Really? 19 Minutes?

I read this online article.  Color me wary.


Clean Your House In 19 Minutes

By Real Simple  With a plan of attack, you can maintain a sparkling house in just 19 minutes a day

Kitchen, 4 1/2 minutes daily
Always start with the sink. A sparkling sink becomes your kitchen’s benchmark for hygiene and tidiness, inspiring you to load the dishwasher immediately and keep counters, refrigerator doors, and the stove top spick-and-span, too.

  • Wipe down the sink after doing the dishes or loading the dishwasher (30 seconds).
  • Wipe down the stove top (one minute).
  • Wipe down the counters (one minute).
  • Sweep, Swiffer, or vacuum the floor (two minutes).

Bathroom, 2 minutes daily
Make cleaning the basin as routine as washing your hands. But don’t stop there. Get the most out of your pre-moistened wipe by using it to clean around the edges of the tub and then the toilet before tossing it.

  • Wipe out the sink (30 seconds). Wipe the toilet seat and rim (15 seconds).
  • Swoosh the toilet bowl with a brush (15 seconds).
  • Wipe the mirror and faucet (15 seconds).
  • Squeegee the shower door (30 seconds).
  • Spray the entire shower and the curtain liner with shower mist after every use (15 seconds).

Bedroom, 6 1/2 minutes daily
Make your bed right before or after your morning shower. A neat bed will inspire you to deal with other messes immediately. Although smoothing sheets and plumping pillows might not seem like a high priority as you’re rushing to work, the payoff comes at the end of the day, when you slip back under the unruffled covers.

  • Make the bed (two minutes).
  • Fold or hang clothing and put away jewelry (four minutes).
  • Straighten out the night-table surface (30 seconds).

Family Room, Living Room, Foyer, 6 minutes daily
Start with the sofa — as long as it’s in disarray, your living room will never look tidy. Once you’ve fluffed the pillows and folded the throws, you’re halfway home. If you pop in a CD while you dust, you should be able cover the whole room by the end of the third track.

  • Pick up crumbs and dust bunnies with a handheld vacuum (one minute).
  • Fluff the cushions and fold throws after use (two minutes).
  • Wipe tabletops and spot-clean cabinets when you see fingerprints (one minute).
  • Straighten coffee-table books and magazines. Throw out newspapers. Put away CDs and videos. (Two minutes.)

So, hmmmm…Here is what I’m thinking:

I notice they say this is the way to MAINTAIN a “sparkling house.”  This does seem to imply it should be sparkling to begin with.  Mine has somewhat of a sheen, but I don’t know that I could say it is actually sparkling.  Troubling.

Kitchens: Ok, so-my theory on the clean sink is that “A freshly scoured and polished sink will go looking for dirty dishes.”  And while I love seeing my reflection in the sink, I can’t say it actually “inspires” me to load the dishwasher – especially when I often have to unload it first.  Has the verb “swiffering” or “to swiffer” made the dictionery yet?

Bathrooms: If I spend 15 seconds “wiping” the mirror, I will then need 10 minutes to get the streaks off that I just caused.  I have one of those Scrubbing Bubble misters in the shower that are supposedly the equivalent of 30 maids filling your shower stall.  It is handy, but I’d fire those maids if they didn’t a better job than it does! 

Bedroom:  Boy-oh-boy, I can save some major minutes here.  Not enough jewelry to take that long AND I can cut off some time with the bed-making.  Two minutes to make a bed?  Novices!  I’ll make that bed in 41.2 seconds!

Common Family Spaces:  Well, these areas would not be a problem if it weren’t for the fact that I have such a big, honking family!  I don’t have any CDs with 2 minute songs (6 minutes total, by the “end of three songs”???=2 minute songs…I don’t think so).  Plus, I no longer put DVDs away.  Dave and Stormie and the Netflix people know why.

Well, so anyway, I think I’ll spend the next 6 and a half weeks creating some sparkle so I can maintain it in only 19 minutes a day…but wait-what if I take a Sabbath?  The whole plan is already shot.

Maintaining, just barely…Jeanie

NOTE TO SELF: Read their follow-up article “How to speed-clean your kitchen” because 4 1/2 minutes is just too much of a time investment.

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6 thoughts on “Really? 19 Minutes?

  1. It sounds fantastic, it really does. But clearly these “19-minute” people do not have children (certainly not four of them), or a husband, or a dog, or a cat, or people who actually LIVE that sparkling house. Sigh. And clearly they don’t have teenagers, either–those onward-toward-adult types who do everything sorta-kinda, halfway.

    I love the idea, but I just can’t set myself up for failure. I guess I’ll just have to deal with the unsparkly sink, the cat hair on the couch, the dog food all over the kitchen floor (because Heaven knows we couldn’t actually eat the dog food OVER the bowl–oh NO, we have to take it out first and leave crumbs everywhere), the common area clutter… until I win the lottery and someone can do it for me.

    I do, however, wish you the best on your endeavor over the next six weeks. Let me know if you get that Sabbath problem worked out. :)

  2. LOL!!! I was thinking along the same lines as you Jeanie. I would have to START with a clean house first! I don’t want to even think about the days/weeks that it would take to get my house “sparkling”. Our dishwasher is used 75% of the time as “the place to find the clean dishes”!

    My conclusion…they live by themselves. She definitely doesn’t have four kids taking out 4 toys to the one that was just put away!

    This was really an enjoyable read. The pressure I was feeling from the article was relieved by the laughter of your thoughts!

  3. Whoever wrote that article obviously doesn’t have kids. My day starts off with thinking, “where should I start?” and after 5 minutes having to give up to take care of Alyssa!

  4. Whats the problem ladies? I can have my house clean in 15 minutes. What seems to be the problem? hehehe. If only…..


    Where is the author of this article?? I have flame on a stick and a pitchfork–I say we hunt her/him down and end this nonsense once and for all!


    I refuse to believe one can maintain sparkle, sheen and shine with only 19 minutes!

    I am so put out by this I think I will try it to prove them wrong!

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