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Having a hard time with spring cleaning motivation? Or looking for a solid place to start? Try these 21 easy-to-do spring cleaning living room chores that you can finish in 5 minutes or less. And whatever you can’t finish can be turned into another challenge and tailored to fit into your busy schedule.

We give tips, how-to directions, and plenty of insight about certain habits you can use to make cleaning easier, whether for spring cleaning and year-round.

In this post…

What to Do:

  1. Pick at least one of these 21 living room spring cleaning chores and try to complete it in 5 minutes.
  2. Plan accordingly, having a good idea of what you’ll be working on and how you plan to go about it.
  3. Prep the area with whatever cleaning products or other items you might need, including a donation box or step ladder if necessary.
  4. Set a timer for five minutes or however long you wish to spring clean the living room.
  5. Try to clean without stopping or getting distracted until your time is up.
  6. Clean as quickly as you can to help meet your time.
  7. Allow enough time to clean up when you’re finished, or go for another 5 minutes or longer if you wish to.
  8. Treat it as a game and have fun!
  9. Whatever you don’t get to complete can be moved to later in the day or week.
  10. If you set the timer for longer than 5 minutes, avoid going too long. The goal of the challenge is to break things down into manageable sessions.
  11. Stack chores on top of each other if there’s time and if it makes sense to do so. For example, if you worked in the kitchen, you might clean a few shelves off for 5 minutes and then clean the microwave and whatever else for another five minutes (or within the same 5-minute timeframe).

What You’ll Need:

  • A nearby timer.
  • Whatever items you’ll use to clean (i.e., duster, microfiber cloth, vacuum, broom, etc.).
  • A donation box, bin, or bag (optional).
  • Items that prevent extra steps or trips (bags, trashcan, or step ladder).

Tips to Get You Started and Motivated

1. Make it entertaining!

If you want to do several 5-minute spring cleaning living room chores in a row, entertain yourself while doing things you enjoy and can do simultaneously; however, make sure you won’t get too distracted.

Popular examples often include Podcasts, music, YouTube videos, the news, or audiobooks. You can also listen to songs, videos, playlists, or audiobooks with features (like Audible’s timer feature) that run for five or so minutes to time your sessions.

2. Pay Attention to How Long Cleaning Jobs Take

People tend to dislike certain cleaning tasks because they overthink how much time and effort it will involve. Or, in some situations, they underestimate how long things will take and might pile too much on their plate.

Keeping track of your time will give you a better idea of how long things take to finish. And knowing the length of time it will take will help you develop more efficient schedules and routines.

Time tracking is also great for people who hate cleaning or tend to procrastinate since it helps them avoid overthinking whatever tasks they need to get done.

3. Combine Your Living Room Spring Cleaning Chores

If you finish before time’s up, it may help to do other similar chores if you have the time.

4. Stack chores to avoid unnecessary steps.

For instance, if you were going to clean the kitchen sink, then you’d probably want to clean the garbage disposal beforehand if that’s also on your list. That way, you could avoid having to clean the sink again.

Or if you were planning to run the dishwasher, you could toss in things like oven grates, microwave parts, or washable filters in there as well—especially if you plan to clean those appliances anyway.

5. Accountability and Self-Inflicted Jedi Mind Tricks

And if you’re a bit of a procrastinator, you could even go reverse psychology on yourself with that last example by going for the accountability trick. Because you’re running the dishwasher and put the microwave turntable inside, you would likely feel more obligated to clean the microwave at some point in the day too.

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

If you liked this post, don’t forget to check out our post on:
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5-minute Spring Cleaning Tasks

Do these spring cleaning chores in whatever order works for you. However, we recommend moving in an order that won’t cause you to re-do something later. That means working from top to bottom and preferably in the same direction (clockwise vs. counter-clockwise). This way, you won’t mess up areas you’ve already cleaned as much as you clean other spots. You’ll also be less likely to skip over things accidentally.

Customize the time and task to suit your needs.

Some of these jobs can take longer than 5 minutes. Much will depend on the home’s environment, age, and how often and thoroughly you ordinarily clean. Be patient and customize tasks if you need to, whether that’s breaking things down into even smaller chunks or working on it more the following day.

Remember to treat this similarly to a speed-cleaning challenge or sprint. Move quickly, avoid distractions, and try to stay focused. And 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.

3. Put items away.

Rather than trying to put things away as you find them, we recommend putting it all away after you’re done purging and decluttering. Doing so can help save you time and steps as you’re cleaning.



Give yourself five or so minutes to put items away before you start cleaning, or even do it on another day. If you need more time, set the timer for longer.

To speed up the process, we recommend carrying the items with you, such as in a hamper, bag, box, or even on a tray. You can also drop off the items to their rooms or areas and organize them later, or (my favorite) have the person the items belong to put them away.

  1. Get a hamper, box, or bag to use to carry items to their designated areas.
  2. Return items to their spots or room to be sorted later.

4. Check and clean the ash out of the fireplace.

If you’ve been burning any fires in your pellet, coal, or wood-burning fireplace, make sure to give it a good cleaning if you haven’t done so already. Doing so can help freshen the house, eliminate odors, and promote cleaner air in time for Spring.



Vacuum, scoop, or sweep out the fireplace when safe to do so. Never try to clean out a fireplace when a fire’s recently been burned inside it.

