Thursday, March 25, 2010

My secret to a clean house

As you know I have two large homes. I'm sure that you assume that I have a full time housekeeper, and spend my days getting manicures.

That could not be further from the truth! I do everything myself, although I do have help in the garden, I'm not totally daft!

I don't particularly enjoy housework, but it does make me happy to live in a clean and tidy environment so over the years I have tried different ways to motivate myself.

The tried and tested method that works for me is....

I use a timer!

I spend 10 minutes a day per room. The timer works for me because it keeps me motivated, otherwise I'll get side tracked and before I know it 2 hours have disappeared. Using this tactic 5 days a week is enough to keep both homes clean and tidy.

I also spend 10 minutes a day on paperwork which keeps the beast under control. It is shocking how much paperwork a family of four generates. Invites, permission slips, bills, magazines and receipts mount up quickly, so 10 minutes a day is essential.


  1. What an awesome idea! I really despise housework, but like you, I want it tidy and clean. I've tried the one room a day, but never with a timer. I'm going to try it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Love this. I do something similiar where I just look at the clock when I start to clean a room and allow myself so much time to do it. It has always worked really well, but I think your idea might be better. I'm going to try it!

  3. Great idea!!! A type A like myself is always looking for new tricks.
    new follower :)


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