You can do a lot in 2 minutes...
I've been instituting a "two minute plus carry" routine and I think it helps a lot.
The second I walk into a room, I take 2 minutes to do anything that needs doing (load the dishwasher, wipe off a counter, whatever for 2 minutes). During that 2 minutes, if I see anything that goes in another room, I group or stack the items that need to go. Then I do whatever I came into the room to do in the first place (fix a snack?
). If you have more than 2 minutes, fine. But it's ok to leave things undone. You'll be back.
When I leave the room, I grab an item or two from the "doesn't belong here" group and put them back. (That's the "plus carry" part of the routine).
Start over when you walk into the next room (the 2 minute neatening).
If I pass thru a room, I don't have to do anything.
But if I actually GO in a room, I do the 2 minute thing. Or I shorten it to one minute, if I have kids hanging on me.
Try to keep the attitude of seeing how much you can do in the 2 minutes. It's sort of a game.
You would be amazed at how these little "2 minutes plus carry" sessions can improve your house. Also, you really notice how often you move from room to room during the day. A lot! If you go into to a room, and there's nothing to do, good for you.
I know this is a BIT different from the original thread, but since it involves "2 minutes" I thought I would post it.