I woke up Saturday morning to a big, fat mess in my house.
The last thing I wanted to do on a Saturday morning was clean house. I was tempted to leave it until later – really tempted. But I finally decided to get it over with. You know what? Much to my surprise, it took less than an hour to put everything back together and even do a little touch-up cleaning.
There are some important lessons here:
- Many things don’t take as much time as we think they will. I’ve timed some of the tasks I don’t like to do and have been amazed at how little time they actually take – like unloading the dishwasher or changing the sheets on the bed. To say I don’t have time to do those things isn’t the truth. The truth is that I don’t want to do them and it’s easier to put them off without guilt if I say they take more time than I have. But they usually don’t.
- Putting the house back together quickly is easier if you have specific places for things. Clean-up goes a lot faster if most things have a home and you don’t have to figure out where to put them.
- Most of the time it looks a lot worse than it really is. The mess in my house looked like it would take all day to clean, but once I got started, it really wasn’t that bad.
- A tidy house looks cleaner than a messy house. Even if you don’t have time to clean, picking up the clutter will make your house look cleaner than it might be.
- A tidy house makes you feel good. Everybody loves a tidy house, and if you can make yourself clean it up, you’re going to feel a lot better about everything!
Do you ever put off picking up or tidying because you think it will take too long? Have you ever timed something to find out how long it really takes? If you haven’t, you should try. You might be surprised at the results!!!