We have 96 intervals of 15 minutes every day, meaning you have many opportunities to make a difference. Each day this month, I’m giving you a 15-minute project idea. Pick your favorites to improve your day, yourself or your world. I promise you have time for this.
My house? It’s a mess right now. And this isn’t one of those delicate apologies you give to guests as a face-saving statement. This is the-end-of-the-academic-year kind of mess. Every room in the house could use TLC or a serious deep-clean. But I don’t have that kind of time right now, I really just have small spurts of 15 minutes. So I’m going to use what I’ve got to make it work.
Be Realistic with Yourself. Sure the whole house will get cleaned, eventually. But what matters right now is doing what I can when I can. Every trip up/down the stairs has me carrying 1-2 things. I’m making piles of things around the house that need to be put away and I’m setting out reminders so I remember what to do. You can only do so much in the precious time you have, so make those minutes count.
Start with Your Highest Priorities. And the good news is highest priorities doesn’t need to mean hardest projects. What if you worked on the easy things or the things that everyone will notice are clean. What am I picking? The Kitchen–it’s easy to make it look clean again, I can usually clean the kitchen in about 5 minutes. Plus it’s used so often, it’s a priority for it to stay clean. Pick areas that are most important to you and focus on these for the time you have available. Every little bit helps.
Know What You Can Save For Later. What is not a priority for me right now? Office (and it might look like an early years episode of hoarders). I’m saving this work in progress for a day that I have an hour or two to clean and organize–I just purchased 40 jars for Pinterest-style gifts, now I have to figure out where to put them (also, if you’re getting a present from us, it’s probably going to be in a jar. You’re welcome.)
Learn What You Can Live With. What room doesn’t get my attention very often? The kids’ toy room. They are old enough to clean it themselves and I’m old enough to ignore it, scoot it into the toy room or close the door. Problem solved. When you realize there are areas that you don’t need to worry about often or at all, it saves your time and energy for the areas that really matter.
Stay Positive. When you focus on the things that are going well, you’re more motivated to keep working on the opportunities. You can do this. You have the time, you have the energy and you have help (kids can work too). Use your full range of resources to stay focused on the end goal. And if the end goal is putting away 15 things or 1500 things; great–you can do it!