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Feel like you lack the time, patience, desire, or motivation to clean, even when you really need to? Then check out these 75 simple 2-minute chores, which can be ideal for those with busy lives as well as people who might be prone to procrastination or find it hard to know where to start.
Tips Before You Get Started
Below are a few tips to get you started or that may help you out along during your 2-minute cleaning session.
- Have a Game Plan Before You Start — Picture how you’re going to clean or have a rough idea of the order you’ll be doing things, what you’ll need, etc. This will help you speed through things faster.
- Consider setting a timer and turning it into a timed challenge or game — Timing yourself can be a great way to hold yourself accountable and even challenge yourself to do something. They even help you get a feel for how long things really take to do, which many tend to overestimate and, therefore, are more likely to blow it off until later.
- Don’t Dawdle — Try to move quickly but without compromising on how well you clean.
Turn on Some Tunes or Other Entertainment — hate cleaning or lack the motivation? Try entertaining yourself!
- Listen to some good tunes.
- Call up a friend or relative.
- Invite housemates to come help and make it fun
- Treat cleaning as cleaning as a workout and multitask.
- Listening to a podcast.
- Catch up on your favorite audiobook, which you can even set to a timer through programs like Audible.
- Don’t feel like stopping? Then keep going — Sometimes working on a task for 2 to 5 or even 10 minutes can be a great motivator to get more cleaning done or even boost the rest of your otherwise productive day.
If you do decided to keep going, try to stack related chores on top of one another — Stacking chores that relate to one another can be a great way to get more done in a more efficient manner, and it can even help cut down on time and effort.
- Stacking tasks, much like what’s discussed in Atomic Habits about stacking habits, can be a great way to make these tasks more of a habit than a tedious chore, and you’ll be able to get it all done far more quickly.
- For instance, on Trash Day, try to quickly throw out expired foods, recycle recycling, and wipe fridge shelves down with a lightly damp microfiber cloth and some warm water (no soap needed for light messes).
- If you don’t finish in time, no worries.— You’ll get faster over time the more you do and the more consistent you are at it.
Multitask — Cleaning on its own can feel tedious, boring, and like a burden. However, when you make it entertaining and try to multitask when you see an open opportunities, you can get things done in a more pain-free way and free up more time in your day to do more important or entertaining things.
- One way to multitask with cleaning is to do it during a commercial break. Don’t watch TV? Try it during opening and/or ending credits of your favorite marathon show when you have your next Netflix or Amazon Prime show or movie binger.
- Have a break in the middle of cooking while wait for that pot of water to boil or waiting impaitently for dinner to finish roasting or baking? Take that time to clean up after you cook for a minute or two.
Reward yourself — Sometimes a little reward goes a long way, but rewards don’t have to be expensive or even involve money.
- A good reward can be taking the rest of the day, or even the following day, away from cleaning, short of maybe picking up after yourelf or minimal tasks you don’t mind doing, which is what I like to do once a week.
- Another good reward would be giving yourself permission to do things you may love doing (or do too much), but need to kind of ease up on. That might include binging on Netflix, gaming for a bit, checking out social media, or having some of the ice cream you’ve been trying to ignore all week.
- Try to use timed challenges to your advantage in the future — Timed challenges can be ideal for when you don’t feel like doing something but probably should. This is regardless if it’s cleaning, exercise, or work. Just make sure you stay focused and make the most of that time once you get started.
- Try to stay consistent with your cleaning – Staying consistent with your can be crucial for keeping chores quick and easy to manage; otherwise, waiting too long between cleanings may result in you having to scrub or take extra, unnecessary steps, which can quickly add up in minutes.
- 2-minute chores work best if you clean before you really need to. Ever wonder how some people always seem to have a clean house, whether in your personal life or even online? Aside from keeping clutter at bay and having a spot for most things, this is where consistency comes into play too. As the great cleaning guru and creator of Zone Cleaning, Flylady, basically says: it’s actually more efficient to clean something before it really needs it. Don’t believe it? Why not give it a try the next time you clean an area or item you hate that takes a lot of time (i.e., oven, vacuuming, dusting, microwave). 🙂
2-Minute Cleaning Chores
1. Clean Kitchen Counters
Believe it or not, you can easily clean counters in your kitchen in less than two minutes. And if there’s not a lot sitting out or to move, you should be able to get it done in less than one minute.
