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.
- Put away leftovers from lunch
- Unloaded dish washer
- Reloaded dish washer and started it (yes, there were so many dishes that I had to immediately run the dishwasher)
- Hand washed pans and misc. dishes
- Cleaned stove
- Put away groceries
- Cleared off and cleaned counters
- Cleared off and cleaned kitchen table and chairs
- Swept kitchen, dining room, living room and entryway floors
- 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!