Subbing ... I have decided that there are many things I want to use timers for, starting with cleaning issues.
I also want to teach the boys while they are young that you can accomplish a lot in a small amount of time, and that doesn't mean shoving every spare Lego piece under every available piece of furniture possible!
One of my new "rules" is that I don't get a new load of laundry from the dryer until the previous load is folded *and* put away. This is a huge thing for me because laundry is my nemesis. We have 5 in the family plus cloth diapers, and if I go even one or *gasp* two days without washing, it is a huge mountain. Last year, poor dh got dressed more times than not in the living room because I just would get buried. So now, it gets folded and put away before starting the next load of folding. And, I can take a load from the dryer to the living room, switch the washer to the dryer, start a new load in the washer, fold and put away the clean load in about 15 minutes ... if I do it either during the boys' TV time in the afternoon or after they all go to bed, I can get through it quickly, without interruption, and then it's out of my hair! And really, 15 minutes to do all that really is a drop in the bucket. If I can do even just 2 loads to completion each day, that's only 30 minutes of my entire day, *and* we all have clean, folded, and hung clothes for the next day.
I have found that by actually paying attention to how long tasks take is a huge factor in getting things done. For instance, my laundry ... no longer does it seem the insurmountable (sp?) task, yk? It's totally do-able and really pretty fast.
Now my goal is to see tomorrow what else can be done in 10 minute increments (sp?). I do plan on setting the timer for each boys' room and straightening with them for 10 minutes (and actually even though their rooms look like big messes, they each only have one real type of toy in their room so it'll probably take less than 10 minutes a room, so we'll have time for fresh sheets too