How to Find Time to Clean During Your Day: Balanced Series Day 6


How to Find an Hour’s Worth of Cleaning Time in the Random Moments of Your Day

I don’t have hours a day to clean . . . although since I have a college-aged son, a husband, a grandma, and three kids six-years-old and under at home, I wish I did!

Instead, I’ve developed the habit of using random minutes throughout the day to clean. Here’s what I’ve done in the last week:

  • Unloaded the dishwasher while waiting for my daughter’s bagel to toast.
  • Picked up three toys as I’m walking across the living room to call the kids down for dinner.
  • Sorted the rubber bands and bobby pins as I’m brushing my teeth.
  • Picked up all the empty water bottles and papers in my car as I’m grabbing my purse to go inside.
  • Sorted through mail as I’m browning the hamburger for tonight’s spaghetti.
  • Took dirty clothes from my bathroom to the laundry room on the way to make my morning coffee.
  • Folded laundry when I’m on a business call.
  • Swept the floor as I helped my daughter with her homework.

It’s amazing how these little things add up! And when I see a straightened pantry (done while I was waiting for pasta to boil) it makes me want to tackle the crumbs on the counters. It’s amazing how the little things add up!

How about you? How do you use those random minutes throughout the day to clean?

Today’s Prayer

Dear Lord, thank you for the random moments throughout my day. Help me to make the most of them and to recognize them for what they are: little blessings.

Resources You Might Like:

Easy Green Living
Home Cleaning Made Easy
The Naturally Clean Home

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  1. Tricia, very wise. The little things do add up over time, and I think taking those snippets of time and putting them to good use towards housecleaning is a great idea. Mind if I borrow it? 🙂


  2. I read this post (and it’s matching chapter in the book) this morning and then found myself happily moving about my house doing little things on the go. Folding a sheet from the weekend’s sleepover while checking my daughter’s morning progress, picking up a couple of train tracks as I walked to the kitchen, putting a load of washing in the machine as I waited for my computer to load up, etc. And it felt good to know each little bit I was doing wasn’t burning me out, but still achieving what I was aiming for today.
    Am finding this challenge super helpful to readjust my mindset towards my time. Thanks.

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