Cleaning Test Dummy
Method: 5 Minute Blitz
Is 5 minutes per area, 5x/week, enough time to maintain my standard of clean?
Divide the house into logical areas.
My list looks like this…
Kitchen (15 min.)
Laundry Room/Entry Area of Garage
Other – Stairs and Hall, Guest Room, Front Porch (need rotating attention)
Set the timer and get moving.
For a 5-minute blitz I don’t start with a predetermined cleaning plan. I make a quick judgment on what needs doing and go!
Monday is usually all clutter-busting and tidying.
As the days progress I move to surfaces, disinfecting and floors. By Thursday or Friday, I can tackle a deep cleaning task (a window, dusting the baseboards, changing a lightbulb…)
My kids take care of their bedrooms and bath.
I immediately realized the kitchen needs 15 minutes of quality time.
Blitzing my house takes about an hour total.
Some days I did the entire hour at one time – 5 minutes per area – resetting the timer in each room.
On other days – especially when I’m working at my desk – I write for 45 minutes and then take a break and do one room for 5 minutes. The cleaning is spread out through the day in 5 minute chunks. This is a good way to build movement into a sedentary workday.
The biggest slow-down to fast cleaning is junk.
The more clutter I eliminated, the more real cleaning I got done.
As I work I park bigger jobs on a list to deal with later. But, most cleaning jobs can be broken down into bite-size pieces. If I continued to clean this way, chipping away at the monthly/yearly jobs, it would eliminate spring cleaning forever.
The house is spotless.
However, an hour a day, every day, is more time than I want to spend cleaning.
I could easily combine areas into bigger sections, spend less time overall and still maintain a reasonable level of clean.
I’m not sold on the 5 Minute Blitz. I seem to spend a lot of time in my head making decisions about what to do. Research is showing that we have a limited amount of decision-making juice each day and I certainly don’t want to waste it on whether to vacuum the floor or dust the tchotchkes. Combining the 5-minute time limit with one of the other structured cleaning routines may be the solution.
I’ll have to revisit that at the end of the Cleaning Test Dummy Experiment.
Who This Method Might Work For…
Moms with little ones.
It may take all day to cycle through the house. Let’s face it, it may take all week to hit each room once! But the task is divided into manageable, interruptible bites.
Especially if your job is desk-focused. I set the timer for 45 minutes and got down to business at my desk. Then for 15 minutes, I knocked out a few of my cleaning areas. Rinse and repeat.
Families that clean together.
My favorite method. Everyone gets a zone – set the timer – and go!
You have a physical condition that makes sustained effort difficult.
It is motivating to define a task, complete it and cross it off.
Clean Living Room for 5 Minutes.