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51. Clean Your Pet’s Bowls
Clean pet bowls is something that a lot of people skip out on or don’t do all that often, but they can get pretty nasty and relatively quick, which is why they should generally be clean weekly if not daily, or even just a few times a week.
Not only is it something your pet will appreciate, but you can even reduce unwanted household odors and the potential for ants and other critters.
If the bowls are really dirty, you can try soaking them with warm soapy water for a few minutes first. If the water bowl has mineral build-up or a reddish tinge to it, try soaking the bowl with some vinegar or lemon water for about 10 minutes, then wipe using a paper towel before washing.
Want to know about more pet-related chores that generally only take a few minutes? Check out our 14 Ultimate Pet-Related Spring Cleaning Chores & Helpful Tips and 11 Easy Tips On How To Keep Pet Fur Under Control At Home post next (new tab).
52. De-Fur Some Furniture
Fur being stuck to furniture is just another part of life when you own fur babies, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that fur has to become one with the couch all the time, even if it happens to be in the word “furniture.”
These days, there are plenty of options to removing it from upholstered furniture, such as vacuuming, using lint rollers, or running over things with an electrostatic clean, such as the ChomChom or similar.
While it can feel like a bit of a nuisance, staying on top of it can be essential, which is why it’s helpful to incorporate it into your daily routines, such as with morning and evening cleaning routines, or as you happen to see fur building up.
Curious how the ChomChom Roller works and how well it might tackle the job of removing pet hair? Check out our ChomChom Roller Review here.
53. Vacuum a Piece of Furniture
Pet hair isn’t the only thing that can get on or in your furniture or favorite couch. Things such as dirt, dust, dander, food, and other bits of debris can as well, many of which can also lead to allergies.
Dander (a.k.a. your skin) is also a food source for another critter that can make your allergies worse: dust mites. Or rather dust mite feces.
Because of this, it’s always good to take a few minutes to vacuum your furniture at least once a week, if not more, to keep things in check. You can even break it down into sections if you feel like doing it all at once is too much.
Worried about Dust Mites? Check out our post on 14 Easy Tips on How to Reduce and Prevent Dust Mites next (new tab).
54. Shake Out and Vacuum Some Doormats and Rugs.
Shaking out your dust mats literally takes seconds at a time, which is why it makes for yet another awesome 2-minute or less chore that you can do virtually any time in order to keep your home looking and feeling neatish.
If this is something you forget to do, try setting reminders for yourself on your phone or other devices and organizing systems.
55. Declutter a cabinet shelf
Sometimes we avoid tasks when they sound overwhelming and time-consuming, and cabinet organizing and cleaning is generally one of those chores that tends to top the list.
Fortunately, you can speed through it faster than you think, simply by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable 2-minute chores.
This can be done by doing one or two shelves at a time or even seeing how many you can do in x-amount of minutes.
Want more bite-sized cleaning challenges for the kitchen? How about trying a few of these 21 Spring Cleaning Kitchen Tasks You Can Do In 5 Minutes Or Less as an appetizer, many of which you can easily do year-round.
56. Declutter Your Counterspace
Decluttering your counter space can make a huge impact on the way your kitchen functions, looks, feels, and hard it is to clean and keep clean. It’s also something that can affect your moods as well as how well you work in it.
Store What’s Not Used Regularly
It helps to not just tidy but reduce clutter as much as possible, only leaving out things that make sense to leave out or need to be left out, followed by a few decor pieces that you love.
This includes small appliances, spices, utensils, and other things that you might have space for in your cabinets and may not use much, all while leaving out essentials or things you use nearly every day. This might mean putting your toaster in a cabinet if you don’t use it while leaving the coffeemaker out, and maybe even the blender if you’re trying to make smoothies but hate taking the blender out.
That way, the things you want or need to see are left out, whether that means decor items or things that might need your attention, like mail, vitamins, or foods you should be eating but don’t.
57. Clean a Kitchen Backsplash or Wall
One way to keep your kitchen or bathroom looking new is to make sure that the backsplash is cleaned consistently. And if you do it often enough, it can be really easy to do, just using a slightly damp microfiber cloth or your preferred cleaning method.
This is something you can do when you have a spare moment—especially if you find that you struggle to do it as one bulk job. You can do it while waiting on food to cook, whether on the stove, in the oven, or if you happen to be nuking something in the microwave. You can also do it while brushing your teeth or even brushing your hair if you feel daring and like multitasking.
And if you have a large bathroom or kitchen with a lot of backsplash, you can always break it down into smaller, 2- or 5-minute jobs. And if you don’t have any backsplash, you can also spot clean your wall if any food or dust has accumulated.
58. Clean a Mirror Or Two
Two minutes allows for plenty of time to clean a mirror or two, regardless if it’s in your bathroom or other parts of the home.
Tips and Helpful Habits
- To avoid the issue of smearing lint and other fine debris, consider dusting the mirror(s) first before using anything wet on it.
- Microfiber cloths along with poloshing cloths are a fantastic way to get an impressive, lint and streak-free shine from your mirrors and only using plain, warm water. Our favorite kit is this one by E-cloth, but they also have a window-cleaning kit that also works well.
59. Clean the Dining Room Table
Many people neglect to clean their dining room table properly, even though it’s fairly easy to do and can take less than 2 minutes, even if you happen to get the legs as well.
