Our messy kitchen before.
It is Baby Step #8 of our Be Intentional Challenges!
As a reminder, the 30 Be Intentional challenges this month are designed to get you on the right foot, the right track and give you energy, efficiency and organization which will propel you into a life that is able to develop an overall financially smart, happy and frugal home. We encourage couples and families to do these challenges together so the whole house can function well!
As the 30 steps go along, we will be focusing on 5 areas for the Be Intentional Month:
This next one is my favorite as far as the home goes! It is AMAZING what you will accomplish!
I recommend everyone do this, whether you are following our Be Intentional Baby Steps or not! It is so crucial to your home management.
Baby Step #9
Implement a 20-Minute Quick Clean Sometime During Your Day
(Include Kids and Spouses)
Seriously, I completely LOVE this one!! We have been doing 20-minute quick cleans for several years now and there is typically 6 of us working – myself, our 11, 10, 8, 6 and 3 year old.
The idea is working as hard as you can for 20 minutes! Anyone can do anything for 20 minutes!
But with 6 of us…okay really 5 of us as the 3-year old isn’t super efficient yet… it is like an hour and half of fast vigorous cleaning. But since it is only 20 minutes, it does not rob you of your day and it does not seem as dreadful. Now granted, I am not fortunate enough to have this be enough cleaning in my day (no way with 2 toddlers and 3 other younger kids – we could get by with a nanny cleaning all day :)), but it is a huge help and lightens my load tremendously. Everyday, we do at least one 20-min quick clean. But, we often do a second or third.
We always do one on the main level as this is where we are most of the time, what visitors will see if they come by and what daddy sees first when he walks in the door (and helps to set his mood after a stressful work day).
Then if we do a second one, it is either again downstairs (right before daddy comes home) or upstairs. Alex participates when he is home as well!
So here’s an example of how effective the quick cleans are! These two following pictures are our kitchen and living room, both before and in the same 20-min quick clean.
Our Messy Kitchen Before
Our messy livingroom before.
- So when we get ready, we call everyone to the area and give the quick rules for this 20 minute quick cleans and the focus areas (so we don’t waste precious minutes giving instructions ;))
- Then we turn on some fun, upbeat music on our Pandora channel on our Roku
- Then we set the timer on the microwave in the kitchen for 20-minutes with a “mark, get set, GO…”
- And then we are off and everyone does their assigned tasks for the 20 minutes
- Then…VOILA – a magically cleaner home!
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