Cleaning… (deep sigh…)
Do you ever wish for a cleaner house, but wonder how in the world to get it that way?
If only it would stay done. (At least a little longer.) I don’t think I would mind so much.
But it’s a never-ending cycle. And I often feel like I am drowning in things that need to be done.
I think most of us have this issue.
For me, it’s usually all I can do to get a meal on the table and clean up the kitchen afterwards.
After working all day, that feels like quite an accomplishment! And by the time I do a little laundry too, I really feel like Super-Woman! (Here are some tips for taming the beast that is the laundry!)
One thing I have found that gets me motivated to clean is a timer! (Any kind will do. I use the one on my stove.)
It just keeps things interesting. You can set aside even a very short period of time and make progress. You might be surprised at how much of a difference as little as 15 minutes can make.
When I try and “beat the timer”, I am really motivated to see what I can get done in 15 or 20 minutes.
When I know that I only have a short time, I know I can hang in there for that long and get things done.
It also helps me to not get distracted, and it’s a great way to get the kids in on the cleaning too. (Crank up some music and they like it even better! Make a short list for each child and you can divide the work and knock it out!)
For efficient speed cleaning, decide on the things you most want done and jump right in! Here’s an example of what typically needs to be done at our house.
- Pick up shoes out of the living room and kitchen floor and put them away.
- Pick up any dirty clothes and take them to the laundry room.
- Throw away any trash such as gum wrappers or cans.
- Take any dirty dishes to the sink.
- Fold any blankets lying around in the living room.
- Sweep the floor.
If you have a bit more time, or if other family members are pitching in, you can also do things like:
- wiping down counter tops in the bathroom and kitchen
- scrubbing toilets
- putting in a load of laundry or getting some folding done
These are only a few suggestions. The idea is to choose a few tasks that make the biggest impact, but take the least time.
And if you do the speed cleaning thing a couple of times a week, it makes the days when you need to do more in-depth cleaning easier.
After you speed clean, your house may not be as clean as you would ideally like it, but it will definitely be cleaner than it was!
So grab that timer and go at it full speed ahead for a few minutes. Get the whole family in on it if you can.
The results you achieve may amaze you!