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If you’re thinking about doing some spring cleaning and want to know where to start, try this list of 14 short spring cleaning chores for the entryway or hallway. The best part is you can get a lot of these done while working in short bursts of 5 minutes or less. Or customize the tasks by breaking them down into even smaller pieces and/or do them at your leisure.

We also provide how-to instructions, helpful habits, and tips to make the cleaning process easier for you, now and in the future, including tips for people with bad backs, joints, and hips.

In this post…

What to Do:

  1. Pick at least one out of these 14 spring cleaning chores for the entryway and hallway and try to complete it in 5 minutes.
  2. Plan ahead by knowing what you’ll be working on as well as how you’ll be going about it.
  3. Prep the area with whatever you’ll need, such as a trash bin, cleaning products, tools, duster, etc.
  4. Set a timer for five minutes or longer if desired.
  5. Try to clean without stopping or getting distracted.
  6. Clean as fast you’re able to move.
  7. Treat it as a game.
  8. Allow enough time to clean up after you’re finished, or opt to go 5 minutes longer before you begin.
  9. Whatever you don’t finish can be moved to the next day or even later in the day.
  10. If you want to go longer than 5 minutes, avoid going too long since the goal is to set more manageable timeframes.
  11. Try merging sessions. For instance, if you were to work in the kitchen, you could do a few drawers for 5 minutes and then work on the microwave and whatever else for another five.

What You’ll Need:

  • Whatever items you’ll be using to clean.
  • A timer.
  • Anything that will help prevent extra trips (i.e., trashcan step ladder, etc.).
  • A donation bag (optional).

Tips to Get You Started and Motivated

1. Make It Entertaining!

If you think you’ll be going longer than 5 minutes, or hope to do more than one task or challenge at a time, make things fun for yourself by adding entertainment you enjoy and can do at the same time. However, make sure you won’t get distracted by whatever entertainment you choose.

Some popular types of entertainment for most folks typically include music, YouTube videos, podcasts, 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 Projects Take

People commonly overthink how long cleaning chores will take, leading to procrastination and ineffective cleaning routines, and practices.

By keeping track of how long chores take early on in your cleaning journey, you’ll have a better understanding of what to expect, how to plan, and may feel less overwhelmed or prone to procrastinate.

3. Combine Spring Cleaning Entryway or Hallway Chores

If you finish before your 5 minutes are up, it can help to do other similar chores back-to-back.

For instance, if you plan to do the baseboards, maybe consider doing anything above the baseboard level first to avoid having dust and debris onto areas where you’ve already cleaned.

And in some situations, you may be able to “stack” similar chores to save time, such as running washable textiles that you usually have sitting on the couch before vacuuming or cleaning the sofa itself.

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 Chores for the Hall and Entryway

Do these hall and entryway spring cleaning chores in the order that works best for you. However, try to move in a direction that will save you time and effort. As an example, it helps to work in the same direction throughout the room (clockwise vs. counter-clockwise) and from top to bottom. This way, you won’t have to clean an area or item more than once, and you’ll be less likely to skip over spots by accident.

Depending on the size of your room and the number of items in it, specific tasks may take longer than 5 minutes. Again, customize the challenge or project to suit your preference, household, and schedule. Points such as vacuuming or mopping the floor after you clean or do a task are likely to be left out since they may take longer than 5 minutes. Feel free to do these as you see fit.

If you need to break some projects down due to having a larger room or more stuff, feel free. You can also do more at once or spread it out throughout the day, week, month, or even quarter. Don’t forget to bookmark us so you can finish out the room at your own pace.


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 area.


Decluttering is a great way to make your home look cleaner and feel more inviting. Above all, it can speed up your cleaning time and help you spot areas that might need your attention as you clean.

The entryway, or foyer, in particular, can be a hotspot for clutter since it’s usually where people kick off their shoes, drop off mail, leave bags, keys, and whatever else they might track in. Whereas hallways get most of the foot traffic and occasionally need a good cleaning to spruce things up a bit.


Regardless if you start your spring cleaning chores in the entryway or hallway, or even mudroom, take a few minutes to declutter the area before you begin cleaning. Depending on how much stuff you have and what area you’re working on, it should only take a few minutes. If you need more time or want to work on it throughout the week or month, please adjust accordingly.

Before you start the timer, figure out a place for specific items to go as you declutter so that you can put them away, donate them, repurpose them, or deal with them in whatever way you see fit once you’re finished or later on.

Create bags, bins, or designated spots for like items to go until you can get to them later. Such things might include:

  1. A trash bag or wastebasket for trash or recycling.
  2. A bag for mail
  3. A donation box or bag.
  4. A bag, bin, or hamper for items that you need to take elsewhere in the house once you’re done with your challenge(s) or at a later time.

