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What Is the One Hour Cleaning Method?

A woman holds a bucket of cleaning supplies in one hand and a mop in another.
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Whether it’s the dishes piled high in the sink, the laundry mountain growing on your bedroom floor, or the infinite stack of mail that somehow always needs sorting, cleaning can feel like an endless chore. But there’s a clever way to tackle it.

If you’re finding yourself overwhelmed, exhausted, or infuriated with the continuous cleaning in your life, the One Hour Cleaning Method might help.

Renee Elyse Bell (@mommyhasntshowered on TikTok) shared this cleaning hack on TikTok, and it went viral. The method is all about using time as your friend and preventing overwhelm.


Using the #1hourcleaning will completely change your outlook on cleaning . Say goo bye to the days of overwhelm and hello to a clean home + your sanity 🙌🏽 #cleaninghacks #cleanhomehappyhome #sundayclean

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A lot of us think we need to tackle all of our messes at the same time, but this hack promotes the exact opposite, making cleaning more manageable. You set a timer for one hour, then get as much cleaning, tidying, and organizing done as you can. Once the timer goes off, take a break and reward yourself with something you enjoy doing. If you have more cleaning to do and also have more time to do it, set another hour-long timer and repeat the process.

Secura Home Kitchen Timer

Keep track of your cleaning time

The time boundary in the one-hour method prevents you from feeling lost in your cleaning. Plus, it helps you make more progress with intentional, focused cleaning segments. If you really want to get the most bang for your buck (or hour), make a cleaning plan based on a singular hour’s worth of work then see how much you get done.

If cleaning overwhelm tends to cloud your mind when it comes time to get things done, Bell’s method is a new process to try.

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