I think I have mastered the art of a ten minute tidy.
Now, please know that the ten minute tidy is not a clean up, just a tidy. Putting things back in place. There is no vacuum, there is no dusting, there is no mop. This is strictly picking up the odds and ends that exploded around the house throughout the morning/afternoon/day.
There are only three steps to the process. Our main floor has three main rooms, living, dining and kitchen, and I do all three steps for each room.
1. Collect everything off the floor, couch, table, chairs, where ever there is stuff piled or dropped, pick it up and put it all in one central location. Quickly divide all the stuff up in to like piles and then go put the contents where they belong. This helps the process go faster because you aren't running from one place to the next back to the first and across to the next. One direction per pile.
2. Fluff couch cushions, push in chairs, straighten rugs or tables that have shifted.
3. Wipe down tables or counters.
Presto! A clean living space.
Once you become really good at it, you should be able to do it in under ten. I can do the three main rooms in eight minutes at the end of the day. If I do it a few times a day I get it done in under five because there is less stuff to move around each time.
Try it out! I find it really makes a difference in how the house feels each day when the clutter is dealt with and put away.