I know we are all busy and don’t have a lot of time to clean up the house, which is why I love the 5 minute clean-up game. I’ll explain later why I call it a game.
Take my living room for example. It’s easy for things to get piled up on the coffee table throughout the day, and by the end of the day I’m tired and don’t feel like cleaning it up. Take a look at this picture, it might not seem like a big mess, but there are lots of little things that need to be done and sometimes the little things overwhelm me.
Right before I took this picture I was sitting on the couch, looking around the room, not sure which pile to start with. That’s when the 5 minute clean-up comes in! It’s a challenge to myself to see how much I can get done in 5 minutes. If I finish cleaning up everything in this room, then I move onto the kitchen to see if there’s anything that needs to be cleaned up in there. 5 minutes isn’t a lot of time but you’ll be amazed at how much you can get done in a little amount of time, if you’re racing against the clock!
My daughter loves this game, she’s the reason I call it a game. If she has a mess in her room that needs to be cleaned up, and I have a mess somewhere else in the house, I’ll set the timer and then we race each other to see who can get done first. She usually beats me but when she gets done with her room she comes out and asks me what she can help me with.
If you want to make it even more fun, instead of using the timer, pick an upbeat song that’s about 5 minutes long, and race to see if you can finish before the song. I haven’t found our perfect clean-up song yet but I’m still looking! If you have any suggestions I’d love to hear them.
So now get up from the computer, take 5 minutes, and see what you can accomplish! Leave me a comment and let me know what you just cleaned. Good luck!!! Ready, set, GO!!!