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Old 01-24-2008, 06:08 AM
 
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I am a little worried if I start timing these things I will feel worse about all the stuff I still don't get done because I can't seem to limit my time on MDC:But I am certainly inspired to try!
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I'm heading for the living room. 10 minutes and I'll be back.

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It took a little more than ten minutes, but my living room looks so much better. I cleared the stuff off of the end tables and the coffee table, folded the blanket on the couch, straightened up the top of the TV cabinet, cleaned the tables with wood cleaner; then I used glass cleaner to clean the glass on the coffee table, the front door and the living room windows. I vacuumed the living room and the dining room. I was on a roll and I feel slightly better about the house.

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Time to hit the dining room...

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Cleared and wiped down the dining room table. Put away some stuff on the hutch and the bookshelf. Sorted the mail.

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Kitchen time...

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Wow, what an inspiring thread. I have tried more times than I can count to have a cleaning schedule in my house. I go between a rigid schedule or nothing getting done. We have four kids and dh works from noon until he's home at 9:30, so much of the house stuff and all the cooking is something I do. I'm overwhelmed right now with our bedroom. I can't find time to put laundry away because there's so much all over. Now I know better and have been putting it away while the boys get ready for bed, but haven't tackled all still on the floor. I'm going to do ten minute bursts in there until it's done! Also, instead of needing a two hour chunk of time to get the whole house clean, I'm going to do 10-15 minute bursts and do a job, then play with the kids, MDC, back to a short task... Thanks!!
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Well, I emptied the dishwasher, did a load of dishes and wiped down the counter, but the kitchen still needs work.

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Just remember the flylady line: "Housework done improperly still blesses my family."

These 10 minute chunks are better than nothing.

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We just got back from Target where I bought a new timer.

And yeah, Flylady is right. Even ten minutes at a time is ten minutes of cleaning better than it was before!
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I think I am going to look at my whole day tomorrow in 10 min. chunks. My house is really getting away from me!
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10 minute intervals tomorrow.
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Heading to the kitchen in 3, 2, 1 ...

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Well, I did some cleanup and got a load of dishes going in the dishwasher anyway.

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this is a great thread!!! perfect for us procrastinators!!

I find that once I have started I quite often go longer than 10 minutes -- but I still give myself permission to stop in 10.. its great!!

I will also :
  • Do as much as I can while the kettle is boiling
  • While the grilled cheese is cooking or soup on the stove is warming
  • If I am really energetic I will do as much as I can while 1 load of laundry is washing
  • While there is a commercial on tv
whatever works -- and the rewards are a wonderful clean home at the end of the day.
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Okay, it took 20 minutes, but I:

--Brewed a cup of RRL tea
--Finished loading the dishwasher and put it on
--Did a (small) load of dishes
--Wiped down the kitchen benches
--Fed the chickens
--Brought in and put away a load of washing
--Hung out another load (also small)
--Wiped down the bathroom sink

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I love this idea!

I downloaded a timer to my Yahoo Widgets yesterday for this purpose! I'm aiming to do 3 10 minute intervals!

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I am really tired today -- so the only way I will get anything done is knowing I only have to work for 10 minutes at a time.... so far I have had 3 x 10 minute sessions:
  • tidied DS room
  • Cleaned 1 bathroom
  • did 10 min in our bathroom - but its not done -- needs another 10 minute session
oh well - its a start
Hope everyone has a more energetic day than me today

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I had several of these today:

I did about 3 loads of laundry
Cleaned living room, mopped wood floors
Picked up all the toys in bedroom, swept floors
Folded laundry, put away
Rinsed all dishes back off after we used them, put away
Cut my son's hair


It was a productive day. I wish I could do more, but my baby does not nap during the daytime...sleeps all night long but is awake pretty much all day.
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I find working with a timer to be motivating too. Here's what I did tonight:

10 minutes-balanced my checkbook and paid bills online
10 minutes-paid bills that require a check and got them ready to mail
10 minutes-unloaded and loaded dishwasher
20 minutes-made tea, put pots in sink to soak, wiped off counters and stove

So this thread inspired me to do almost an hour of work that I probably would've just spent reading threads on MDC otherwise. Yea!

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This thread and the 10 minutes of work have truly transformed my home. Who doesn't have 10 minutes!! I am amazed in the past month how much I have gotten donel

Mentally its so much easier to say I am going to get up and go do something for 10 minutes rather than I need to go and clean up a whole room !!

Thank you everyone for all your posts - they have really helped me !!

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Wow, that sounds like a great idea. I just saw this thread. I dont have a timer, but I guess my oven timer could work. I'm going to start timing my cleaning and see how much I can get done, what a great motivator! Thanks!

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Going to set my (oven) timer now...

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Threw away stuff from the kitchen counter, straightened up the living room, brought up the diapers from the dryer (to put away) and flipped the laundry from the washer to the dryer.

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This is the first week of my new cleaning plan, and I haven't done much for a couple weeks. So it took me two 10 minute segments, but I got our microwave completely cleaned, inside and out, and I made up some scrub with baking soda and Dr. Bronners and cleaned the sink thoroughly. I'm guessing it will be done in only one setting of the timer next week.
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Ready, set, go!

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Still going

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I quit.

I managed to empty the dishwasher, do a load of dishes, wipe down the kitchen counter, put away a load of laundry, start the dryer, take out a bag of trash from the basement, make the bed, take the dirty laundry out of the bedroom, wipe down the bathroom sink, throw away things that were trash on the desk and hutch, and change three diapers.

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I always dread changing the cat box and drag my feet on doing it all day. Then one time I timed it, and realized it took four minutes from start to finish. FOUR MINUTES! I always think it's this colossal chore... knowing it only takes four minutes made a huge cognitive adjustment for me. Now I can just run down and do it during a commercial or something.
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