I’m not here to tell you who should be doing housework at your house- y’all have to work that out amongst yourselves. I’m just offering this suggestion for when the house looks hellish and something needs to be done.
Put 15 minutes on the timer.
It’s amazing what 15 minutes can do to restore your house to something resembling ‘fit for company’. As someone who needs some order around her in order to think and work, a quick 15-minute blitz around my son’s naptime does wonders for the house and allows me to focus on my work while he sleeps.
In one 15 minutes blitz I was able to:
Wipe down the kitchen counters
Load & start the dishwasher
Pick up toys and books in the family room
Pick up & straighten J’s room
Wipe down the major pieces of furniture in the family room
Toss a load of laundry in the dryer and new one in the washer
Quick walk through picking up random toys, sippy cups, phone chargers, a roll of tape, things pulled out of recycling, etc. You know, pick after a two-year-old!
In another blitz, I was able to:
Clean a toilet inside & out
Clean a double vanity in the master bath
Pick up toys, shoes & books
Empty & reload dishwasher
Wash the pots & pans from dinner
Wipe down kitchen counters
There’s something about setting the timer and then seeing how much you can get done in that short burst that makes it feel like a game. Or maybe that’s just what I tell myself to make it more bearable…
Imagine what two short bursts a day would do to keep the house in order… Or imagine if EVERYONE in your house old enough to load a dishwasher were to each do a 15 minute blitz a few times a week (someone takes the kitchen, another dusts, this one vacuums, that one does a bathroom, etc.)… the house would look a-mazing without one person stuck doing all the work.
Now that’s what I’m talking about…
See you tomorrow,