2. Speed Clean a Bathroom
Hate cleaning the bathroom? Try daily maintenance or partial cleaning, which can be as quick or as detailed as you want.
You can typically get a lot done in the bathroom in under two minutes, from tidying up and wiping down the counters, spot-cleaning the mirror, and even giving the toilet a quick wipe down.
When in doubt, start small, such as cleaning the toilet (minus the bowl, unless you want to) or countertops. You could also time yourself for 2 minutes and see how much you can do.
Example of 2-minute Maintenance Bathroom Cleaning
- Tidy up your counters and anything left sitting out.
- If it’s been a few days since you’ve cleaned the toilet, check to see if there’s lint. If so, try to dust it away using a piece of dry toilet paper or paper towel before spraying anything onto the surface.
- Take a few seconds to spray down your counters, sink, and faucet with your favorite spray cleaner.
- Spray the toilet tank and seat underneath the seat, rim, and inside the bowl (optional).
- Clean the counters, faucet, and then sink.
- Follow up by cleaning the tank, handle, lid, seat, under seat and rim. Make sure to work you way from top to bottom to avoid contamination.
- Spot clean mirrors using a lightly damp microfiber cloth alongside a polishing cloth (option).
- Check trash and empty if necessary.
- Change any used handtowels.
- Check toilet paper.
Tips & Helpful Habits
Want more time-saving bathroom tips, timed challenges, and motivation? Check out our post on 24 Simple 5-Minute Spring Cleaning Chores in the Bathroom for tricks and tasks you can do or use year-round.
3. Wipe Down the Exterior of Your Kitchen Appliances
Take a minute or two to wipe down your kitchen appliances. You can do this with a lightly damp microfiber cloth and a polishing cloth, or something like a stainless steel polish if you happen to have stainless steel without the fingerprint-proof feature.
4. Clean Your Stovetop
Cleaning your stovetop can easily join the 2-minute chores list, providing things are kept up on and spills and debris are cleaned up sooner rather than later. Try to aim for lint-free cleaning cloths and try to experiment to get a feel for what works best for your particular stovetop type.
5. Maintenance Brush Your Pet
Take a minute or two to brush your pet. You don’t have to be super detailed; just do what you can do in that amount of time. Every bit counts, and it’s something you can do off and on throughout the week if the idea puts you off to do a full-blown brushing session otherwise.
More Pet-Related Cleaning Tips
6. Dust and Clean Light Fixtures
Cleaning your light fixtures is another great task from our 2-minute chores list that you can do pretty much whenever. However, we usually recommend dusting directly before vacuuming—especially if you haven’t dusted in a while.
Cleaning your light fixtures may include simply dusting the items or dusting and following up with a lightly damp cloth afterward to wipe things down.
Dusting can be a lot easier the sooner you do it, particularly with things such as ceiling fixtures and fans, and can be done weekly or every other week with something like a microfiber or Swiffer duster for speedier work. Detail cleaning with a cloth can be done monthly or even quarterly, depending on your preference and circumstances.
It’s also good to check and clean out any glass covers or baubles, such as on sconces or chandeliers every now and then to clean out any debris or bugs that might have gotten inside.
7. Empty the Vacuum
Most people hate cleaning out the vacuum, which is why it’s an excellent task to use as a 2-minute cleaning chore or challenge. It’s also a good way of reminding yourself just how fast cleaning a vacuum out can be in reality, since many people tend to overthink it or cleaning tasks in general.
Therefore, try to take a few moments to empty the unit and replace any bags if there should happen to be any. This is also a great time to change any filters that might come with the machine and wipe down the vacuum to keep it running efficiently and in good shape.
Tips and Helpful Habits
8. Deep Clean a Toilet
And in case you missed cleaning the toilet during Step 6, it can take less than a minute to deep clean your toilet, including the bowl. Who knew?
And the more frequently you do it, the less disgusting it feels and easier it will be to clean. After all, there’s less lint and dust involved and just less of the other mess in general if you keep up on it.
Regular or Deep Cleaning a Toilet
Tips and Helpful Habits
It’s usually recommended to clean the toilet at least once a week, but even twice or more can make a huge difference in time, effort, and lessening the overall gross factor.
We prefer to “deep clean” the toilets, as mentioned in this step, and then do maintenance cleanings a few days out of the week, which focuses mainly on the tank, handle, seat, and rim after cleaning the counter, sink, and faucet.
