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If you’re struggling with your spring cleaning motivation, or want a great place to begin, try this checklist for 14 spring cleaning chores you can do in the dining room, and generally within 5 minutes or less.

We also offer tips, how-to instructions, and insight on habits you can develop to make things easier long term.

In this post…

If you missed the start of our spring cleaning 5-minute cleaning series, where we cover 21 easy chores you can do in the kitchen and within just a few minutes, click here.


What to Do:

  1. Pick at least one out of these 14 spring cleaning chores for the dining room and try to complete it in 5 minutes.
  2. Plan ahead and have a good idea of what you’re going to work on and how you plan to do it.
  3. Prep the area with whatever tools, cleaning products, or other items you might need, such as a donation box or step ladder.
  4. Set a timer for five minutes or for however long you wish.
  5. Clean without stopping.
  6. Clean as quickly as you can and try to finish on time.
  7. Allow enough time to clean up after you’re finished, or opt to go 5 minutes longer before you begin.
  8. Whatever you don’t finish can be moved to the next day or even later in the day.
  9. If you set the timer for longer than 5 minutes, try to avoid going too long since we’re breaking things down into manageable timeframes.
  10. Try stacking sessions on top of each other. For example, you might clean a few drawers for 5 minutes and then doing the microwave and whatever else for another five minutes.

What You’ll Need:

  • Whatever items you’ll need to clean with.
  • A timer.
  • Things to help prevent extra trips or steps (i.e., trashcan or bag).
  • A donation box or bag (optional).

Tips to Get You Started and Motivated

1. Make It Entertaining!

If you plan to do several 5-minute spring cleaning dining room tasks in a row, make it entertaining by joining it with other things you enjoy and can do simultaneously. However, make sure you won’t get distracted by whatever that entertainment is at the time.

Popular choices typically include Podcasts, music, YouTube videos, the news, or audiobooks. You can also use songs, videos, or programs like Audible’s timer feature to time sessions.

2. Pay Attention to How Long Cleaning Jobs Take

Keeping track of your time will give you a more accurate idea of how long things take to finish in the future. Especially since we tend to overthink how long or how hard chores will take in reality. This can really be helpful for people who hate cleaning or tend to procrastinate.

3. Don’t Hesitate to Combine Spring Cleaning Chores

If you finish before time’s up and don’t mind doing several sessions at once, it may help to do other similar chores if you have the time. For example, if you plan to clean the sink, try to clean the garbage disposal first to avoid a potential mess. And if you’re going to run the dishwasher, why not toss those grates, microwave parts, or washable filters in there too?

Have fun with it, experiment, and get creative. I love turning it into a game to see how much I can really get done in x-amount of time.

Don’t forget to check out the first part of our spring cleaning series: 21 Spring Cleaning Kitchen Tasks You Can Do In 5 Minutes Or Less.


5-minute Spring Cleaning Tasks

Do these jobs in whatever order works best for you. However, we suggest moving in an order that won’t cause you to re-do something later. For instance, it’s often recommended to clean from the top and downward to prevent debris and dust from falling onto items you’ve already cleaned. Some individuals also find it helpful to move around the room while going in the same direction.

Some of these chores may 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. Declutter the room.

It always helps to declutter and tidy up before you set out to deep clean a room. Decluttering in the sense of removing items that you don’t need or no longer use and tidying what you plan to keep in the space. This way, you’ll be able to eliminate any unnecessary obstacles. You’ll also be able to clean faster and see messes more quickly with fewer distractions.


Mission

Take a few minutes to declutter the space. Depending on how much stuff you have, you should be able to get this done in a session or two. If you need more time or want to work on it throughout the week, or even month, feel free to adjust accordingly.

  1. Donate or give away whatever items you don’t use or love.
  2. Throw away or repurpose whatever isn’t being used, can’t be donated, or is broken.
  3. Put away whatever items don’t belong in the room or find a home for them.

The Benefits

Decluttering also helps after you’re finished. For instance, you’ll be able to relax more in that space with fewer visual distractions, which can create overstimulation, even on a subconscious level.

With less stuff out on average, messes are much easier to detect. You’ll also be able to clean the space a lot faster and with fewer things to contend with, whether that’s furniture, knickknacks, or décor.


