Five Minute Cleaning Summer Task List + Giveaway

Five Minute Cleaning Summer Task List + Giveaway

This post and giveaway is sponsored by FilterEasy

Greetings! Happy first day of summer. We often think about the need for some extra “spring cleaning,” but who wants to do extra cleaning in the summertime? Anyone? Not me. But I do like to keep my house clean if I can, so five minute cleaning is a game changer in the summer!

In the summer our house tends to get dustier. Plus when the sun shines through the windows you can see all the dust and grime more clearly, am I right?

Five minutes might not seem like enough time to clean an entire house, but I’m always amazed by how much fresher everything feels overall if I do a quick five minute dusting on a regular basis. 

If I see a spot that can be dusted or wiped off in five minutes or less, I just do it. On the spot. I also post a list of five minute cleaning task ideas so other members of the family can help, too. Even little ones can help with some of the easier dusting tasks. They may not do it perfectly (hey, I don’t do it perfectly either), but it’s a good opportunity to teach kids about housework (and have some affordable help, too).

Today I’ll share a list of five often overlooked but dusty spots in our house that we clean up in five minutes or less. Add to it or make your own dust-busting list. Divide up some tasks among family members, so you can enjoy a cleaner house AND time off this summer! (Also, be sure to enter the FilterEasy giveaway at the bottom of this post!)

Five Minute Cleaning Summer Task List + Giveaway

Five 5 Minute Dust Busting Summer Tasks

1. Lamps and lampshades

Lampshades and lamps collect dust and cobwebs. We might remember to dust off the console or end table since it’s so visible, but if we happen to look more closely at the lamps and shades, ACK! Dusty. If your lampshades aren’t easy to dust with a cloth, you might want to vacuum them with a brush attachment. Sometimes I’ll even take a fabric lint roller and run it over the shade to pick up any stubborn lint.

Five Minute Cleaning Summer Task List + Giveaway

2. Table legs and chair legs

The legs or lower frames of chairs and tables often have a coating of dust. Even though it’s such an easy task, I often forget to dust there so it helps me to remember if I combine this task with vacuuming. Furniture dusting is a great task to give the kids right after you vacuum. Dust is smelly and not good for us, so a good vacuuming of the carpet or area rug followed by a quick dusting of the furniture (tops and bottoms!) every week will keep your house feeling fresh.

Five Minute Cleaning Summer Task List + Giveaway

3. Cabinet doors

I am a stickler for a clean kitchen. I really don’t like a sticky kitchen :). But if you cook in your kitchen like we do, for a clean kitchen you’ll need to do more than just wash the dishes. Cabinets will become a grimy mess pretty fast.

If you have flat cabinet doors, wiping them off isn’t terribly challenging (so keep cabinet door style in mind if you are adverse to cleaning, ha!). But if I have five minutes I can keep my shaker style doors (with extra trim detail) quite clean. To me, it’s time well spent for the beauty of a shaker door.

To clean cabinet trim, I just grab a dry or sometimes slightly damp rag every now and then and run it around the molding of each cabinet door and the face of the cabinet. I haven’t needed to resort to this yet with my new cabinets, but cotton swabs can help get the corners of the molding cleaner if there is any build up.

Now, don’t tell me trying to keep it clean is why you don’t want a white kitchen. :) My dark cabinets needed those five minute cleanings, too. Cabinets that hide grime can only fool us for so long. I find it’s still best to clean darker cabinet doors just as often as I would the white ones to avoid a build up of hard to clean grime. The more we procrastinate cleaning, the worse it gets.

Five Minute Cleaning Summer Task List + Giveaway

4. Baseboards

You guys, with two fluffy (but non-shedding, thankfully) dogs plus boys and doors and windows that are often open in the summer, our floors and baseboards need those five minute dustings quite often. The other day when Courtney was moving we pulled that hall cabinet out from the wall and BLECH! Behind the cabinet the moldings were quite a fright. But with less than five minutes, they were clean as a whistle.

Give your kids a summer job keeping up with the baseboard dusting, kids are lower to the ground or at least more agile. :) My kids used to love that job for some reason!

Tip: We also use a Roomba to take care of a lot of the dust in our house and on the floors with minimal effort on our part.

Five Minute Cleaning Summer Task List + Giveaway

5. Air Filters

I do much less cleaning if I can cut down on dust in the first place. One way I figured out how dust less is by replacing the filters in our HVAC system (heating, ventilation and air condition system, including the air return vents) regularly. I’ve shared before that to make this process easier and more affordable, we order from a subscription air filter service called FilterEasy.

Five Minute Cleaning Summer Task List + Giveaway

Honestly, before I knew about FilterEasy, I hardly ever would remember to change our filters. Ugh. That photo above was what I found when I opened one of our air return vents years ago. Gah! So embarrassing. I’m sure FilterEasy created this service for people like me :).

