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If you’re having a hard time finding the motivation to deep-clean your home for Spring, or aren’t sure where to start, try these 13 quick and easy spring cleaning kitchen tasks to get yourself going.

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And if you missed Part One of the 5-minute Kitchen Spring Cleaning Tasks, where we cover 21 easy chores you can do in just a few minutes and would like to start from the beginning, click here.


How Does the 5-minute Challenge Work?

Since there are a lot of tasks to go over in the kitchen area, we decided two make a Part Two so that folks don’t feel overwhelmed. We explain this 5-minute cleaning method in more detail in Part One of our Spring Cleaning Challenge, Kitchen Edition post, 21 Easy 5-Minute Kitchen Chores.

We’ll be covering more 5-minute tasks throughout the rest of the home in the near future, so stay tuned!


What to Do:

  • Pick one out of the 13 kitchen-themed spring cleaning chores on the list to work on for at least 5 minutes.
  • Plan your steps.
  • Prep the area, if necessary.
  • Set a timer for five minutes…and we’re off!
  • Clean without stopping.
  • Move as quickly as you can and try to finish.
  • Allow enough time to clean up or opt to go 5 minutes longer.
  • Whatever you don’t finish can be moved to the next session or day.
  • If you want to set the time for 10, 15, or even up to 30 minutes, feel free. Just avoid going too long since we’re breaking things down into manageable timeframes.
  • Try stacking sessions on top of each other. For example, I might clean a few drawers for 5 minutes and then doing the microwave and whatever else for another five.

What You’ll Need:

  • Cleaning products based on the tasks you plan to do.
  • A timer.
  • Things to help and save you from unnecessary steps, such as having a nearby trash can

Tips to Get You Started

1. Make it entertaining!

Planning on doing several 5-minute spring cleaning kitchen tasks in a row? Make it fun by incorporating things you enjoy and can do at the same time. Just make sure it isn’t something you’ll want to stop and watch or might get distracted by.

Popular entertainment often includes: Podcasts, music, YouTube videos, the news, or audiobooks. You can even use songs, videos, or programs like Audible’s timer feature to time your sessions.

2. Pay Attention to How Long Things Take for Future Reference.

The cool part about keeping track of your time is getting a more accurate idea of how long things really take to complete. More so since we often build chores up and how long they might take in our minds. This is why people who don’t like cleaning or who tend to procrastinate find it useful. Or even people who might only stall on specific cleaning chores.

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Combine Spring Cleaning Chores.

If you find yourself finishing things sooner or don’t mind doing several sessions at once, consider stacking similar chores back-to-back. For example, if you clean the sink, try to clean the garbage disposal first to avoid a potential mess. If you’re going to run the dishwasher, why not toss those grates, microwave parts, or washable filters in there too? Get creative and have fun with it.

Don’t forget to check out Part 1 of our Kitchen Spring Cleaning series: 21 Spring Cleaning Kitchen Tasks You Can Do In 5 Minutes Or Less.


5-minute Spring Cleaning Tasks

Do these in whatever order works best for you, though we recommend going in an order that won’t cause you to have to redo something later. For instance, it’s often recommended to clean from the top and downward. Some people also find it useful to move around the room while going in the same direction.

Some of these tasks may also take longer than 5 minutes, depending on the environment, age of the home, and how often things are cleaned prior to the challenge. Be patient and do what works best for you, whether that’s breaking things down into even smaller chunks or working on it more the following day.

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Don’t forget that you can expand and contract each task to see more or less information. Under each task, you’ll also spot helpful habits and spring cleaning tips about certain chores.


1. Clean or mop the walls (optional).

Mopping the walls? While it might sound nuts, it’s actually a pretty genius and time-saving method for cleaning the walls. Ever since trying it several years ago, I started cleaning ours a lot more often, which helps keep our paint looking new and makes the house look and feel cleaning and brighter.

It’s not an exact science, and no mop is perfect for the job (yet), but it’s still something that many people like to do. However, if mopping isn’t your thing or you’re unable to try it, you can try doing it by hand, too, and just touch-up spots as much as you can.

