Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Cleaning Tips for the Easily Distracted

Have you ever been cleaning the kitchen and you find something that belongs in your bedroom so you take that item to your room and start cleaning in there?

Or maybe you've started cleaning out a junk drawer only to start looking through the stuff and getting lost in the memories.

Does any of this sound familiar? Yea me too!

Believe me I'm speaking from experience. I have been known to start cleaning and then been distracted by any number of things.

Being easily distracted during cleaning can be discouraging. You have an idea of how you'd like to see your house and set aside time to accomplish this only to find it sometimes not touched or worse because all you did was move things from one room to another.

These are some things I've started doing over the years to help me stay focused and stop wasting time.

Tip #1: Divide the House into Sections
When I was single and without children I used to be able to clean the entire house in one day. Of course I was the only one making a mess so it wasn't very big of a mess. However after getting married, having children, buying a bigger house and becoming a homeschool family, the house is now lived in constantly and the mess is more.

I clean a little bit each day. This can be done a couple of different ways.

  1. Divide the house by rooms and decide which rooms you'll tackle each day or
  2. Divide the tasks up and decide which days you'll tackle each task.

I like to start and finish a task in one day. It makes me uneasy to leave things undone. However, due to time restraints I couldn't do it all in one day so I made this change and it has truly worked for me.

Tip #2: Set a Timer
This one really works to keep you focused.

I decided how long it should take me to do something and set a timer to see how long it really took me. I started with 15 minutes and added 10 minutes if I needed it. The premise behind this is that I can't move on to anything else until I hear the timer. Fifteen minutes is a long time and you'd be amazed at what you can get done in that amount of time.

Tip #3: Use a Basket for Collecting Misplaced Items
I used to get distracted when I would walk away from what I was cleaning to put something away in another room.

I decided to have a basket with me to collect items from that room that didn't belong there. If at the end of my cleaning the items belonged to me, then I'd put them away. If they belong to another family member, then they have until dinner to get it and then it went into the trash or donation pile.

Tip #4: Begin Maintenance Cleaning
Not every type of cleaning needs to be, deep elbow grease, kind of cleaning. Some cleaning is just maintenance cleaning. These are things like sweeping the floor, wiping the bathroom sink or counter in between actual cleaning times.  This helps to make it easier when the actual day comes to clean. It's less work to clean if it's been maintained. 

Think of it like getting your oil changed. By doing this preventative maintenance to your vehicle you make major repairs less costly.

Tip #5: Get Rid of Unwanted Items
It feels like this topic is all over the place lately. Did you watch that Netflix series about decluttering? Did it inspire you or make your chest tight?

Decluttering is something I do all the time. It's not on a schedule or anything, it's just kind of something that hits me all of a sudden. I may open a closet and realize that it's a hot mess and just needs to be purged.

If you have less stuff then you have less things to find places for and less things to clean up AND less stuff means less chances of getting distracted while you're cleaning. It's a win win, right?

Tip #6: Build Routines
Routines are rhythms that you have throughout your day. They are an autopilot type of thing that you do.

These routines will help you to have less of a mess in the house and give you less to clean, therefore not letting you get distracted while trying to clean.

If you need help with building routines sign up for my free e-course "5 Days of Building Routines for Busy Moms". In it you'll learn about different routines that I use to help me maintain order in my house. 

I am by no means a neat freak and my house truly looks lived in at all times. However I like order and I have learned that if my house is in order then I can focus on the other things that I need to focus on. 

Are there any tips that you use to help you focus that I might have missed? I'd love to hear them.

As always, I'm praying for you!

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  1. These are good suggestions! I set a timer for myself often. I find that tasks only take a few minutes when I really focus on them .

    1. I've cleaned (not a deep cleaning) the bathroom while my eggs are boiling. You can get a lot done in 20 minutes.

  2. These are some really good tips! I especially love the second one, never thought about it before!

  3. I spend most of my time cleaning by bringing things to where they belong! By the time I'm done I never want to clean! Lol

    1. Yes I've lived that too! I have found that catch all baskets work best for me. Then I can just walk around and put them where it belongs