One joy of living in a small space is cleaning: with a smaller space, there’s simply less to do when it comes to straightening up. But small homes also come with challenges, because there’s usually no spare rooms to hide your mess.
In many small homes, almost everything is on display when guests pop by unexpectedly. There may not be a spare bedroom to hide the unfolded laundry, or a finished basement to store hobby items. Because there can be less storage space, even a little clutter can make things seem like they’re getting out of hand.
Here at TinyLiving, when our small spaces get a little nutty, we like to do the 7 minute overhaul. Set your kitchen timer or your cell phone for 7 minutes and see what an impact you can make on your small home (in less time than it takes to check Facebook). Here are some ideas, each of which can make a big impact in 7 minutes or less:
- Fold laundry that’s lying around and put it away, including shoes and jackets.
- Clear off counter tops and other surfaces.
- Grab a box and load it with junk mail, old newspapers, and other paper clutter that needs to be recycled.
- Take out the trash and load the dishwasher. Or, if your small space doesn’t have a dishwasher, scrub up any dishes in the sink.
- Go through any areas that are seen by guests and collect anything that doesn’t belong there. Return them to their places. It’s key in small homes that everything have a place, or you have a recipe for uncontrollable clutter.
- Do a sweep of the house to make sure closet and cabinet doors are closed to eliminate visual clutter.
- Vacuum your main areas. (Yes, in most small houses this will only take 7 minutes. Eat your heart out, McMansion dwellers.)