Monday, December 12, 2011

Housework: Getting Motivated with a Timer

I read somewhere that housework is 90 percent mental work and 10 percent physical work. At first I thought that was crazy, but as I thought about it I realized that it had some merit. If my kitchen is messy, it only takes 5-10 minutes to empty the dishwasher and fill it and clean all the counters and do the hand wash dishes. But, the weight I feel when I look at it makes me not want to do it. It feels like it is a much bigger task then what it really is. This week, I am going to use a timer and do my housework in 15 minute intervals. When the timer goes off, I will work on other things I enjoy doing more for a while. If I spend an hour total (4 intervals) doing housework for the day, I should be able to get a lot done. One nice thing about housework is that as you do it and the house is clean, it motivates you to do more or to start decluttering something you have put off. So, if you are lacking in motivation occasionally, try the timer to get you back on task.


  1. I would be interested to know how this works for you since I was considering this as well. ;)

  2. Rita,
    I figure out what I want to clean for the day and set the timer for 15 minutes and just start working until it goes off. Then I take some time to do something I enjoy more for a while and then set the timer again and continue with the work I want to do until it goes off. When it goes off, I go and do something else more enjoyable and go back to the timer off and on throughout the day until I get done what I wanted to do. I hope this makes sense!