Things around here have been busy lately…well…that may be a fantastic understatement…but for today I will leave it at busy. Very busy. And while I feel like I am in over my head and drowning I can guarantee I am not the only one struggling…
I have been frustrated because in my dream world aside from being independently wealthy and stunningly beautiful I would also have a maid. Or at least have a schedule that would be conducive to a consistent weekly cleaning and errand running schedule. But the wealth, beauty, maid, and schedule aren’t coming and meanwhile the deadlines and the dirty laundry keep coming. So I’ve had to come up with a plan.
And easy and effective plan.
I’d like to say I invented the plan but I can’t take the credit. The credit goes to Daryl V. Hoole (my 1960’s homemaking idol). She says (among other things) give yourself 20 minutes to complete a task. Whether it be cleaning out the fridge or organizing a closet. Give yourself 20 minutes and only 20 minutes.
20 minutes is long enough to really get into a job and make progress but by setting a time limit you know that you will need to work quickly, effectively, and not get side tracked.
Great idea, right? Well, because I have had so many things going on I’ve taken this 20 minute idea and taken it one step farther. I give myself 20 minutes in the morning to “straighten the house”. I time myself and bustle around the house sorting laundry, cleaning up breakfast, vacuuming the rug, etc.
And then again right before my kids come home from school I give myself 20 more minutes for general house cleaning.
Since I began doing that there has been such a difference in my house! Really. I can not believe the amount of work you can accomplish in 20 minutes when that is all you focus on.
Right now I don’t have time to dwell on household chores the way I would like. But my 20 minutes a day keeps the house clean, the bathrooms clean, the floors clean, etc. It’s amazing, really it is. Who knew 20 minutes could make such a difference?
So from now until my life slows down I am sticking to the twenty minute plan and being happy that I read all about it in my thrift store homemaking book!