This is an ideal 2-minute quick chore you can do while in the middle of things or as motivation to clean the kitchen or dining room in a longer spurt of time. Don’t forget the legs. Consider going for the chairs or chair frames if you have time, too.
60. Refill a Kitchen Bin, Box, or Other Item
Spending two minutes or so to work on refilling bins or items in the kitchen or laundry room is a great way to stay on top of things and you can do it virtually any time you have a moment or two to spare.
Tips and Helpful Habits
- Have a plan. Knowing what items you’ll be refilling before you get started will help save you time and ensure you get the job done faster so that you can see other things throughout your day.
61. Refill Toiletries
Taking a few moments to refill items in your bathroom to refill toiletries like Q-tips, cotton pads or balls, toilet paper, feminine products, and other essentials can easily be done in a few minutes. You can also incorporate it into your weekly, monthly, or even quarterly routine so that you don’t forget.
62. Clean Some Doorknobs and Handles
Cleaning doorknobs, handles, or even switches and other points of contact is another thing you can do in just a few minutes, whether you stick to one room, one level of the home, or go through the entire house.
As with refilling items in the kitchen or bathroom, it helps to have a plan for what you’ll be doing and how you’ll be doing things before you actually get started. Try to move in on direction through your home to help ensure things aren’t missed and to save steps.
63. Clean the Light Switches and Around Them
If you didn’t get to it in the last step, cleaning the light switches can be done really quickly and just using a lightly damp cloth or cleaning wipe. Just make sure to get around the switch, too, since people often end up missing and greasing up the wall over time.
You can also carefully wipe down outlets, though it’s important not to use too much water on your cloth, if any, and to use caution since water and electricity do not mix. When in doubt, you can also shut the power off.
64. Dust Lampshades
Dusting lampshades is an easy task that many people have to talk themselves into, and I used to be one of those people. But it’s a really simple task that can actually make a big difference in a space and quite possibly for your allergies too.
Ways to Do It
While some folks will try to vacuum lampshades clean, our favorite go-to method for cleaning lampshades is to use a strong adhesive tape, like a tape-style lint roller or even packing tape. You can also try a dry or barely damp cloth with some grip to it, such as microfiber ones. Just make sure that the cloth is color-safe or won’t bleed onto the shade.
65. Clean a Faucet or Showerhead
One easy task out of these 2-minute chores that most people tend to blow off, making it harder to do later, is cleaning their shower head or faucet to help remove and prevent calcification, or mineral build-up, from occurring. And, as with most things on the list, the more often you do it, the faster it will be.
Tips and Helpful Habits
Some people prefer to clean their faucet and/or showerhead with store-bought products, but plain old vinegar can sometimes work wonders too. The general concept with the vinegar is to soak the faucet or showerhead in vinegar water (equal parts vinegar to water) for about 5-20 minutes, depending on the severity of the build-up.
This can be done by soaking showerheads or faucets in a bowl if you’re able to pull it off or remove the piece. However, if that sounds like too much ever, we love using this vinegar product by Mrs. Meyer’s, which does a great job of staying in place longer so that the vinegar and lemon can do their job.
66. Change a Filter
Changing filters throughout the home on a consistent basis can be essential for keeping things running properly—especially expensive items like air conditioning units, vacuums, etc.
Luckily, many filters are usually changed or meant to be cleaned within so many months or weeks, which means you can set a reminder for yourself on your phone or other devices to stay on top of it.
Common Filters to Change
67. Freshen Up a Room
Freshening up a room can help boost moods and motivate people to clean, and you can usually do it in a few minutes if not a few seconds. This might be done using your signature scent, like a candle or spray, by diffusing your favorite essential oils or spritzing a popular air freshener.
Ways to Freshen Things Up
Other things you can do is to use scented sprays for fabrics and furniture, such as these products by Clorox and Febreze, or using unscented odor-eliminating products such as Zero Odor or activated charcoal bags (not ideal for large spaces)
Of course, one sure-fire way to freshen a home—especially if you dislike scented or chemical options—is to open the windows and let some fresh air in.
Another quick yet long-term fix is to use good-quality air purifiers, such as some of the more popular ones that you can find here. Just make sure, if you do get one, that it’s adequate enough for the space you plan to put it in.
It’s also important to make sure to wash and clean fabric items that are washable ever so often to help remove unwanted odors. This might include anything from furniture to curtains or carpeting.
68. Freshen Up Throw Pillows and Blankets
Taking the time to freshen up pillows and throw blankets can help reduce odors, bacteria, and possibly even dust mites.
You can do this with a variety of store-bought products and DIY treatments commonly found on sites like Pinterest and depending on your goals. Some people may have their pillows and throws dry cleaned if they’re more delicate, while others prefer to wash them on their own, following the care instructions.
Regardless if you plan to toss them in the washer and dryer now and then (or the dryer on a steam “refresh” setting, or prefer maintenance-style to spritz with your favorite deodorizing or bacteria-slaying product or DIY treatment, it really only takes a few minutes of actual effort.
Tips and Helpful Habits
69. Schedule a Donation Pickup or Put Donations In Your Car To Drop Off
Have a bunch of stuff to donate but haven’t gotten to it yet? Then consider spending a few minutes scheduling for a pickup, which you can often do online these days, or go ahead and put donations in your car to have them dropped off the next day or at least within the next few days. And good job!