower stall with a tub and tile cleaner.
While the cleaner dissolves grime,
spritz the mirror and faucet with glass cleaner.
Then, working from the top down, wipe down the tub or stall.
Vacuum or sweeep one small bathroom, then mop.
Remove everything from one or two shelves of the medicine cabinet. Toss outdated pills and cosmetics. Wipe the shelf and reorganize the items on it.
Declutter and tidy a small, or half of a large, under-sink cupboard.
In The Laundry Room
Gather a pile of similar-color clothes or linens.
Seperate those that need to be handwashed. Load the rest into the machine, dabbing on spot cleaner as needed, and start.
Handwash one or two small items and hang to dry.
De-wrinkle clothes that were left in the dryer.
Let the dryer run for a minute, then remove,
and fold the warm clothes.
Iron one cotton shirt, spraying with water or steam as you go.
Collect empty hangers and stray laundry baskets
and return them to the laundry area.
All Through The House
Clean the door handles and the faceplates of light switches on one floor. Use a damp rag with a dab of de-greasing dishwashing soap on one corner to attack greasy spots.
Empty every trash container into one large bag or can and take it outside. Replace bags.
Gather old newspapers and magazines and prep them for recycling or donation.
Clean dust and cobwebs from all air vents and ceiling corners using a feather duster or a clean broom.
Wipe down the baseboards you can get at in three rooms,
using a clean dustmop or a rag.
Take down sheer or lightweight curtains in one room
and toss them in the washing machine.
Rehang curtains, putting them back up still wet if sheer or damp if another type.
Vacuum the top and the folds of curtains or valances in one room.
Do the lampshades too.
Vacuum a dusty sofa and plump the cushions.
Clean the top and blades of a ceiling fan with a damp soft rag.
Spritz four or five picture frames or mirrors with glass cleaner, wiping each one down with paper towels.
Vacuum two large rooms, or one room plus the hall and stairs.
Dust furniture in two rooms using a rag and dust-busting spray cleaner.
Change a ceiling lightbulb. Wipe dust and grime from the fixture before replacing.
5 Minute Chores (around the house)