A friend mentioned that someone dropped by in the middle of what she describes as her humdrum house work. She was glad to see her friend but was just as glad to postpone the drudgery (as she calls it.)
I’ve known so many people over the years who felt that way —— and certainly I would have to include myself.
I guess I should not admit this to the entire world but the truth is– in the all the decades Bill and I have been married, it has only been in recent years that I have done – I feel – and excellent job of keeping our home “always presentable”.
If I had to clean — say for an entire day — or even a half a day — even for 2 hours — I would immediately start dreading it. As with most things, the mental dread is worse than doing the work.
Ok – I know – if you don’t have this problem — you are probably shaking your head in disgust.
The good news is I have – I think – found the secret and it’s so simple that its easily overlooked. And I apply it to my garden and yard tasks as well.
When I make my “to do list” for the next day before going to bed, I include exactly what I want my 5 to 10 minutes of house cleaning to be. (Believe it or not – this makes your chore much easier to do – so be sure to do this part even though it may seem insignificant.)
Next morning after showering and dressing I immediately do my 5 to 10 minutes of house cleaning.
For example – I might use a dry dust mop (like the one below) on my kitchen floor to get up loose dirt and then continue to mop all my hardwood floors downstairs. This takes me 7 minutes total. Just the amount of time for cleaning that I can handle!
And by the way, a feather duster is part of the secret and I think, one of the greatest things ever invented. You don’t have to move things like in normal dusting and it still gets clean. What a time saver!
(Picture below shows new feather duster on the left and two old ones that I have worn down. The long handled duster is perfect for hard to reach places. The worn ones are especially good for baseboards, windowsill, blinds, etc.)
The process (of planning a specific task the night before and then spending a few minutes on it the next day) can be used in the garden. It is especially helpful on cold days during the winter or hot days during the summer when it is not very appealing to go outside.
To take most of the effort and dread out of almost any task in the home or in the garden use my “secret”:
#1 – Plan the night before exactly what you want to get done.
#2 – Plan to spend an amount of time that won’t freak you out – no matter how small – even 5 minutes. (You can always do more once you’re into it.)
Be consistent and you’ll be amazed at what you can get done in such a small amount of time. I’ll be cheering you on!