Home Journal: 15 Minute Clean – Kids Room

I have been promising more “15 minute cleans” forever and I’ve decided to re-start on kids rooms. If you know us, you know the girls’ rooms go from clean to “OH MY GOD!” in about 15 seconds. I’m tired of cleaning for them so they are both getting a print out of this (as soon as I unpack my printer cables….).

I made it simple, but detailed, and also gave them some reasoning and fun while cleaning, and especially when done. The biggest thing is that this doesn’t have to be perfection, and if they do it 2x a week or more, it will stay relatively clean and ready for a 30minut’er when someone is coming over!

I hope I made it general enough for your use. As usual a PDF and an editable will be below.

1.       Gather all of your needed supplies together:

  •         Trash container.
  •         Basket for stuff that does not belong in your room.
  •         Laundry hamper.
  •         A toy box.
  •         Wipes.
  •         Vacuum.

2.       Grab all your dirty clothes and put them in your hamper. They’re probably on the floor right around it anyway!

3.       Pick up the trash and toss it. Only worry about trash! Just pick up the stuff you can see and toss it.

4.       Make your bed. Remember: Take the toys off first…

If making the bed seems like a waste of time, humor me (from about.com).

  •         Smooth out the sheets.
  •         Smooth out the blanket or comforter.
  •         Fluff your pillows.
  •         Stand back and take a quick look at the bed. It looks much neater, not necessarily better, just neater. On the plus side, you’re not as likely to lose things in your bed when it’s neat!!

5.       Grab all the clean clothes and refold or rehang.

  •         This is where that made bed comes in handy. If you have a lot of clothes to refold or rehang you can neatly stack them on your bed to remind you to fold them later. This saves you a little time now, keeps the room looking neat, and makes sure you will be reminded to fold them before trying to crawl into bed  (from about.com).

6.       Pickup all the toys from the floor, bed, desk, etc.

  •         Put them into a toybox, petnet, or wherever they belong.
  •         Don’t worry about sorting out what toy goes with what piece. Just put them all into the box.

7.       Put all of the items that DO NOT belong in your bedroom into the extra basket. Don’t worry about where they go or who they belong to, just toss them in the basket.

8.       Vacuum.

  •         Don’t worry about moving big furniture; just vacuum the carpet that you can see.

9.       Wipe flat surfaces with a wipe.

10.     Put away your supplies.

11.     If you had a lot of clothes to put away – NOW’S YOUR CHANCE!

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Home Journal: 15 Minute Clean Kitchen

The Kitchen. 


It is the room I love the most, yet hate the most… when it comes to cleaning that is. I could spend all day in there cooking, experimenting, drinking coffee, and the like. But I hate cleaning up my mess! 🙂


I have come across several “quick clean” posts, articles, and printables on the web but none were quite universal. I wrote this one at the apartment, and I’ve reviewed it here at the new place with the larger kitchen – with less storage… how does that happen??? Ah well, that’s another post! Anyway… It still works.


This one is practical, not pretty. I guess I could print it on fancy paper, but it’s functional, and really, does anything else matter?


Here’s the steps I’m using, and hopefully I’ve made it universal enough to work for you, too.

1.       Gather all of your needed supplies together:
·        Trash container.
·        Basket-for stuff that does not belong in the kitchen.
·        Cleaners you normally use.
·        Dishrag, sponge, scrubber
·        Broom, mop, or vacuum.
2.       Run a sink of hot, soapy water.
3.       Scrape old food into the trash.
4.       Place dishes that need to soak into the water.
·        Try to choose the dishes that are going to give you the most trouble to get clean.
·        Put the heavily soiled dishes on the bottom.
·        Large dishes like pans and bowls can be filled with hot soapy water and set on the counter to soak.
5.       Clear trash.
·        While the dishes are soaking, go through and clear out trash.
·        Don’t worry about things that are out of place, or don’t belong in the kitchen. Worry only about trash.
6.       Gather all the items that do not belong in the kitchen.
·        Put all these items into the basket.
·        If you have a helper (willing or unwilling) send them put away these items.
·        Do not stop working on the kitchen to take these misplaced items to their homes.
7.       Put away all of the items that belong in the kitchen but are not in their proper places.
·        Don’t allow yourself to get distracted by rearranging cabinets, drawers, etc.
·        Simply place the items that are out back where they belong.
8.       Wash the dishes.
·        If possible, grab a couple of other people and form a wash, rinse, dry and put away assembly line. Otherwise, leave them to dry until you have a few minutes to put them away.
·        Alternately you can just load & turn on the dishwasher.
9.       Wash down your countertop, appliances, and sink.
·        Rinse out sponges and rags. If needed, put them in the dirty laundry.
·        We’re not heavy duty cleaning here. I literally mean wash down the visible surfaces.
·        Don’t open the microwave and scrub it out. We’re not cleaning the crumbs out of the toaster. Just quickly wipe it down.
10. Sweep, mop, or vacuum.
11. Take out the trash.
        ·       If the trash is full, or tomorrow is trash day, take the trash out, and reline the can.

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And so it begins…

So… all this packing I have been complaining about? Tomorrow our friends are coming over to help us with the transplant of the majority of our house.

I’m excited.

I’m dreading it.

I’ll be a much happier person once it’s done. It really is going well and what is best is that I have not semi-permanently disabled myself in the process like my last move.

On a good note I feel like I’m more prepared for this move. I’m sure the majority of my lack of organization on my last move was the fact that I couldn’t walk.. sit.. stand… FUNCTION because my back hurt so bad. I’m able to take my time this move and pack some daily and I’m not hurting.

Did I mention I’m not hurting?

It’s fabulous!

I may be MIA for a few days while we get this done. I promise that once I get settled I’ll recap the Home Journal and move along on it’s creation.

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