60 Cleaning Tasks That Take 5 Minutes or Less

No time to clean your home? Try these 60 Cleaning Tasks that Take 5 Minutes or Less to get your home cleaned fast when you are short on time.

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Life is busy. Between work, appointments, and kids’ activities, the days are full. The last thing we want to think about after such a hectic day is household chores.

Finding the time to clean your home every day can be so overwhelming especially when there are a hundred other things pulling for your attention.

The trick is to focus your energy on simple tasks that you can get done quickly. You may not have a day or even an hour to clean your home all at one time but what you can probably find is a quick 5 minutes here and there throughout your day.

These quick cleaning tasks that take 5 minutes or less are the perfect way to get your home clean when you are lacking the time or motivation.

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60 Cleaning Tasks That Take 5 Minutes or Less

I have starred the tasks that should be prioritized daily for a cleaner home. These are the tasks that I do in my morning and nightly cleaning routines.

kitchen with white cabinets


Here are some quick tasks that can be done in the kitchen. Try to focus on wiping counters, sweeping your floor, and keeping up with your dishes daily. These small tasks along with keeping the clutter to a minimum can have the biggest impact when it comes to how clean your home feels.

  • Wipe counters*
  • Sweep floor*
  • Load and start dishwasher*
  • Unload the dishwasher*
  • Wipe out sink
  • Clean garbage cans
  • Wipe out refrigerator
  • Clean freezer
  • Wipe small appliances
  • Tidy a kitchen cabinet
  • Clean top of the fridge
  • Wipe down cabinets
  • Clean microwave
  • Wash coffee pot
  • Tidy utensil drawer
  • Clean stovetop
  • Tidy counters
  • Wipe down appliances
  • Mop floor
  • Tidy Pantry
  • Pull out expired food from the fridge
  • Take out garbage

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The bathroom is definitely my least favorite spot to clean in my home (I’m guessing it may be yours as well). The good news is that it can usually be cleaned quickly as most of these jobs are less than 5 minutes. 

  • Wipe counters*
  • Sweep floor*
  • Clean toilet*
  • Empty trash*
  • Wipe out sink
  • Tidy counters
  • Clean shower/bathtub
  • Wipe down bathroom cabinets
  • Clean bathroom drawer
  • Tidy medicine cabinet
  • Clean mirror
  • Mop floor

white livingroom and white couch with bookshelves

Living room

The living room is probably one of the easiest rooms to clean- if the clutter is kept under control(bins or baskets can help contain toy clutter) A vacuum and a quick tidy is usually all that is needed to make the living room feel cleaner. 

  • Dust end stands/ coffee table
  • Vacuum floor
  • Wipe remote controls
  • Fold blankets
  • Tidy and fluff pillows

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Making your bed is one of those cleaning tasks that can have such a big impact on your day. Since it’s usually one of the first things you do in the morning, it makes you feel accomplished and can set you up for a more productive day. 

  • Make the bed*
  • Clean nightstand
  • Clean a drawer

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Laundry room

Laundry is one of those things that can get out of control quickly if it’s not kept up with. If you don’t have a specific day that you do your laundry try to make it a habit to throw a load in either every morning or night to stay on top of it.

  • Put in a load of laundry
  • Fold a load of laundry
  • Put away a load of laundry

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If you have an office in your home or even an area in your kitchen where you keep your mail, try to find 5 minutes throughout your week to go through your mail and get rid of anything you don’t want and file the important papers.

  • Tidy desk
  • Go through paper mail 
  • Wipe computer screen, mouse, and keyboard

All rooms

These tasks should be completed in all the rooms. It doesn’t take long to go from room to room to wipe down light switches or clear cobwebs. However, since windows and window blinds take longer, try and focus on one window at a time when you have 5 minutes to spare.

  • Pick up clutter*
  • Clean door handles
  • Wipe down light switches
  • Dust window blinds
  • Clear cobwebs
  • Dust ceiling fans
  • Clean a window
  • Dust surfaces
  • Clean light fixtures

border collie sitting on couch

If you have pets in your home, you know how challenging it can be to keep your home clean. That is why breaking up the cleaning tasks into 5-minute chunks can definitely make your life easier.


  • Wash pet bowls
  • Clean or change cat litter
  • Remove pet hair from couch/chairs with a lint brush

Print your free 5-minute cleaning task printable below and keep it handy when you have a few minutes free to start cleaning your home.

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Print this 5 Minute Cleaning Tasks List 


I hope that you have been inspired to start on one of these simple 5-minute cleaning tasks today. They are the perfect cleaning hacks to save you time and be more productive at home.

Learn how to keep your home consistently clean

Of course, the very best way to keep your home consistently clean is by using routines and habits with a few cleaning hacks thrown in. I know that since I have been using these systems, keeping my home clean has been so much easier.

That’s not to say that there are not times when my home needs a good deep cleaning. But, using cleaning schedules has allowed me to stay on top of my cleaning and enjoy a cleaner and more comfortable home.

If you are interested in learning more about my cleaning routines, you can print out my free checklists below.

Free Cleaning Checklists

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