What is that saying? How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. I never really understood that, but when I’m cleaning I guess that is how I efficiently get things done, one bite at a time. A clean and organized house does wonders for your mind and attitude. But we’re busy right ladies? So, here is a little trick that I use so I don’t become overwhelmed… I use a timer, a regular old kitchen timer to pace myself and to figure out how long it actually takes to clean a specific room and or area.
For example, my living room for the most part stays decent, so when I need to do some dusting, sweeping and sprucing up, I set my timer for 10 minutes and get to work. When I do this I’m less likely to bunny trail off into another room leaving a bunch of unfinished rooms. The timer also helps me to determine the amount of time it takes to clean a room, so I can plan my week out more efficiently. Kids also love timers and I strongly encourage making a chores a game for them by setting the timer and daring them to beat the clock.
Here are a few suggestions I have for efficient cleaning:
1. Pick out a kitchen timer if you don’t already have one. You can get one at the Dollar Store or get a cute vintage one like the one above from www.thinkgeek.com . Set the timer for each room for the amount of time you think it takes and make a mental note of what rooms need more attention and will take more of your time. Also if you can stick to the allotted time you give yourself.
2. Start cleaning the easiest room first. Quickly finishing a room gives you a boost of confidence and is a motivator to go to the next room.
3.Stay focused on the room you are cleaning. Hopping around will only frustrate you.
4. Take a break in between rooms. When I get tired I get cranky and then I’m done. If I take a break after one or two rooms I’m more likely to have the energy to go on.
5. Make a list at some point during the week of the chores you want to finish, so you can cross them off your list without forgetting.
6. Before you go into a room, make a mental note of everything you need to clean that room.
7.Make the most out of every minute and don’t put off what can be done today.