Getting back on track

This has been my first free weekend for about a month.  My intentions when I set my goals/resolutions were that I’d work at them a little every day.  That hasn’t happened with the decluttering/housecleaning.  I got so behind at some point that it was overwhelming to even think about digging out.  I knew a mere 15 minutes wasn’t going to do much.

Today, I began to change that.  Using the 15 minutes rule, I spent 15 minutes in each room.  When I finished each room, I made a note of the areas I’d most like to tackle when my decluttering time.  In living room, that’s the closet and a storage cabinet.  In the dining room, the two china cabinets.  I still have a couple of rooms yet to go, and I think I’m going to give it another pass tomorrow, but it feels better already.  The truth is, I don’t want to spend more than 15 minutes or so cleaning each day and yet, I still want my house to be neat and organized.  But in order for that to be a reality, I need a good baseline.

I’m getting there.  I hope, then, to have more time to work on some of my other goals, learning more programming, playing with my arduino, hanging out with the kids.

3 Replies to “Getting back on track”

  1. Hi there,

    I feel your pain. I have a similar strategy: one room per one weekend day. Just one room, with frequent breaks, and not the whole weekend. My “office” was the last room in the house that I unearthed and it was a many weekend project (how did that happen? I have no idea) Somehow knowing the pain and agony it took to make it tidy has made it possible for me to try and keep it tidy.

    Now if it would just some raining/sleeting/snowing so the dogs would not be tracking in so much crud. Oh, but that’s the kitchen…that’s NEXT month..


  2. Ooh, I like the idea of 15 minutes per room when the house is a total disaster area, which I’m afraid is our situation right now. Really, in a house as small as ours, that would be less than two hours, and of course it would be easy to break up that time. Hmm — food for thought! I’d love to tackle it tomorrow, but Friday was the end of term, which means that I’m up to my eyeballs in grading. But maybe next weekend I’ll give this idea a shot. In the meantime, good luck with your own cleaning.

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