9. Clean Some Cabinet Doors or Drawer Fronts
Cleaning the cabinet doors and drawer fronts may seem pointless, but a lot of gunk, grease, and stuck-on dust can accumulate on them over time that can be difficult to clean after a while.
Wiping them clean on a consistent basis can save you a lot of cleaning trouble later. Plus, it only takes a few minutes and can help keep your kitchen look clean, fresh, and inviting.
Best of all, you can usually get the job done with a microfiber cloth that’s been barely dampened with warm water.
For surfaces with a bit of grease buildup, you can try a minimal amount of warm, soapy water. Just make sure to “rinse” it clean with a barely damp cloth and warm water only afterward—soap and many cleaning products often leave behind a residue, which can sometimes attract more dirt and dust.
NOTE: Always test first to make sure that your cabinets can handle a small amount of water or refer to the cabinetry manufacturer’s instructions.
10. Wipe Down the Inside of Your Microwave
Taking two minutes or less (usually less) to clean the inside of your microwave on a consistent basis throughout the week is a great way to maintenance clean your microwave and minimize the need for any heavy-duty cleaning.
All you need is a lightly damp microfiber using warm water. Or use a slightly soapy sponge or cloth first if there’s some stuck-on mess involved before wiping clean.
Tips and Helpful Habits
- You only need a little bit of water when using a microfiber cloth. Too much water can lessen the effects of the cloth and won’t be good for the cabinetry either.
- If you use soap or cleaner to clean your cabinets, try to wipe the product clean as much as possible to avoid residue, which can cause more dirt and dust to latch onto the surface later.
- Clean what you can in 2 minutes and come back, or go for as long as you like.
- If you need supplies, like a step ladder, make sure to have it before you need.
- Work from top to bottom when possible.
- Try to dust the cabinets before you get started to remove any loose dust, debris, or lint.
- If you have a larger kitchen, you can try to break the task down section-by-section.
- Try to clean your cabinets regularly—no less than every quarter, if possible.
- Dust your cabinets at least once a month, if every other week or weekly, to keep cleaning down to a minimum later.
11. Clean and De-crumb the Toaster or Toaster Oven
It’s one of those tasks a lot of people skip out on as much as possible, but it generally only takes a minute or so unless things have been allowed to build up or have become petrified.
You can save a lot of time and potentially prevent things like potential fires or ants by routinely emptying the crumbs and wiping things down before it gets too bad—especially if you have a toaster oven.
12. Clean and Tidy a Cabinet Shelf
Hate cleaning and organizing the inside of your cabinets?
So do we, but it really makes a world of difference when you do. That’s why we love working at it in short bursts. Short bursts feel less tedious and more doable, and you’re less likely to procrastinate if it’s a quickie.
We sometimes go longer or do more in a single sitting, or we’ll spread the task out until the job’s finished. It works great regardless if you’re cleaning up your kitchen, bath, hallway, or bedroom.
13. Dust the Top of Your Refrigerator
Okay, so this one takes more like 5 seconds to do instead of being one of the actual 2-minute chores, but we thought we’d add it anyway since so many people tend to forget to clean the top of their refrigerator. If you can get to the sides, too, then go for it.
It’s helpful to dust at least the top of the refrigerator every month or so since fridges tend to be dust magnets due to the amount of electricity involved. The more often you do it, the less dust involved. The less dust involved, the less mess you’ll have to clean up later.
14. Clean the Kitchen or Bathroom Sink
Cleaning the kitchen or bathroom sink generally takes a few seconds, but it’s still something that people tend to neglect, leading to more unnecessary work later on.
Luckily, you can easily add cleaning sinks to your routine. Some people do this by adding it to their daily morning or evening routines, generally stacked with other small or must-do tasks. Others may make it a part of their daily or throughout the week, even if they don’t do it at a specific time.
Tips and Helpful Habits
- Try to make sure that dishes are loaded in the dishwasher or washed by the end of the day and as sooner as possible, if not immediately, and ask other housemates to do the same.
- Not leaving dishes in the sink can be a great way to lessen a tremendous amount of effort with your cleaning regimen and make cleaning the sink that much easier, too.
- Stack cleaning the sink with some other ritual, whether that’s doing the dishes, wiping down counters, or waiting for your morning coffee to brew. Every bit helps.
