I love to clean and keep organised and I am very fortunate that my career allows me 60% of the time to be based in my home office. I can clean and tidy whilst talking to customers on the phone and doing business. But I know this isn’t the same for all of us and I do also have days where I am out all day and still want to come home to that clean sparkly organised home that I can relax in.
Its just me and the kids in the week, Hubby works away mostly Sunday to Friday so I need to be organised!
Take washing up for example. When you leave a plate or cup in the sink, it’s not really a big deal. But do that for a week and your sink will “all of a sudden” be overflowing! If you don’t do your washing for a day, it’s hardly noticeable. But if you don’t do any washing for a week, your wardrobe will be looking empty and you will have the biggest mountain of washing to wash, dry, iron and put away.
This is where my 5 Minute challenge has come into place. 5 Minutes doesn’t sound like a lot of time. You can read a blog post in 5 minutes, make a cup of tea, check out the latest updates on Facebook or Instagram but why not use that 5 minutes wisely.
Spending just 5 minutes a day in one room seems pointless but set your timer and give it a try as this will save you so much time in the long run. Do you really want to be spending your day off cleaning and tidying? I know I don’t!
Setting the timer some how mysteriously makes you work much faster, keeps you focused and motivated.
Choose your time allowance. I have chosen 5 minutes as I know this is realistic and possible but feel free to set your goal as you wish. 7 minutes or 10 minutes it’s totally up to you.
What rooms are you going to tackle today can you spare 15 minutes and tackle 3 rooms before the school room or before you go off to work. Choose a time of the day that works best for you and fits in with your daily routine.
Sometimes I take an empty washing basket around with me and fill this up with items that aren’t in their correct place. This then ensures that I take the items back to their home. Don’t ever leave the basket full make sure you empty this as part of your challenge.
Think of this challenges as a great work out. If your working fast your heart will be beating faster and you will be burning calories saving you on endless trips to the gym and your monthly gym fee.
You may choose to do this just 4 days a week out of the 7 but stick to the days you choose.
Check into my social media every so often to see what I am up to stay inspired.
Ask a few friends to join in the challenge with you, set up a whats app group or Facebook group to keep motivated.
I have set up a Facebook group here which you are more than welcome to join. Facebook Group
Download your favourite motivational tunes and go for it. I always go for a bit of 90’s especially the dance tunes.
Finally get my speed cleaning printable to help guide you along the way. Pop it on your fridge as a constant reminder.