You can see how much dust collected in that filter. Dust can cause expensive problems for your HVAC systems, not to mention increasing the allergen and dust levels in your home.

Even on the rare occasions when I would head out to get replacement filters, I wouldn’t remember what size of filters I needed. Trying to guess the right filters wasn’t my favorite way to spend a day.

FilterEasy offers a super convenient ordering process that you only have to set up one time. The subscription service costs less than purchasing filters at the home improvement stores and you can order from home.

You simply add in how many filters you need, the sizes (they even offer custom sizes), what level of allergen protection you need and how often you want to change the filters. It’s recommended that you change filters every three months, but if you have pets or allergies you might want to change them more often. Air filters are then sent directly to your door from FilterEasy on a regular schedule.

It takes about a minute to change a filter once your shipment arrives, so it’s all really easy and convenient. FilterEasy saves energy, money and hassle (and you’ll enjoy a cleaner home, too). I definitely recommend trying out their service (it’s risk free, you can change your order or cancel any time).


As the sponsor of this post, FilterEasy is offering The Inspired Room readers a FREE trial of their service, plus an entry into a $150 Amazon Gift Card GIVEAWAY. Find the free trial and giveaway entry details here.

What are some other five minute dust-busting tasks that you would add to my list?

What summer jobs do you give your kids?

Let’s share ideas in the comments. 

Happy First Day of Summer!

A Guest Room Makeover {Before}

A Guest Room Makeover {Before}

Sponsored by Stearns & Foster

Guest Room Makeover

Today I am excited to introduce a fun summer makeover project for my guest room. While I love decorating, to me there’s more to a room makeover than just adding pretty things. It’s about paying attention to how my home feels to be in it. That means planning for comfort. It’s about considering all the little details that go into making a room more inviting.

My goal is not only to create a room I love to look at, but one I love to BE in. If you aren’t comfortable in the space, you won’t want to spend time in it! This is especially true in a bedroom, isn’t it? Since you literally spend 1/3 of our life in a bedroom, you don’t want to skimp on comfort when designing your dream space.

Quality Counts

You might remember me mentioning a couple of times as I’ve talked about our master bedroom plans that my husband and I were in need of a new mattress.

We had an amazing Stearns & Foster mattress we loved for 15 + years. We hauled that mattress through two states, four houses and the five bedrooms we had in that period of time (including our old bedroom, pictured above, and our current bedroom). I know you probably aren’t even supposed to keep a mattress that long (and no one should move that many times, am I right?), but clearly we loved our mattress.

A Guest Room Makeover {Before}

Serendipitously Stearns & Foster (!) recently contacted me about working on a mini guest bedroom makeover and trying out one of their new mattresses in our home (um, yes and yes!). While we actually aren’t quite ready to move a new mattress into our master bedroom (I’ll explain the whole saga in an upcoming post!), I was ready to make a few changes in our guest room. It all worked out splendidly to start there.

I prefer to acquire quality pieces I love for my home because I tend to keep them for a long time. Because a Stearns & Foster mattress is hand-crafted with the highest quality materials, it will be in your home for a long time. It will make any bedroom, even a small one, the most luxuriously comfortable and inviting room in the house for years to come.

A Guest Room Makeover {Before}

Summer Guest Cottage by the Sea

Remember what our teeny guest room looked like when we moved in two years ago? See the before photo above. It might not have been much to start with, but a blank slate is always an opportunity to make an improvement.

As a starting point last year, we gave the room a fresh coat of paint and added a bed for guests. Seasonal changes are my favorite, so I couldn’t wait to make a few summer updates to this tiny room.

We had recently moved the guest room curtain panels to our dining room, leaving us with an empty rod to fill (and an opportunity for a new look). Also, I always try to eventually change out any builder’s basic light fixtures in a home to add character. I was eager to finally say goodbye to the boring fixture and give this room some more spunk!

My vision for this makeover is to create the feeling of being in a summer guest cottage by the sea, a place you’d escape for a weekend getaway (and never want to leave!). If you are new here, our home in Seattle has a view of the Puget Sound. A subtle coastal ambience inside ties with the natural habitat outside (even though we are also in the city!). It also really reflects the mood I want for this space.

A Guest Room Makeover {Before}

Wood Bead Chandelier // Mudcloth Throw Blanket // Striped Curtains with PomPoms

We put together an inspiration board with the design elements we envisioned for this space (above). I have to say, I’m in totally love with how this room turned out! I can’t wait for you to see all of the “after” photos. It is still a small room, but now it has the style, comfort, and personality of a cottage getaway by the sea.

Hold on to your hats, kids! You will get to see the newly refreshed summer guest room on the blog next week.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Stearns & Foster. The opinions and text are all mine.

A Guest Room Makeover {Before}