Keep the Messes Away in Just 5 Minutes a Day

Learn tricks to keeping your house clean and mess-free with just five minutes a day.

Keep the messes from overwhelming you with these fast and easy tips from my blog, A Bowl Full of Lemons.

Make Your Bed

An unmade bed is a messy room -- period! Make it as soon as you get up every morning. One minute to start the day off right!

Wash a Load of Laundry Every Day

Take a minute to throw a load of laundry in the washer as soon as you get dressed every morning. The key time-saver here is toalways keep the laundry separated in baskets. If you remember this, all you will have to do is empty the basket of dirty clothes into the washer and add your soap. It should only take about a minute. Later in the day when you have a minute, switch the clothes to the dryer. Don't wait until you have created Mount Everest in your laundry room before washing clothes. If you keep up with laundry daily, your home will stay cleaner, and baskets won't be overflowing and daunting.

If You Get It Out, Put It Back

It only takes a few seconds to hang a shirt back up that you chose not to wear. The same goes with toiletries in the bathroom, food in the kitchen, and toys around the house (grown ups and kids). Instead of accumulating messy piles, take a few extra seconds to put your things away.

Load the Dishwasher as Soon as You Finish Eating

Dirty dishes are no fun to look at. They create chaos in your kitchen. If you whip up a quick snack, immediately rinse off your dishes and place them in the dishwasher. Start the dishwasher before bed and unload it first thing in the morning. Make it a rule never to leave a dirty dish in your sink again. Out of sight, out of mind.

Clean Out Your Car, Every Day

Make it a point to empty out your car as soon as you get home every day. Throw all trash away and remove any items that don't belong. Keep small trash bags and wipes in the car. Make this a habit and never have a messy car again!

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10 Comments

  1. Every time I get up from whatever room I am in I check to see if anything needs to go elsewhere for example dishes in the kitchen, trash to the kitchen trash bin, magazines in the magazine basket, etc. and take them with me when I leave whatever room I am in. I do that and it saves steps and cleans more efficiently too. By bedtime I have already done most the day's cleaning that way. I also if time permits try to wash the dishes as soon as I am done with them or if I cooked something I try to wash the containers I used to prep things in while the meal is cooking. Like if I make cookies I clean the mixing bowl and measuring utensils etc.It really helps. --Shutterbug305--

  2. I'm single I'm lucky to have a load of mixed laundry a week or dishes.No thank you I'll do them right away every day.I have ESA pets so an aired bed is a must

  3. "Make your bed as soon as you get up every morning. One minute to start the day off right!" What a rubbish advice, a bed needs to air, you loose water during the night and closing the bed straight after getting up makes a very nice climate in you bed. Not....

    1. airing the bed is a lovely idea. I'm amazed I'm still alive! My mom never told me to do that and I never have. Does not making it at all count as airing out all day?

    2. My Mom always made us air out our beds before making them-you are 100% correct.

    3. I prefer to let the bed air out a bit before making it up each morning. When I get up I throw the top covers neatly over the bottom 4th of the bed. After breakfast I smooth them back up over the head of the bed.

    4. I also "let the bed air" - I get up, bathe, dress, get breakfast and then make the bed.

    5. 🤨

  4. I have to quibble.
    (1) Wash a load of laundry every day? For me and my mom, it's more like a load or two a week. Just me chiming in to save water.
    (2) Make your bed daily? Absolutely! BUT - pull the covers back and air it for 30 minutes to one hour first, preferably with a window open.
    (3) I suggest using a Clorox towelette and wiping down the bathroom surfaces daily. It forces you to pick up the stuff left out, and it's just nicer and cleaner.

  5. Prior to going to bed each night, fold the afghans, plump the pillows, take out any dishes to the kitchen and load into dishwasher, throw away any trash including papers, mail etc. Living room is done in less than two minutes. Clean up kitchen in the a.m. after breakfast where everyone pitches in.

  6. ILI ke to let the bed air for an hour before making it. Even on a rushed morning if I can't do the whole job I straighten out the sheets and quilt and fluff the pillows. COuldn't ever get into a totally unmade bed. ON days I change sheets I leave them off all day and put the quilt and pillows out in the sun.

  7. Leaving the bed unmade for a few hours also kills the dust mites.

  8. It takes more than 1 minute to make a bed “properly” and it must be aired out. Ewwww ..... as my Gram used to say, “Haste makes Waste.” I would like feedback from BHG on these views ! 😊

    1. Love your common sense tips we all know but get lacks sometimes!

  9. If you see something that can be done in two minutes or less, go ahead and do it right then. I've made a practice of that, and I'm constantly amazed at what can be done in so short a time and what a difference it makes in my surroundings. For instance, straighten the pillows and throws on the sofa, discard this morning's newspaper, take that coffee mug to the kitchen, pick up the dog's toys. Voila! Much neater living room. Such things can be done in any room in the house and what a difference this habit makes!

    1. My day does not seem to go right if my bed is not made practically first thing. I do throw covers back and let bed air out for around an hour or so and then make it. Always feels great to have a made bed to me. Also no electronics in bedroom as they interfere with good sleep even if they are off.

    2. I completely agree, I sometimes time myself as I clean the kitchen after dinner. You can accomplish a lot in ten minutes if you dont let dishes pile up. A quick load of the dishwasher,pot and pan scrub,countertop clean,stove wipe and kitchen sweep and you're done.

  10. I've learned it's easier to do a little bit everyday, than to allow it all to pile up until the weekend. Weekends are already way too short. Why shorten them even more with endless housekeeping chores.


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