A conversation with my sister-in-law last week about the horrors of keeping up with the housework triggered the memory of this 15-minute trick that I learned many years ago. I don't always practice it, but I should! Because when I DO, I am less frustrated with getting things done.
It's really very simple and truly only takes 15 minutes. Here's how it works …
You know the way that desk in the kitchen gets piled up with the mail, cookbooks, and papers the kids bring home from school?
[Now you know my deep and dirty secret! Yeah, the one that is really deep and dirty, but not so secret anymore …]
Set the timer for 15 minutes and go to town clearing it and putting things away. When 15 minutes are done, it should look like this!
In fact, it might just happen that it won't even take 15 minutes. I was done in E-I-G-H-T minutes! Really, I was! I have an extra seven minutes to put somewhere!
Or it might happen that it will take longer and you'll have to decide to just be done with it, or agree with yourself not to get upset because the task is taking longer than 15 minutes and go ahead and finish it up.
(And I'm drawing the line at showing you all the areas of my house that need 15 minutes worth of attention!)
You might be surprised at how much you can do in such a short period of time. Do you know that a load of clothes can be folded in 15 minutes? Or did you know that it usually takes LESS THAN 15 minutes to load the dishwasher after a meal, or dust the living room furniture, or sweep the kitchen? It's even possible to power clean a bathroom in 15 minutes! We tend to think that it takes longer than that because we get distracted with all the other things that also need to be done. Maintaining a focus on a single task will allow you to accomplish more than you thought possible.
Decide on a 15-minute task to do each day and you'll be pleased at the decline in clutter and dust in your home! Now, hand the broom to your husband, and set the timer for him!! Ha.
What areas besides housework could this trick be applied to? What about that book you want to read? What if you allowed yourself to read for 15 minutes a day? What about a 15-minute walk in the neighborhood? What about a handwritten note to a friend?
Can you spare 15 minutes a day to make a change in your life?
I'm off to power clean my bathroom! Ready? Set? GO!