Spring Cleaning Tip of the Day: Time yourself while cleaning

I certainly didn’t invent this tip myself—I’m not sure where I first heard of it. But ever since I did, it changed the way I clean my house. It’s simple: set a timer before you clean. I do a 15-minute burst if I don’t have much energy. Sometimes I get extra motivated and allow myself a whopping 45 minutes on the clock. What is the purpose of this, you ask? I find I work more efficiently under pressure—even if it’s artificial pressure like setting a timer. Also, it removes the whole “how will I ever be able to tackle this pig sty” from the cleaning equation. And that’s the beauty of it: you don’t have to clean the entire house—you simply have to clean for 15 minutes. You’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish in such a short burst of productivity!


  1. Love this! Good tip to get rid of the guilt when cleaning on a mom schedule as well. I’ll remember this one.

  2. Instead of a timer (if I have 45ish minutes) I’ll put on a CD — something with a beginning and an end, and playing in just the room I’m in. I’ll dance around, I’ll focus on one task instead of partially doing several (which makes me feel like I haven’t done anything), and the end of the album is a much gentler ending than a buzzer.

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