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Cleaning Tasks to Tackle When You Only Have 10 Minutes

Think fast: Your house is a total disaster, and you just found out company is stopping by. What do you do? It can be difficult to stay on top of endless cleaning chores, especially if you work long hours or have pets, kids, or really anyone living in your house. But there is a way to put your house back in order in less time than it takes to cook a box of macaroni and cheese.

The key is to focus on the tasks that have the biggest impact, and let the little things go. Another important thing to remember? You’re probably being a lot harder on yourself than an outsider would be. Your real friends and family will only be interested in spending time with you and won’t care if your mirrors have some fingerprints on them.

1. Make the bed

bed made with white linens

bed made with white linens A made bed gives the room a crisp, clean look. | iStock.com/JZhuk

There’s something about a crisply made bed that makes the whole room look more tidy. And, conversely, something about messy bed sheets makes everything look messier. It’s been scientifically proven that people who make their beds might even be happier and more productive than those who don’t.

One pro tip for bed-making: Skip the top sheet, and just use a duvet and fitted sheet instead. You’ll have less laundry to do, and it’s way easier to pull the duvet smooth every morning than it is to fiddle with straightening the sheets. This trick is also fantastic for kids rooms, so they can make their beds themselves.

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