Set the timer for 5 or so minutes and try to finish before your time is up. If you start in the entryway and have time left over, think about areas such as a nearby closet or see if you can squeeze one of the tasks below in before the time is up. Or try to hurry and put all the items away.

Tip #1

Tote-ly awesome hack: As mentioned in the kitchen and dining 5-minute spring cleaning posts, one of my favorite cleaning hacks is to have laundry hampers, totes, or baskets around with me as I clean or declutter a room.

This way, I can save myself a couple of trips going back and forth. And, as mentioned above, 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).

I love how their sturdy metal frame collapses into hardly anything at all, making them extremely easy to stash away behind couches, between the washer and dryer, in closets, etc.

We keep several hidden throughout the house just for the sake of decluttering. Doing so gives me fewer excuses to blow things off, and it’s super-convenient.

I’m also thinking about getting one of Clervamde’s adorable Luxe versions, which comes with an optional shoulder strap and several cute patterns to choose from. If you have one already, let me know what you think down in the comments.

Tip #2

KonMari: If you feel that you struggle with getting rid of or donating items that you may not need anymore, we highly recommend checking out The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. She has some pretty awesome decluttering and folding methods, among other household issues.

2. Clean or dust vents and ceiling fixtures.



Set a timer for 5 minutes to work on dusting the vents, ceiling fixtures, or even wall fixtures if you have any.

And because you’re more than likely to have time leftover, don’t hesitate to add more tasks that might be similar. Some of the next few chores listed below are great add-on options if you have the time.

Helpful Habit

Maintenance is essential: Try to dust your vents, including the AC-Furnace return vent, at least once a month to prevent buildup and to make sure that your ac or heating unit runs as best as it can.

It’s also essential to change your filters regularly. Most types require changing every 2-3 months, depending on the type, quality, and how often you use your system.

If you struggle to remember, try setting a scheduled reminder on your device’s apps. We love using Google Home Hub for this so that everyone is reminded in a kind of bulletin board manner, but even devices like Alexa or your phone will work!

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


If you haven’t already, take a few moments to dust your walls. You don’t have to be super meticulous, so you should be able to get it done fairly quickly with the right tools and if you hustle. If you’re unable to reach the ceiling or need a ladder, you can skip that part of the step or try again later.

Dusting the walls and ceiling can be done with a regular duster, such as a microfiber duster or Swiffer 360, which has been my everyday go-to for ages. It’s not the greatest for ceilings but works well when dusting walls.

Either way, try to use something extendable or that comes with a long handle, if possible, and that will obviously reach where you need it to.

On most occasions, I prefer to use a floor dust mop to dust my walls, such as this one by E-Cloth or another favorite product of mine, the 6ft extendable Swiffer, which I’ll be reviewing in the coming weeks. They’re good to use for easy reaching, work great on ceilings, and cover a lot of space in one go, which speeds up the entire process. Love it! They’re also great for getting at one of our next steps: baseboards.


To avoid wet lint issues, it can be beneficial to dust the walls first and then clean in the next step. But feel free to use a lightly damp microfiber cloth or cleaning towel on certain items if you think it might be easier, such as your light fixtures and any wall decor, which will also help provide a deeper clean.

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. That also goes for wall decor, including ornate pieces or pictures.

Dusting them more regularly will make it a lot easier to clean since dust and dirt won’t stick to the surface due to humidity and other factors. A quick wipe down with a barely damp cloth usually works well for cleaning, takes seconds, and can probably be done less frequently with consistent dusting.

And don’t worry about removing sconce-like or fixed lights from the ceiling to get at the interior each time you plan to dust. Doing a quick once-over over the exterior will help you avoid dust buildup and should keep dreaded dust bunnies from launching a full-on assault, dropping from the ceiling like sneaky paratroopers.

You can get the inside of hard-to-clean lights a few times out of the year. For instance, during spring cleaning chores, whether in the hallway or entryway or elsewhere in the home.

Helpful Habit #2

Brand spanking new: Believe it or not, dusting your walls and ceiling a few times a year can help keep your paint looking cleaner and newer year-round. And, believe it or not, keeping things such as walls and other surface sparkly clean can make a big improvement on the value of your home—or even help you get that rent deposit back if you’re a renter. Best of all, it takes just a few minutes.


Getting your spring cleaning tasks finished in the hallway or entryway can be relatively quick and easy. In many cases, you can get a lot of small jobs done in 5 minutes or less, and 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.

Key Takeaways

  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. Stack more than one session or task on top of other ones if you want to clean for a longer time period.
  6. Break jobs that might take you longer than five minutes into smaller sessions or continue later on if you need or wish 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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