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Here's the plan. We're going to get our houses clean and organized in 10 minute chunks.<br><br>
So far this morning I've spent 10 minutes each on cleaning and decluttering the living room, the dining room and the kitchen. Next on my list is putting away a load of laundry and doing a load of dishes.<br><br>
You too can conquer your house in bite sized chunks! Tell us all about it. Inspire others with your 10 minute cleaning stories.
 

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I usually spend about 10 minutes cleaning the bathroom (and then occasionally do a better scrub every month or so). I sprinkle Comet in the toilet, tub, and sink, and let it sit while I clear off the countertop and get the shampoo and stuff out of the shower. Then I quickly scrub out the tub, toilet, and sink. Then I rinse out the tub and sink, and wipe the toilet and countertop off. Finally, I spray the mirror and wipe it off. There's no real need to do the floor because I vaccuum the tile while I'm vaccuuming the rest of the house.
 

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In 2 10 min chunks today I started diaper laundry and partially unloaded the dishwasher. Now to start folding the clothes I washed yesterday...
 

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oh i'm in. i often suffer from too-much-to-do-so-i-will-do-nothing itis. do you all actually set the time for 10 mins? i did that just now and was amazed at how much i could actually get done. i picked up dds toys in the family room, started a load of laundry, loaded the dishwasher and wiped off the counters. now, we do have a very small house, but wow.<br><br>
off to set the timer again. this time i'm folding laundery. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">oh i'm in. i often suffer from too-much-to-do-so-i-will-do-nothing itis. do you all actually set the time for 10 mins? i did that just now and was amazed at how much i could actually get done. i picked up dds toys in the family room, started a load of laundry, loaded the dishwasher and wiped off the counters. now, we do have a very small house, but wow.<br><br>
off to set the timer again. this time i'm folding laundery. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"></div>
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I suffer from the same disorder. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I think my DH is sometimes baffled that a perfectionist can tolerate such disorder. I get so easily overwhelmed and bog myself down with every little detail. When I do get started I burn out quickly. Often I'll do well for a while, then in just one hectic day things get out of hand and I'm overwhelmed and procrastinating again.<br><br>
So off to do my 10 min of laundry as well!
 

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I do something like this so the house does not get so overwhelming--especially the kitchen. I will set the timer for 15-30 minutes and see how much I can get done. It really works for me.<br><br>
In ten minutes I can start and put away more laundry and pick up toys or<br>
get the dishes unloaded, loaded and wash the pots and pans.<br><br>
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I do actually set the timer.<br><br>
The baby's asleep on my lap now but when he wakes up I'm going to do a round and report back.
 

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Whew!<br><br>
Stripped the guest bed and our bed, made DS's bed, and started a load of laundry.<br><br>
Now I'm off to remake our bed and finish straightening up our bedroom.
 

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Made the bed, put away the assorted laundry that collects around our bedroom, cleaned the bathroom, cleaned the litter box<br><br>
Next up is vacuuming by the front door and sweeping and mopping the kitchen.
 

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Last two sessions:<br><br>
1- emptied, reloaded and ran the dishwasher. Wiped down the kitchen counter.<br><br>
2- Put away a load of laundry, hung blanket from washer, put dirty dipes in washer
 

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I'm in, this is how I get stuff done around here!<br><br>
In the next 10 min. I'm going to wipe the upper kitchen cabinets, clean the living room slider (kids had fun with window crayons LOL) and get the laundry from the dryer.
 

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All right! I put the clean diapers away, straightened up the top of the changing table and started another load of laundry.
 

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10 more minutes! I cleaned up the office floor, cleared off my desk and cleaned the cat box (ew).<br><br>
I'm done for today!
 

