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It may take a little while to sort it out later, but it takes only a couple of minutes to gather up clutter and confine it to a laundry basket.

Home and garden checklist: No time to clean?

Published: Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 6CALIFORNIA LIFE


No time to clean? Life can be very hectic (especially with kids), but you can do a lot in a little time, according to the experts from the Maids Home Services.

In 30 seconds, you can:

• Prevent soap scum buildup in your shower with a few quick squirts of daily shower spray.

• Swipe the bathroom counter with a disinfectant wipe.

• Shake out entryway rugs to rid them of excess dirt and minimize tracking it throughout your home.

In two minutes, you can:

• Gather stray clutter into a laundry basket.

• Sweep high-traffic areas, such as the entryway or bathroom floor.

• Spritz the bathroom mirror with glass cleaner and wipe dry with a microfiber cloth.

• Make your bed.

Got a whole five minutes? You can:

• Start a load of laundry.

• Wash the bathroom floor.

• Wipe down kitchen countertops.

• Sort through mail and recycle the junk.

All those extra minutes really add up to a clean house. For more tips, click on


Pick up after your fruit trees. Clean up debris and dropped fruit; this cuts down on insects and prevents the spread of brown rot.

After cleanup, feed fruit trees, including citrus trees, with slow-release fertilizer for better production next year.

Continue mulching to conserve soil moisture and cut down on weeds.

To prolong bloom into fall, feed begonias, fuchsias, annuals and container plants. Always water before fertilizing.

Fertilize fall-blooming perennials, too. Chrysanthemums can be fed until the buds start to open.

Indoors, start seedlings for fall vegetable planting including cabbage, broccoli, kale and lettuce.

Sow seeds of perennials in pots for fall planting including yarrow, coneflower and salvia.

In the garden, direct seed beets, carrots, leaf lettuce and turnips. Plant potatoes.

– Debbie Arrington

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