Clockwise (pardon the pun :) from top: Vintage timer, Chicken timer, Wood Apple timer, Slice of Pie timer
Ever the type-A personality, I wouldn’t doubt that I am the only person in the world who would turn housework into a competitive sport. ;)
seriousness kidding aside, I have realized that my procrastination and lack of motivation towards certain chores around my house are often put-off because I think that they will simply take too long and I don’t have the time to do it. I decided to put my theory to the test by timing some of the ‘daily chores’ around my house. In doing so, I surprised myself with how quickly they can get done, which then led to my next thought: if I set a timer for 5 minutes how much could I tackle?
Here’s what I accomplished after Nugget went to bed last night with my 5 minute intervals:
Interval 1) Took out garbage, replaced the garbage bag with a new one and watered all of my house plants.
Interval 2) Made my bed, put away Nugget’s pack-and-go crib, put away clothes that were lying around my room.
Interval 3) Gathered all laundry, sorted it and ran a load of darks, set-up coffee maker for the morning.
Interval 4) Gathered dishes around the house, ran dishwasher, made tea, put away Nugget’s toys.
Interval 5) Put away shoes and jackets in the closets, cut up strawberries for a snack, put away magazines into magazine rack.
All in, I spent 25 minutes doing chores around my house, but the 5 minute intervals kept it less daunting and quite honestly, it became a bit of a game to figure out how much I could do in the 5 minutes.
If you are like me and are incredibly distracted by your phone, might I suggest using a timer that isn’t on your cell phone. The pics above are a few cute finds that might help add a little fabulous to your timed chores. Heck….anything to make housework a little easier right?!?
How do you tackle your housework??? Please share your amazing ideas!