Note: Make sure the paint you have is washableAlways test in an inconspicuous location and do it at your own risk.


Mission

Gently and carefully clean your walls with a clean and slightly damp microfiber cloth, cleaning towel, sponge mop, a literal wall mop, or microfiber mop. I try to use floor mop products with a swivel function for easier maneuvering and reach.

We like to use our E-Cloth microfiber mop, but I’ve recently had my eye on the Mr. Siga Microfiber Mop due to the way the pads wrap around the mop head. It seems like it would be less likely to scratch the surface if the head were to flip on its head accidentally, which happens from time to time while cleaning walls. However, use whatever you feel comfortable using and always test first.


Note: Don’t get the paint too wet, and be careful of potential scratches, particularly when using mops with metal attachment heads.



2. Declutter a pantry shelf.

For those who’ve already read and worked on our post, 21 Spring Cleaning Kitchen Tasks You Can Do In 5 Minutes Or Less, Part 1, some of you may have already completed this step. However, we chose to leave it separate since it tends to require a little more detail and, therefore, might take a bit longer to do. So if you haven’t gotten to it yet, why not give it a shot?

Mission

Set the timer for 5 minutes and work on decluttering and at least cleaning off a pantry shelf. You can choose to organize at this stage or do it later since organizing may require more time to finish. This may depend on how much food you have to work with. Whatever you don’t finish, you can do for another session later in the day or whatever works best for you.


Tip #1

Try to have a trashcan close by so that you won’t waste time going back and forth.

Tip #2

If you have a lot of work to do, you can break it up and focus on one task at a time. For instance, you can make your first session(s) all about decluttering one shelf, if not several shelves, within the set timeframe. Once you’re finished with decluttering, you can move onto cleaning and wiping the shelves down.

Tip #3

When possible, consider storing things inside bins and food storage organizers. They can help contain messes and spills, help people put things back where they belong, and make for easy access. They’re also great for quickly removing items from the pantry or shelf, which is excellent for speeding up the cleaning process.

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Helpful Habit #1

It can be extremely beneficial to clean out expired items at least once a month—or, at the very least, once every quarter/season. If you tend to forget, set a reminder on your devices or mark it on your monthly checklist or calendar.

I also like to “stack” this habit onto another, such as when I empty the fridge. And emptying the fridge usually happens either before Trash Day or before picking up groceries. Then it becomes more automatic.

Helpful Habit #2

It’s helpful to act as the grocery stores do by rotating your items. This means putting new duplicate products behind older ones. This way, you’ll grab older products before the new ones, ensuring they’ll get used before they go bad.


3. Clean the hinges and seals around the fridge and/or freezer door(s).

Mission

A super-easy task you could probably finish in under a minute, but it’s still something that needs attention throughout the year. If you’ve already finished the inside of the refrigerator, or have completed our 21 Spring Cleaning Kitchen Tasks in 5 Minutes Challenge, try giving your fridge door hinges, ledges, and rubber seals a good wipe down.


Tip #1

Quick-Tip: Items such as toothpicks, Q-Tips, microfiber cloths, and toothbrushes can be ideal for this type of job—especially if it’s been a while. Some people also use small brooms with stiff bristles or vacuums for severe cases around the rubber seals.


Helpful Habit #1

Fake it ’til you make it: Try to clean these areas at least once a month since it only takes seconds to do. Once every week or so, we like to clean out our fridge and lightly tackle any crumbs or spills, along with this step, and usually before or on trash or grocery days.

We don’t take anything out that’s not getting pitched but rather shuffle things in a nearly-empty fridge. It really only takes a few minutes, saves me from having to deep-clean the fridge except for every few months (roughly quarterly), and requires very little effort. Best of all, the fridge always looks sparkly fresh, making it look as though we actually slave away at it all of the time.


4. Pull out the refrigerator and clean around it.

Don’t worry! This isn’t nearly as painful as it might seem yet it’s also an important step a lot of people skip or forget about.

Luckily, the more often you do it, the easier it becomes each time. You also have the added benefit of reducing the potential of hidden kitchen odors and possible infestation of rodents, ants, cockroaches, and more.