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I'm in, but I'll have to wait until tomorrow to fill you in on any progress I make... I'm at work and don't have internet at home!<br><br>
I have a LOT of ten-minute intervals before our house is where I want it to be for the arrival of the baby!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I suffer from the same disorder. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I think my DH is sometimes baffled that a perfectionist can tolerate such disorder. I get so easily overwhelmed and bog myself down with every little detail.</div>
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Me too! I read somewhere that perfectionists actually have more problems with cleaning/organizing than non-perfectionists. I can't remember what book it was in, but the author gave an example of a thread on the carpet. A perfectionist (like myself!) will think "oh man, the carpet is dirty, I need to get out the vacuum and vacuum the whole house," whereas a non perfectionist will just pick up the thread and be done with it. Of course if you don't have time to vacuum the whole house that thread will sit there for a week. Extrapolate that over your whole house and you can see how you can get overwhelmed and do nothing: if you can't do a big job and do it perfectly, why bother? I could so totally relate to that example because that is exactly how I think.<br><br>
BTW- the ten minute thing works great for me and I have cleaned my whole house (reasonably clean, not perfect) by spending 10 minutes in each room. I haven't done it for a while, so I think I will do it tomorrow!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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ARGH!! That's my DH. He complains incessantly because things aren't perfectly clean around here, but if he decides to do it himself, nothing ever gets done. Once he said he was going to clean the bathroom if I didn't mind watching the baby for a few minutes. TWO HOURS LATER, I discovered him on the floor, scrubbing invisible particles out of the shower grout, and the toilet and sink were still dirty! I almost killed him.<br><br><br>
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I can't remember what book it was in, but the author gave an example of a thread on the carpet. A perfectionist (like myself!) will think "oh man, the carpet is dirty, I need to get out the vacuum and vacuum the whole house, whereas a non perfectionist will just pick up the thread and be done with it. Of course if you don't have time to vacuum the whole house that thread will sit there for a week.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Extrapolate that over your whole house and you can see how you can get overwhelmed and do nothing: if you can't do a big job and do it perfectly, why bother?</div>
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Holy cow, that is just me in a nutshell. Thought I was just a freak. Apparently I'm a perfectionist, not that you'd know it by looking at my house! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Last night, I got two drawers in what will be the baby's room cleaned out, and their contents stowed away in the hall closet in a nicely marked "Arts and Crafts Supplies" box. I've decided that ten minutes every night on the baby's room (not that he'll be sleeping there at first, but it's going to be "his") will make what seems to be a monumental task very do-able. Tonight's mini-task? All the Rubbermaid (and Sterilite, but doesn't everyone just call them Rubbermaid?) tubs will be emptied and neatly stacked inside each other and put in our new designated "empty tub area." This might take more than ten minutes (decluttering the contents of aforementioned tubs; they have a few odds and ends in each one that never got unpacked), but is a nice, manageable task at which I will be sure to succeed.<br><br>
It's funny. I'm a teacher, and so much of my work involves breaking difficult or lengthy tasks down into chunks that students can master and have success at... yet I really seem to have to work to do it for myself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Last night, I got one tub emptied, but then decided to work on stuff on top of the dresser and the end table instead. Either way, that was two ten-minute intervals. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Tonight, the plan is to organize the important paperwork that is in a plastic bag in that room, all the winter clothes hanging in the closet into the entryway area, and (unrelated to baby room), sweep/vacuum the kitchen and living room. If the water is back on (the water out here in the boonies is not overly reliable <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">), I may also mop the kitchen floor.<br><br>
So... three ten-minute jobs (four if the water is functional again). I can totally do that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I got carried away with my ten minutes and spent 50 instead! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
Here's what I did:<br><br>
swept and mopped kitchen floor<br>
mopped 1 bathroom floor<br>
cleaned two bathrooms - toilet, sink, counter (tubs were clean already)<br>
vacuumed 1 bathroom floor<br>
made beds<br>
put away folded laundry<br>
gathered up dirty laundry and started a load washing<br>
cleaned dog bowls<br>
took out recycling, compost, and trash<br>
cleaned off kitchen counters<br>
dried dishes that were in drainer and put them away<br>
filed some recipes that were on the counters<br><br>
Now the house looks pretty good when I look around! I can't believe how much I got done in less than an hour
 
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