For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been trying a new technique to stay on top of keeping my house clean. At the end of a busy day, with toys strewn everywhere, a basket full of drooled-on clothes and a kitchen covered in a half-eaten dinner, I can feel totally defeated and overwhelmed by how much there is to do. But I read a suggestion somewhere that is actually working for me, and it might work for you too.
Once my little guy has gone down for the night, I set a 20 minute timer. Twenty minutes hardly seems like a big investment of time, right? I designate those 20 minutes as my cleaning minutes. Once they’re up: no more cleaning. It is amazing what my husband and I can actually get done in 20 minutes—I had no idea. We can usually tackle the toys, the kitchen and the laundry and have time to spare to choose something to deep clean (the tub, or the sinks or the floors, for example). And, I’m not sure what kind of psychological magic is happening here, but I also don’t grumble about the cleaning while I’m doing it, because I know THESE are my cleaning minutes, and when they’re up, I’m done. It’s finite. And it’s beautiful.
Once those 20 minutes are over, we pack up the cleaning supplies and enjoy the rest of our evening, guilt-free.
What are your best tips for staying on top of cleaning?
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