Thursday, March 19, 2009

Blitz-It Friday

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Organized Everyday is hosting a new carnival called Blitz-it Friday.
If you have no idea what a blitz is, read here: the original one hour blitz and staying focused.

I have used a similar style of cleaning in the past, by setting time limits and hitting one area very quickly, but have never tried it for an hour. I am hoping to use this carnival to get some good things done in a short amount of time.

Blitz-it Friday:
Kitchen Blitz
  1. Put away leftovers from lunch
  2. Unloaded dish washer
  3. Reloaded dish washer and started it (yes, there were so many dishes that I had to immediately run the dishwasher)
  4. Hand washed pans and misc. dishes
  5. Cleaned stove
  6. Put away groceries
  7. Cleared off and cleaned counters
  8. Cleared off and cleaned kitchen table and chairs
  9. Swept kitchen, dining room, living room and entryway floors
  10. Mopped kitchen and dining room floors

Today was my first hour-long blitz using these specific strategies. And I must admit I was disappointed at how much I got done (or didn't get to). I was really hoping to be more productive (the bathroom really could have used some attention, too).

A few things I found extremely helpful:
  • the rule about FOCUS -it kept me on track, especially while clearing off the counters and putting the items away in other rooms.
  • the suggestion to keep WATER nearby - about half-way through my hour, I was wearing down, then I saw my water. After a few big swallows, I was ready to keep going.
  • a LIST of tasks to accomplish - although I didn't get to everything, it helped me be very focused in the kitchen and finish the job completely (instead of leaving it mostly clean)

Have fun blitzing!


  1. Are you kidding?? You got a HUGE amount done!! I hope you are not disappointed with yourself! Great job!! Now let's not be hard on ourselves. The bottom line is: it got done. And here's a hint: you can do more blitzing later in the day or the next day! Cheers.

  2. Thank you for your encouragement. I guess I just didn't know what to expect, or how much can realistically be done in an hour!

  3. I didn't get all my kitchen done either during the blitz. But it made a BIG difference. Next time I'm going to do a room that won't get messed up immediately afterwards! ;)

  4. I think you did GREAT!!!


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