The ‘one minute’ principle

Between work, family life, friends and hobbies, finding time to clean can slip your mind and fall down the priority schedule. But, like it or not, cleaning need to be done, no one wants a dirty house after all, so how you can fit it into a busy life?

Enter ‘the one minute rule’ which works under the principle that if a task takes less than a minute to complete then it should be done straightaway rather than procrastinating until later.

While we are all tempted to ‘do it later’, procrastinating can actually make cleaning harder! That stain on the hob requires extra scrubbing, breakfast dishes turn into lunch and dinner dishes as well and laundry piles become full-blown towers!

But often what can seem like overwhelming tasks that will take up hours of your day, could have been completed much more easily and quickly if they’d been done straightaway.

While many people might think there is not much that can be achieved in just one minute, there are actually plenty of tasks that won’t take long but will make an immediate difference to your environment.

  • Hanging up coats
  • Putting away shoes
  • Wiping down sinks with your SPh2ONGE or Cloth by SPh2ONGE
  • Making the bed
  • Rinsing dishes
  • Picking up dirty clothes and putting in laundry basket
  • Watering plants
  • Fluffing pillows and cushions
  • Cleaning out your handbag
  • Taking the bins outside
  • Tidying the porch
  • Changing towels in the bathroom

Comment below if you’ve followed the rule and whether it worked for you!


  • This is such great advice for my teenage daughter and husband. Thanks for sharing.

  • I tend to do things during adverts when watching TV. Quickly clean or tidy during adverts

    Clean Home
  • This is a fab idea and one that I will be doing today 😊

  • The 1 minute rule is something I love to do! Having a busy home life it’s easy to overlook things that are easily and quickly done. I also never walk up OR down the stairs empty handed. There is always something to be put away so why waste the trip! Another fab blog post💖

  • Love this! Will try and implement the rule to my life!


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