If you plan to use a vacuum, make sure to use a shop vac with a filter bag and that the vacuum can handle the ash. We do not recommend using your regular household vacuum cleaner. Severe buildup will likely require more time to clean, such as exterior soot stains and buildup in the flue.

  1. Remove ash and any debris from the fireplace.
  2. Inspect the fireplace to see if any stain removal might be necessary at a later time.
  3. See if the flue or chimney needs to be cleaned, whether by yourself or a professional.

13. Wash textiles or fabric items.


Odors, germs, oils, allergens, dust, dirt, and grime can cover and penetrate soft surfaces throughout the home—especially in areas where we hang out the most, such as the living room.

Because of this, it’s essential to clean washable textiles within the home regularly.

And there’s no better time to do it than in the springtime, after a long season where most people tend to stay indoors and get sick, and when household odors have a chance to ferment.


Spend a few moments—even in separate sessions, if necessary—to clean soft materials and fabrics in your home. This should be done with the manufacturer’s care instructions in mind for each item, or the type of material involved, whenever possible.

Some items may need to be dry cleaned, while others can be washed in the washing machine or done by hand. Many things can be steamed, vacuumed, sprayed with a special cleaner or deodorizer, or wiped off with a lightly damp microfiber too.

Do what you feel is safe or the most effective. Bigger pieces, such as furniture, can be done later since more time will be needed to finish the job.

Examples of soft items to spring clean in the living room:

  • Throw blankets
  • Pillows and pillowcases
  • Some artificial plants (test first)
  • Doormats and small rugs
  • Coasters
  • Baskets
  • Soft fabric bins
  • Dog toys
  • Children’s toys
  • Lampshades

Tip #1

To wash or not to wash: If you enjoy artificial plants, always consider how hard or easy they’ll be to clean before buying. Some types can be more fragile than others, such as silk. Other, often less expensive options can be wiped off by hand, using a microfiber cloth, or even running it under the tap, with any excess water shaken off and left to air dry.

I call this “watering” my plants. The more often you do it, the easier they are to clean. So don’t let the grime buildup. Places like HomeGoods, Target, and Amazon have great and affordable artificial plants. Plus, they’re usually a breeze to clean regularly. HomeGoods is always my favorite!

Tip #2

Be scentsible about it: These days, there are numerous products that work great for deodorizing fabric items in the house, both naturally and commercially. Typically options on the market come in spray or powder form, which is usually vacuumed up, as well as foam-type sprays for a little pseudo cleaning.

While washing items when possible is typically the best route, most people prefer spray products as an easy fix. While they don’t usually clean the surface or fabric, they help combat the odor-causing bacteria in some cases. The smell factor can also work as an excellent motivator for cleaning, so pick what you love.

This might include anything from essential oils recipes, vinegar, charcoal bags, steam units, or baking soda for natural hacks. Or some of the more popular store-bought items that often include Febreze, Zero Odor, and Scentiva—just to name a few.

We personally love this product by Zero Odor when it comes to eliminating odors—especially fabric-type smells—in a relatively scent-free way (there’s a small tracer smell that eventually dissipates).

Tip #3

Pet peeves: Before you begin cleaning your living room—much less the rest of the house, for that matter—we highly recommend bathing and grooming your fur babies before you get started with your spring cleaning.

Bathing your pets ever so often not only keeps your pet smelling great, but your furniture too. You’ll also further minimize any damage to your newly spring-cleaned home and help keep pet allergens at bay. Don’t forget to wash their beds and washable toys, too!

What we love, use, and highly recommend: this particular product vanilla-and-almond-scented combo from Earthbath Shampoo & Conditioner lineup (new tab). We’ve used it on cats and dogs alike to soothe their dry winter skin, itchiness, and flakiness. It leaves their fur super soft, silky, shiny, and smelling great, only without the overkill of perfume. Everyone, including our vet, always comments on our corgi’s (and previous pets’) fur.

Note: As a former vet receptionist, groomer, and longtime pet fanatic—please, be careful what you use on your pet. Avoid human-based shampoos and soaps, citrus oils (cats), or certain essential oils, like tea tree oil, and other products that could potentially be harmful to your pets. When in doubt, ask your veterinarian.

Tip #3

Clear the air: When in doubt, try to air out your home on a regular basis, even if it’s just by opening your windows after you cook or just for a few minutes a day. We also highly recommend getting a good, quality air purifier, which we hope to review soon.

We’re currently using this Alen Breathesmart unit for our living room, which works fantastic. Regardless of which one you choose, make sure it has a decent filter and can cover enough sqft. to adequately clean the air in your room thoroughly.


Getting your spring cleaning chores finished in the living 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 might 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, or even just spring cleaning, becomes too.

  • 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.
  • Set a timer, make a timed music playlist, or listen to x-amount of pages or chapters of your favorite audiobook to pace yourself.
  • Treat it like a game and move as fast as you can.
  • Prep your space before starting.
  • 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.
  • Feel free to break jobs that might take you longer than five minutes into smaller sessions or continue later on if you need to.
  • Make things entertaining by listening to distraction-free music, Podcasts, audiobooks, or shows and videos that you won’t feel the need to watch.

We hope you’ll join us this Spring Cleaning season, starting with getting these sixteen 5-minute living room spring cleaning tasks done.

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

Ready for more? Hop on over to Part One of our Kitchen Spring Cleaning Speed Challenge Series:
21 Spring Cleaning Kitchen Tasks You Can Do In 5 Minutes or Less.

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