- You and other household members will be more likely to get in the habit of not leaving dishes in the sink by always making sure the dishwasher is ready to go or emptied as soon as possible, whether if this is done at night or first thing in the morning. The more people get used to seeing a clean and empty sink, the more likely they’ll notice when they’re not following suit. You can switch off on emptying it or see if someone prefers doing it instead of other household tasks, like vacuuming or mopping.
- If you don’t have a dishwasher, try to find a way to make doing dishes easier and faster—especially if you or other housemates struggle with doing them.
15. Clean the Medicine Cabinet
Cleaning the medicine cabinet can sound tedious, but it can be really quick to do and usually only takes 2 minutes or so at best. Just make sure to move at a reasonable rate and have a rough idea of how you’ll be doing things. Try to clean the mirror as well, if you can.
Tips and Helpful Habits
We typically use a microfiber cloth that’s been dampened with a little bit of warm water and wrung out for this task. And we’ll often start by cleaning the mirror using the lint-free microfiber cloth and some warm water, followed by a polishing cloth to shine and buff out any fingerprints.
We then like to start on the inside by getting get rid of stuff we need to throw out or no longer use and set it aside to deal with later. Next, we pull the remaining items out so we can clean the shelves.
Before placing the items back in the cabinet, make sure that they’re wiped off and clean.
16. Empty Out Expired Food from a Fridge or Pantry Shelf
Even if you don’t get to all of it at once, spending a minute or two during the week to clean out your fridge or pantry can be a great way to keep down on the clutter and mess.
It’s also great for keeping track of any food you might need to repurchase or maybe don’t want to repurchase in the near future due to it not being eaten soon enough.
It’s also a good time to spot clean the fridge with a lightly damp cleaning cloth to get rid of any crumbs or spills. This helps to cut down on time and effort when it’s time to detail-clean the fridge late on.
You can even do this around times like Trash Day or before you go grocery shopping so that the fridge and grocery list are ready to go when you need them to be.
17. Speed Clean a Few Windows
Cleaning your windows can be broken down into bite-sized chunks if you struggle with doing them consistently.
We found that we prefer to do this using a microfiber cloth and polishing cloths since they’re lint and streak-free, no chemicals are involved, which means no buildup, and the only other thing you usually will need is warm water.
Regardless if you plan to do one window, one floor at a time, or several in one shot, you can set a two or even 5-minute timer to bust through the task at your leisure. The neat part is the more you do it, the faster and easier it gets.
Tips and Helpful Habits
It’s good to keep in mind that if you’re new to using the microfiber and water only method to clean your window that previous cleaning products may have built up on the surface of the window. This can sometimes cause streaking until the buildup is removed, which may take several cleanings.
If you find that it takes more than one or two cleanings to get the residue off, you can try using vinegar water to help break things up.
For exterior windows with a lot of build-up, it may help to wash them first with hot, soapy water first.
18. Clean Some Mirrored or Glass Surfaces
Just as with cleaning your windows, you can also speed clean your mirrored and glass surfaces as 2-minute chores, even if you don’t get to all of it in one sitting.
Again, it helps to have few cleaning products involved as necessary, but do what works best for your needs. Just make sure to have a rough idea of what you’ll be doing before you get started, and the process should be pretty straightforward.
Common Glass or Mirror Surfaces
19. Speed Dust a Room
Speed dusting a room or floor can be a great way to keep up on the task on a weekly basis. You also don’t have to be super meticulous about it. Just do what you can and get the rest later, whether you plan to do it as a 2-minute chore or want to go for longer.
Tips and Helpful Habits
Again, have a feel for what direction or manner you’ll be moving in, and don’t forget baseboards, fans, electronics, etc. The more often you dust these items, the less physical cleaning you’ll have to do throughout the year and the easier the entire process will be.
- Try to have a 360-degree, pliable duster that can move around things so you don’t have to constently move them each time you dust, like this one by Swiffer. These are great for quick maintenance or speed dusting.
- Always aim to work from top to bottom and try to move in the same direction. This will help prevent dust from falling onto already-dusted surfaces. It will also you become faster at doing it if you do it in the same manner each time.
- Dusting more often will also help your dusting tools last longer, including disposable options, like Swiffer. Swiffer products are actually recyclable when you send them back through the company’s recycling program (as of to date).