Back in January, Heather (my sister-in-law) wrote this post about cleaning. I was very impressed with it and have implemented some of the items into my own routine. (I'm getting a very strong sense of deja vu. Have I already blogged this? Oh well. It's worth telling again.) The one thing I liked the very best was the idea of setting a timer when you plan to clean. I do it all the time and am always amazed at how much I can get done. For example, today I set my time for 1 hour. In that time, I was able to sweep my kitchen floor, unload and load my dishwasher, scrub the kitchen sink, wipe down all of the counters and the table, dust my living room, clean my bathroom and finally, wipe down the inside of my refrigerator. That's a lot and I did it all in the 1 hour I allowed myself. I've found that if I go into without a specific idea of what I want to get done, I get a whole lot done. I just set my timer and start moving. Rooms get tidied up quickly because I'm working against the clock. This isn't something I do when I plan on doing a deep cleaning. I reserve stuff like that for Saturdays. I do this to take care of the everyday messes that happen. I always come out of it with a great sense of accomplishment. Try it and you WILL be surprised at how much you WILL accomplish.
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