How to Effectively Clean Your Dining Room in 15 Minutes

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, the dining room often becomes more than just a space for meals. More often than not, our dining room table is a workspace more than a gathering space, especially in the era of mobile devices, streaming TV, and evening extracurriculars (if you have a family).

Amidst this flurry of activity, keeping your dining tidy can seem like a daunting task. But we here at Summit Maid never give up easily, and want to help you feel more in control of your home, including its clutter. That’s why we’ve put together another guide in our “15-minute” series, this one is all about about how to clean your dining room in 15 minutes… Yes, it’s possible!

By following these simple steps a few times each week, you can conquer the projects, paperwork, and other stuff that takes over your dining room. Tackling your home – or more specifically your dining room – in “bite-size” chunks (pun intended for this specific room) will help make keeping your whole house tidy an easier prospect.

Ready to see the steps it takes to become a master of this domain in your home in just 15 minutes? Grab your cleaning tools and let’s get to it.

Set the Timer 

Before you start, set a timer for 15 minutes. This time constraint will not only keep you focused but also make the entire process feel like a fun challenge. Now you’re ready! Put on your favorite cleaning tunes, and let’s dive into the ultimate guide to clean your dining room in 15 minutes. 

The First Five Minutes: Declutter

The first five minutes are all about decluttering your dining room. Here’s what you should do:

Step 1. Scan the Room

Begin by scanning the room to identify the main clutter culprits. Are there stacks of mail on the table, random items on chairs, or misplaced items that don’t belong in the dining area? Take mental notes of the areas that need immediate attention.

Step 2. Clear Away the Clutter 

Now that you’ve identified the clutter hotspots, tackle them head-on. Grab a basket or a large container and swiftly clear away items that don’t belong in the dining room. Some people call this the “Sunday basket” method, and it can be very helpful for both decluttering and creating a dedicated time to process all the items that end up in the basket each week.

Like I always say, don’t try to return misplaced items to their rightful places – at least not right now. This will only divert your attention from the other tasks.

Step 3. Get Rid of the Garbage

Trash has a magical way of accumulating in dining rooms – especially if you have kids! Quickly grab a trash bag and dispose of any garbage you find. Check for empty containers, wrappers, or old papers that may have found their way onto your dining surfaces.

The Middle Five Minutes: Purge

Let’s move on to the second part of this guide to clean your dining room in 15 minutes. Now that you’ve gotten rid of the obvious clutter, you have to delve further into the decluttering process and make thoughtful decisions about what items will earn a place in your dining room:

Step 4. Dust Surfaces

You’ll get a microfiber cloth or a duster and spend the next few minutes dusting surfaces. Pay special attention to the dining table, chairs, and any display shelves or cabinets. A quick dusting will instantly give your dining room a refreshed look.

The Last Five Minutes: Organize

Time for the final touches: the last five minutes of this guide to clean your dining room in 15 minutes will be focused on organizing the surfaces so nothing is let out of place.

Step 5. Straighten Up Your Dining Room

Now that the clutter is gone and the surfaces are dust-free, focus on organizing the remaining items. Straighten chairs, align place settings, and arrange decorative items neatly. 

Step 6. Sweep the Floor

The final step is to give the floor a swift sweep. Whether you have hardwood, tile, or carpet, a quick pass with a broom will pick up any lingering dust or debris. Don’t forget to pay attention to high-traffic areas and under the table!

Want a little help tidying up the rest of your house after you clean your dining room in 15 minutes? Let our Cleveland house cleaners give you a hand.


  • Jacob W. Bailey

    Jacob is the Cleveland-based founder and CEO of Summit Maids, a local cleaning company with a mission to make a mark on its community by providing good jobs to more than 1,000 people. Bailey Jacob W.

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