Mission

Unlock the wheels of the refrigerator and pull it out from its place. Make sure to plan ahead if you need help so you can ask ahead of time.


Tip #1

Prep it up: Make sure to prep the area before you get started. Typical items that you’ll want to have on hand will include a duster, already-damp cleaning or microfiber cloths, mop, as well as a vacuum or broom and dustpan. If you haven’t clean back there in years, you may want a trash can—more so if you have children and/or pets.

Tip #2

Be on the level: Ensure that you lock the wheels and, when you do so, make sure that the fridge is leveled in the appropriate position. This helps protect the cooling system and bits of the refrigerator. You can use a level at the top of the refrigerator to help ensure this is done correctly or ask for help from someone who has more experience.

It’s recommended to check with the manufacturer’s suggestion for leveling since each unit may vary. For instance, some units work more efficiently on a slope rather than perfectly balanced. Fortunately, once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty straightforward in the future.

Tip #3

Give it the all-around: Don’t forget to clean the walls and any cabinetry around the fridge, as well as clean the entire fridge itself.


Helpful Habit

If you clean it, they won’t come: Consider cleaning behind and around your fridge at least twice a year, if not every quarter. This keeps cleanup to a minimum, helps reduce odors and bug infestations, and further ensures that your kitchen stays as clean as possible.

I try to get behind our fridge every quarter (or season) just because we have pets, leave the windows open often, and live in a dust-prone area. It usually takes me about 3 minutes nowadays and there’s hardly any mess, which is kind of the point.


5. Clean under the sink.

Cleaning under the sinks isn’t something that most people like doing, but it usually only takes a few minutes if you prep, plan, and try to do it at least every season.

Mission

Take a few minutes to pull out the items under your sink, get rid of what you don’t need, clean the interior (including hinges) with your preferred tools or cleaning method, and reorganize the space.

If you have a lot of stuff under your sink or a big mess, it’s best to work in 5-minute increments, rather than try to get it all done in one go. Focus on decluttering and appropriately and safely getting rid of items you may not need or that could go elsewhere. Set about cleaning off items and inside the cabinet. Then reorganize at your pace.


Tip #1

Less is more: When it comes to under-the-sink cabinets, the 1st trick to keep them tidy is to not have so much stored down there. If you have cleaning products that you don’t really use, give them away or try to see if you can use them in other areas of the house, such as dish soap and spray cleaners. If not, you can contact your local waste company to find out the best way to dispose of them safely.

Tip #2

Give it a home: The 2nd trick for keeping under-the-sink-cabinets clean and tidy is to make sure everything you do keep under there has a home. Bins and under-the-sink organizers are great for this, and they also help to contain any messes and spills, which in turn will help you later on when it comes time to clean the cabinet again. I even found that we stopped wasting so much money on products we didn’t need, once we organized the space.

Tip #3

No-fuss, no-muss: Liner mats and inserts are awesome, whether for containing spills and messes, protecting your cabinetry or home, and when it comes to cleanup. Best of all, you can easily remove some mats or liners to hose off and wash any mess directly in the kitchen sink.


Conclusion

In the end, getting your spring cleaning chores done in the kitchen can feel relatively painless and a whole lot more manageable when you break things down into smaller chunks. You can do all that and more by trying the following:

  1. Give yourself a set amount of time to finish a task. It will help you get things done in a faster and more efficient manner.
  2. Set a timer, make a timed music playlist, or listen to x-amount of pages or chapters of your favorite audiobook to pace yourself.
  3. Treat it like a game and move as fast as you can.
  4. Prep your space before starting.
  5. Don’t hesitate to stack more than one session or task on top of other ones if you want to clean for a longer time period. And feel free to break jobs that might take you longer than five minutes into smaller sessions or continue later on if you need to.
  6. Make things entertaining by listening to distraction-free music, Podcasts, audiobooks, or shows and videos that you don’t feel the need to watch.

We hope you’ll join us in getting these thirteen 5-minute kitchen tasks done, along with the ones listed before in Part One of our kitchen series, where we cover 21 other spring cleaning kitchen chores you can also get done in 5 minutes or less which you can find here.


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