Organization Hack: time your Chores

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

I have a full plate this year. Life as a wife, mother of 3, student and all the other hats I wear can be demanding. Having and maintaining an organized home helps to make the rest of my life easier. I discovered that my very own 45-minute solution to organization method really works. It worked when I was working two jobs and it works now. You can read the original post here.
Here's the thing, there are days (weeks!) I don't have 45 minutes to dedicate to one area of my home such as a messy closet. What to do with lots to do and little time?
I have learned to measure how long it will take me to complete small tasks and use that information to my advantage when I'm short of time. 
Today I timed how long it takes me to load my washer: 40 seconds. It takes around the same time amount of time to load my dryer. I also discovered that it takes me 12 minutes to fold one load of clothes (straight out of the dryer) and it took me 8 minutes to put those clothes back in the kids' closets. In theory, it takes me 20 minutes to complete the task of getting clothes from the dryer to the closet. No more clothes waiting forever for me to fold and put them away!
This discovery encouraged me because if I can spend 20 minutes in one day doing the kids' laundry, I'm set for most of the week. 

I'm sure you noticed by now but timing myself is a great motivator for me. My tip is to find out what works for you and go from there. 

Establishing cleaning goals for each weekday is very empowering. This week I have to do some deep cleaning but this task can't take me all week long because I have quite a bit of studying to do. Do you see how knowing how long certain chores will last can come in handy? 

I am determined not to let chores (and the feelings of dread surrounding them) rule my life. I want to work smarter not harder, therefore, my 45-minute solution can really help me with this goal. 

What works for you when you have little time to organize your home?