May 2010 15 minutes-a-day-cleani
ng challenge!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

I started a thread on the Spark Challenges message board, and I thought I'd post it here as well in case anyone wants to join me.

The thread is linked at the bottom of this blog, and the first post looks like this:


I'm not the best housekeeper, and I know my messy house affects my ability to get things done! Plus, I'm looking for a new apartment, but there's NO WAY I can give notice while my current apartment looks like this :). My goal is to have my house organized and move-ready by mid June.

I'm challenging myself to 15 minutes of cleaning per day, and I'm hoping others will join me. This could be any cleaning--unpacking boxes, washing the dog (which, if your dog is anything like Jasper, also counts as serious cardio!), vacuuming, putting books away. You can even split the time into three 5-minute blocks if a whole 15 minutes seems to daunting at first. Just as long as it adds up to 15 minutes at the end of the day, you're golden.

Who's in?


Having a clean, organized house has always been a challenge for me. When I was still living at home, I used messiness as a means to preserve my privacy. My family had no desire to spend time in my room or root through my piles, and that was just fine by me. However, I clung to that behaviour as an adult, even though it was no longer necessary. I distinctly remember the moment when I looked around my apartment and thought "What the hell? This isn't me anymore!" I've made a few attempts to change my ways--some more successful than others--but, like my weight, I've always lost ground. Like my weight, this is the last time I'm going to let that happen. I'm losing the weight. Now's the time to lose the mess, too! I'd love to be able to wake up on my birthday to a clean house, with a total of 75 pounds lost, and begin my 29th year as I mean to go on.

And, because I promised to reward myself for accomplishments: if I make my goal, I'm buying a piece of art to decorate my newly organized home. There! I've said it. Let the games begin!

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    Thats a great idea! I actually already do cleaning everyday, usually about 1/2 hr, more if I have a project I need to tackle. However, I am here to support you through this challenge, as I've struggled with messiness in the past. Now my house is consistently clean & relatively orderly (as orderly as it can be with 2 dogs & a 2 1/2 year old running around).

    I conquered my habit of messiness by 1st getting rid of a lot of stuff that I didn't need anymore. Less stuff = less mess. Then I thought about the problem areas that tended to get cluttered & served as dumping grounds for random stuff. I did my best on a limited budget to improve storage so things had a place to be put away. Then I instituted an "everything in its place" policy. I put things away immediately after I'm done with them.

    The most important part of this process for me was learning to clean everyday for a short period of time instead of putting it off until things piled up so much that cleaning was an overwhelming & time consuming project. Now, this doesn't mean that I NEVER get behind. Right now I have a mountain of laundry. In the past this would've seemed too overwhelming & I might have put it off even more. Now, I'm just working on it steadlily, doing 1 or 2 loads a day. I know the pile will shrink pretty quickly.

    Good luck with your challenge! You will feel great if you keep up with it. A clean & organized home really helps me feel more relaxed & comfortable. I hope you will be enjoying your new piece of art in June!
    2942 days ago
    I'm in!
    2943 days ago
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