Motivation Monday: Tidy Up Quarter Hour Challenge

Each Monday, we're rolling out a new challenge to change the way you think, act, do, or feel. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to be motivated to try something different for a week. And if you love it, keep it going! 

Housework is painful. We all know that. The mere concept of setting aside a day (or weekend) for spring cleaning can make even a neat freak feel weary. And for someone who's not so cleanliness inclined? It can feel downright insurmountable. But what if there was an easier way? 

This week, we challenge you to set aside fifteen minutes a day to tackle a cleaning or organization task. The rules are simple. Set the timer on your oven, your phone, whatever, and get to work. When the timer's up, you're done for the day. 

Whatever task you choose should fall outside of your daily household maintenance. For example, washing the dishes after dinner (something you'd likely do anyway) or laundry need not apply. The goal of this challenge is to pay attention to areas you'd otherwise neglect, like the dreaded 'junk drawer' or something mundane, like dusting. 

To get started, you may want to take a quick sweep of your home and jot down some ideas for what could use a little care. Are your drawers an overflowing mess? Has clutter built up on a particular surface? Can you remember the last time you cleaned something? 

Whether you build your cleaning time into your regular schedule or pick a different time each day, you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish in just fifteen minutes. Knowing that it's such a short amount of time is a huge motivator to get as much done as possible, without feeling the strain and pain of cleaning for hours. And if you're mid-task and want to keep on going - go for it. All that matters is investing this short quarter of an hour to get your life and home organized. 

July 06, 2015 14 tags (show)

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