Saturday, April 24, 2010

What Can You Get Done in 15 Minutes?

By Renee Weatherford

Does it seem harder and harder to "find" the time to get your home in decent shape for company, or just back to working order? With everything you have to do in a day, the last thing you need is to walk through the door only to be faced with disaster, so here are a few tips I have come given my clients to tackle those problem areas in just a few minutes.

Set a timer for 15 minutes & begin at one end of your house, carrying a basket to toss in anything that doesn't belong in that room. Tote along a good old-fashioned feather duster, a scented room freshener, a bag to empty out any garbage baskets along the way & a damp cloth to wipe up any stains or smudges. Don't worry about detail cleaning right now, just sweep through each room, snapping up anything that is out of place.

Once you've worked from one end of the house to the other, quickly replace all the items you've been collecting to where they belong. If you run your duster, freshening spray and damp cloth in every room you've "swept" through, you will have a nice tidy house in just a few minutes!

Here are a few more household chores that can be done in just a few seconds, and even multitasked:

Make the bed while listening to your messages.

Fill or empty the dishwasher while disinfecting your sponges.

Set up your automatic coffee pot for the next morning.

Reload the washer & dryer during a commercial break.

Fold clothes or clean out your purse or balance your checkbook while watching TV.

Apply toilet cleaner to soak in while you wipe out bathroom sinks.

Empty Garbage cans.

Organize your vanity drawers while waiting for your curling iron to heat up.

Plan your weekly meals or shopping list while waiting in line.

Set out tomorrow's clothes when getting ready for bed.

Put together a Go-bag & leave by the front door for the next day.

Make a To Do List when taking a break.

It doesn't take much to see a little progress, and literally just a few seconds for simple chores.