Daily Cleaning 101 – Step 6 “10 Minute Pick ups”

February 23, 2013

Welcome back to A Bowl Full of Lemons week of “Daily Cleaning 101”.  Today I am sharing my 6th step to “keeping a clean home”, 10 minute pick ups. During the day, things get left out, moved, and cluttered easily.  In order to keep the house straightened, you must go through each room and declutter.  A 10 minute pick up at least twice per day will alleviate pile ups that tend to happen.

A Bowl Full of Lemons Daily Cleaning 101 Series


If you missed the previous steps, here they are…


Step 1 – Kitchen

Step 2 – Floors

Step 3 – Bedrooms

Step 4 – Bathrooms

Step 5 – Laundry

Step 6 – 10 Minute Pick ups

Step 7 – Schedule



Step 6 – “10 Minute Pick Up”


  • Begin AND end your day with a 10 minute pick up.  Go through each room and put things back where they go.  Take only a minute or 2 in each room.  Use a laundry basket or a basket with a handle to collect things.
  • Teach your kids to do the same, every evening before bed.  Set the timer for them so it’s more fun.



I use the Reisenthel Carry Bag to do my 10 minute pick ups.  Its sturdy yet collapsable when not in use.



Free Printable

Click on the picture below to print the Daily Cleaning 101 checklist out. It will remind you of what needs done and how little time it takes. Please do not redistribute. Personal use only.

Daily cleaning checklist


My favorite cleaning products

  1. Cleaning Plain & Simple by Donna Smallin (My “go to” book for cleaning tips, how to’s & recipes)
  2. Get Clean Starter Kit (Contains everything in my cleaning kit minus Scour Off)
  3. Scour Off (To clean my sink weekly)
  4. Real Simple microfiber cloths
  5. Oreck Magnesium Vacuum (Giveaway at the end of the Series)
  6. Fresh Laundry Concentrate
  7. Basic H (Floor cleaner)
  8. Reisenthel Carry bag





Taking 10 minutes twice a day to pick up the mess will keep your house in order.  Its so easy.  Don’t forget to teach your kids to do the same!

16 comments on “Daily Cleaning 101 – Step 6 “10 Minute Pick ups”

  1. LC says:

    I absolutely love your blog and have been following it for a while. As a young 20 something just starting out and living with roommates keeping the house clean and organized is extremely hard. This series is helping break down the basic tasks so even if some days I am the only one in the house that is cleaning up it is not so overwhelming. I am hoping that by following this plan I can lead by example and soon not be the only one who it bothers if dishes are left piled in the sink overnight. 🙂 I am excited to learn more about the Oreck giveaway, it seems no matter how many times I vacuum the floor with my $30 Walmart vacuum it never gets clean. I have been trying to save up for a good one but on entry level pay it is taking a while lol. Thank you for doing what you do!

  2. Linda Stoll says:

    I LOVE what you can get done in 10 minutes. It’s so amazing. And your sweet brown basket on the staircase is a wonderful motivator!

    And, if by some chance you have 15 minutes, here’s another bit of motivation

    Even on this dreary, rainy day, this I can do!

  3. Dolly says:

    You will love being 60, life takes on less intensity. You can always do the chore tomorrow or whenever.

  4. Jennifer says:

    Hey I nominated you for an Inspiring Blogger Award. Come check it out!!


    xoxo Jennifer

  5. Susan says:

    Someone’s earlier post about setting a timer to not get too involved sounds like a good idea. There is one room of my house where 1-2 minutes will really frustrate me, but I bet a little each day will eventually tackle it!

  6. awesome tips!!! i surely wanna apply it in our life…thanks for sharing

  7. Anamika jain says:

    Hi! there your ideas are really good one to apply. I Just searching for a blog on how to organize and manage home and your blog really help me a lot.

  8. Annie says:

    I love your 10 minute pick up tips. Working from home it is easy to let the chores mount up. This is a brilliant website.

  9. Leah says:

    I really like the idea of setting the timer for a 2 minute pick up for the kids each evening. That will make it nice because they will know there is a time limit and will make a game of it to see how much can get done in 2 minutes. Great idea!

  10. Amanda says:

    You really hit the nail on the head here; house cleaning and preparing for it needs to be a frequent process; if not you will find yourself overwhelmed and not knowing where to begin!. Removing clutter and picking up around the house at the end of each day will really help the process, and once you do it for awhile it becomes habit and part of your daily routine.

  11. Mary Coasst says:

    Hello I just started following your blog a few months back “quietly” but I had to post after I printed your Daily Cleaning 101 Chart. With a large family I really like your 10 minute pick up especially in the evening. I have started three days ago and I really like the outcome, I involve everyone at home. I also posted a little reminder note above the sink that states ” if its dirty wash it” the dishwasher has been ran and I have went to bed but with teenage children I was ALWAYS waking up to a sink full of dishes, which is not a happy way for Mom to start her day. LOL Hoping to start using a lot of your great ideas! Thank-You

  12. Errin says:

    Once you pick everything up and put it in the basket do you put it away? I know that sounds silly but I’ve heard some tips to just get it off the floor then do it later… or do you save baskets to put away later?

    • Rachel says:

      When I do a basket pick up, it all depends on what’s next on the schedule. Sometimes it’s an immediate turn-around while other times, the basket may wait until the end of the day or even the next day. I try to make sure it never goes longer than that though.

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