The 10 Minute Trick

the game has changed and so must the rules. when i had 2 children i did my floors almost every day… yes, i did. they were gorgeous. you could eat off of them. when someone walked in with shoes, i politely asked them to be removed. i had guest slippers.

when the 3rd child came along the standard relaxed, i did my floors 3 times a week… life was still good.

now, ahem… yes, let’s talk about Now. well, let’s not get too specific on the floor cleaning issue, ahem…

The Dude. a little guy with such a cool nickname could be relaxed, chill, easy going, he could even speak baby ‘dude’ (if you are from southern california, you will know what this is).

but. he. is. not.

instead, he has reflux, digestive issues, is a hUngry baby, a demanding nurser, not a great sleeper… and on And on. a blessing to be sure, sweet, quite happy (at times) but not … easy.

so, time for a change.

i have been struggling with the ‘getting it all done’ situation. not that i actually think that it will all ever be done. but, walking around in a zombie like state, i have realized that something must be done. i can begin to work in 10 minute intervals one project at a time. no, Fly Lady, i don’t have 15. not right now. but i have 10.

so, this new category of my blog will introduce you to projects, recipes, ideas, solutions and cleaning that can be done from start to finish in 10 min flat. each one will be tested by me and i will post the tips and tricks. this is a challenge to help me improve my quality of life in this difficult time, and i will share the results with you. i would also love love love it if you would share your 10 minute or less tricks and tips. so, let’s start it that way…

have any you would like to share? or would you like to guest blog?

wouldn’t that be an awesome way to spend 10 min?!

 

10 Responses to “The 10 Minute Trick”

  1. Dana says:

    You are so funny. :) I’m sorry to hear it’s so difficult. :( I can’t wait to read what you find that works! I am also thinking about making some changes… Maybe I have the new year bug… But I don’t know which changes to choose and how to implement them. I have my thinking cap on. :)

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Love it! Sometimes I work in song increments. I’ll crank one energetic tune and fly around picking things up until it ends. I like to take a laundry basket and fly through the house putting in things that are where they don’t belong. Then I redistribute. That usually takes another song.

  3. Kristen says:

    Awsome! Anita, you are an amazing woman who has my utmost respect!

  4. isabelle says:

    hi, my two “must do” when I really really cannot do more are
    - clean the toilet
    - scrub the kitchen sink
    I know it’s not much, but as long as these two are done early-ish in the day, I feel less bad contemplating my “to do list” that is unlikely to be done on that “bad day” ….

  5. Heather says:

    Hi Anita. Great post. I’ll continue to pray for your endurance as I pray for mine as well. I don’t have the energy or time anymore to continually bring stuff back upstairs and put it in it’s place so what I’ve been doing is creating a pile on one of our lower steps with all of the things that go back upstairs (toys, clothing, receipts that need to be filed, etc.) and once I have to go that way, I carry the pile up and put everything away then.

  6. Jesseka says:

    Sometimes you can get the whole family involved- for 10 minutes, or 20-30, like we usually do on the weekends when the house looks like a pigsty. Turn on the timer and work like crazy. At 30 minutes each that’s 2.5 man hours (or kid hours…)

    • anitajoye says:

      Yes, definitely. We often have ‘speed clean’ sessions and they work great. You can get a lot done in 20 minutes if everyone is working. We also have ‘family work day, family fun day’. Where we alternate all saturday work projects and outings. We get the BIG stuff done on those days. I think that no matter where we go we will stick to this program.

  7. Dana says:

    Heather,
    I have seen where people have put a box for each family member on each lower step and each person is responsible for their own bix. If I had multiple levels I’d love this idea. :)

    Dana

  8. Bobbie says:

    We used to do a blitz of ‘pick-ups’… didn’t really cover the DEEEEEEPPPPP clean… but well. it helped!!

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