Tip #1

Tote-ly useful hack: One thing I find extremely useful is to have laundry hampers, totes, or baskets around with me as I tidy up and declutter. This way, I save myself a few extra trips back and forth, and I can easily cart items to their next destination with ease.

We previously did an in-depth review on what turned out to be our favorite go-to basket to use, which is the Clevermade Laundry Tote 2-Pack set from Costco (review link). We love how their sturdy, metal snap-frame collapses down into a thin bit of nothing. It’s also easy to appreciate how it can be neatly stashed virtually anywhere, thanks to its compact size.

We keep several hidden throughout the house just for the sake of decluttering. And I’m even thinking about trying out their adorable Luxe version, which comes with a shoulder strap and several cute patterns. Cos why not?

Tip #2

Prep ‘n’ go: It’s always a good idea to prep the space before setting out to clean it, whether you time yourself or not. If you think you’ll have some stuff to throw away, bring a trash bag or bin with you. It can also be helpful to have a donation bag or box nearby as well as any cleaning supplies.

Tip #3

KonMari: If you find that getting rid of or donating items is difficult for you, I highly recommend giving The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo a read. She has some pretty fantastic methods for decluttering and folding properly to handling other household issues. You can also catch her on her new Netflix series, though we’ve not watched it yet.


2. Clean or dust vents.

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Mission

Set the timer for 5 minutes and work on dusting the vents. Since you’ll likely have time leftover, don’t hesitate to combine this task with other types of dusting, such as the walls, furniture, ceiling fixtures, baseboards and wood trim, window treatments, etc. Or you could opt to clean all the vents in the house, if not just the same floor.


Tip

Filtered joy: Make sure that you change your AC filter frequently. Most filters, depending on the grade and quality, require replacing every 2-3 months. However, this will also depend on how often you use your system. Taking this step regularly also helps to minimize dust throughout the home.

You can use a filter subscription to keep you on track and to ensure that you always have a filter on hand. I loved this during peak seasons, back when my ex and I gave Filterjoy a try (not affiliated). You can also set your phone or other smart device to remind you to check your filter, which is what I like to do.

Helpful Habit

Prevention: Try to dust your vents, including the AC -Furnace return vent, at least once a month to prevent buildup and to ensure that your unit runs as best as it can.


3. Dust ceiling, walls, wall decor, and light fixtures.

Mission

Take some time to dust your ceiling, walls, wall decor, and light fixtures. This can be done with a regular 360 duster, such as many microfiber dusters on the market. There are also options like the Swiffer 360. I sometimes use a floor dust mop, such as this one by E-Cloth. They’re easy to use to reach the ceiling and cover a lot of space in one go.


Tip

To avoid lint issues, we’ll be dusting the walls first and then cleaning in the next step. But feel free to use a lightly damp cloth to clean your light fixtures and decor as needed and for a more thorough deep cleaning.

Helpful Habit #1

Give it the good ole one-two: It’s a good idea to dust any ceiling and wall fixtures, such as lighting and fans once a week—or, at the very least, once a month. The same can be said for wall decor, including pictures. Dusting them more often can be a lot easier than wiping them clean and may reduce how often you need to do so.

Don’t worry about removing sconce-like or fixed lights from the ceiling each time to dust the inside. Doing a quick once-over over the exterior will help you avoid dust buildup and keep dreaded dust bunnies from launching a full-on assault. Plus, it takes just a few seconds. You can get the inside of hard-to-clean lights a few times out of the year, such as during spring cleaning.


Helpful Habit #2

Like new: Dusting your walls and ceiling a few times a year can help keep your paint looking like new, which can also keep your home looking far cleaner than it usually might otherwise. It may also lessen the number of times you might have to physically clean them to help keep them looking great. Best of all, it only takes a few minutes.



Conclusion

Getting your spring cleaning tasks finished in the dining room can be relatively quick and easy. In many cases, you can get a lot of small jobs done in 5 minutes or less. You may even be able to finish in one day, simply by following some of the tips we covered. And the more you stay on top of it, the faster seasonal cleaning, or even just spring cleaning, becomes.

  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.
  6. Feel free to break jobs that might take you longer than five minutes into smaller sessions or continue later on if you need to.
  7. Make things entertaining by listening to distraction-free music, Podcasts, audiobooks, or shows and videos that you won’t feel the need to watch.

Are you spring cleaning this year? Where’s your favorite place to start? Comment down below!


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