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Keep Your Apartment Clean in 20 Minutes or Less A Day

Adulting + How to Keep Your Apartment Clean in 20 Minutes or Less a Day

Who gets home on a Thursday night, looks around their apartment, and asks “how the heck did it get this messy?” SAME. And I live with another person who helps clean things up. That being said, I often don’t have the time/energy to spend time cleaning and picking up my house for over an hour every night. So how the heck do you keep your apartment clean

Here are 20 things that you can do in order to make your apartment less of a mess come Saturday or Sunday morning.

Disclaimer: I am assuming here that you are living in a smaller apartment or house. So some of the tasks might take more than 20 minutes.

Keep Your Apartment Clean in 20 Minutes or Less A Day

How to Keep Your Apartment Clean in 20 Minutes or Less a Day

5 Minutes or Less

  • Make your bed: doesn’t need to be hospital corners or hotel quality, just smooth it out a little bit.
  • Pick up your clothes and put them in a hamper
  • Stain treat any clothes
  • Put your breakfast dishes in the dishwasher
  • Wipe down your counter top
  • Put your shoes away nicely
  • Hang up coats

10 Minutes or Less

  • Clean your purse and/or work bag out
  • Unload and load your dishwasher
  • Wash Dishes
  • Fold a Load of Laundry

15 Minutes or Less

  • Vacuum at least one room
  • Wipe down your bathroom
  • Clean out your fridge
  • Dust your bookshelves, tv stand, and anything else

20 Minutes of Less

  • Clean your kitchen by doing the dishes, wiping down the stove and counter top
  • Pick up your bedroom and make your bed
  • Pick up all your shoes, bags and clothes and put them in the right places
  • Sweep and mop your floors


In no time your apartment will be clean and ready for visitors whenever. Try to fit this in right before you leave in the morning, before you sit down at night, or right before dinner! You’ll still have to deep clean, but it won’t be as much work when you do!

What do you do every day to make sure your home stays neat? Anything you’re particularly bad at/lazy? For me, it’s having a pile of not quite dirty clothes on the floor, or leaving my coats and bags in our entryway!



PS If you like this, you’ll love these:

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  • honestly i can’t even tell you the last time i made my bed! I throw the comforter over it, but like i never was into the whole making a bed thing lol

  • Miss ALK

    I’ve been trying to do more and more of these things!! I really do feel so much better when my bed is made!

    xoxo A

  • I need to start doing these more often. I feel like my apartment is always a hot mess.

  • It’s always funny to me how much time I could save if I just did these little tasks versus waiting until my home is a disaster! Great tips!

  • Amanda Faber

    I try and do small things during the week and then a deep clean on the weekend. I just wish I could have a cleaning crew!!

  • Makaela Premont

    I totally need to start doing this instead of waiting until the weekend for a massive cleaning day!

    -xo, Makaela

  • I think I’m going to print this list out and hang it up! I’ve been living alone in an apartment all summer and I always wonder how it gets so messy so fast.

    Lauren //

  • Azanique

    I need to hang this in my house! I am so awful at quick cleaning

    – xo, Azanique |

  • Tori Dunlap

    Ugh as a busy working woman, I really needed this post!

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  • Oh how I believe in a made bed! If my bed is made the rest of my house feels clean too!

  • It is all about doing it a little at a time. This post can be really helpful for people who get overwhelmed by cleaning and never think they have the time to do it. At my house, I do a 5 minute pick up every night before bed because I cannot stand waking up to a cluttered house! xx

  • Danielle Randall

    Great list! I am printing these out and putting the list on my bulletin board. If I see the list daily…. it will motivate me to do it!


  • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

    These are great tips! Hopefully my hubby and I will learn this one day!

  • My apartment is a huge mess right now because we haven’t quite moved in all the way but I try to make sure the floor is clean in the bedroom and there aren’t a ton of things all over the counters! It’s amazing how much cleaner the house looks if you do those simple things!

    Kayla |