Bonus Tip of the Week - FamilyEducation

Bonus Tip of the Week

February 23,2012
Sweet Pea Chef
Jessica Efird

Jessica, aka the Sweet Pea Chef, is a former U.S. Senate staffer/weekend gourmet turned full-time mom/family gourmet. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two sons.

I know Tuesday is usually the day of the week that I reserve for kitchen tips and tricks, but a friend recently shared this awesome tip with me and I just couldn't wait to share it with you!

Recently I found myself with a way-too-messy kitchen with way-too-little motivation to clean it.  It was a night I made an involved meal, one with many dirty, caked-on pans.  I also had whipped up some homemade bread, and so there was flour everywhere...I mean everywhere.  Add to this that the boys hadn't done a very good job of cleaning up from their afternoon snack and their Playmobil figures were on the kitchen counters too.

The straw that broke the camel's back was when I went to start doing the dishes and realized that the dishwasher was already full...with clean dishes that needed to be unloaded.  Argh.  I shared with some friends that I just didn't have it in me to clean up the kitchen and that's when my friend Erin shared this tip.  She said:

Put on some good music, set the timer for 15 minutes and be amazed at what you will get done!

Sigh.

I knew she was right.  I had heard this tip before in relation to laundry, but never used it for kitchen clean-up.

So I put on some music, set my timer for 10 minutes (I had to be somewhere and didn't even have 15 minutes to spare) and started at the clean-up.

First, I unloaded the dishwasher...still 4 minutes left!

Then I cleared the counters...still 2 minutes to go!

Finally, I started loading up the dirty dishes.

The time went off after 10 minutes.

The kitchen wasn't spotless, but I stood amazed at how much I had accomplished in a mere 10 minutes.  It was clean enough for me to run my errand without coming home to a kitchen disaster.

Here's the thing:  I think this 15 (or 10 minutes) minute rule is a good rule of thumb for a lot of house challenges.  Set the timer, rock out to some good music, and before you know it you will have a good bit of work under your belt!  Once you get going and see how much you accomplished in so short a time, you'll be encouraged and uplifted.

Thanks Erin, for the great tip!

SPC

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