I had the perfect opportunity yesterday to try out the Flylady's Crisis Cleaning Routine. Between my son being sick and being cooped up in the house more than usual...the house was definitely a bit limbed in. It usually only gets this bad on the weekends when no one does what they are supposed to do.
Yes, there are two pieces of drywall in my living room. Will someone please send us a shed or garage?
So let's talk about crisis cleaning. This is perfect for when you have guests coming or you just have gotten a little behind and got a major mess brewing (or already brewed). Follow the Flylady's instructions TO THE LETTER. I have a hard time with getting side tracked and trying to deep clean everything (never leave me alone with bleach and a toothbrush). It is very important to follow the instructions. I'll talk you through what I did.
GET DRESSED TO SHOES!
Seriously! This is important. You aren't going to get revved up for the day hanging in your jammies.
Starting in the kitchen, set your timer for 15 minutes and start by shining the sink and work your way out from there. Unloading dishwasher, clearing counters, etc. Stop at the timer and go to the living room.
Start your timer again. Clear things that don't belong, remove trash. Carry a little trash bag with you and a basket for items that go in other rooms. You can put those away in a little bit.
If you need to, go back to the kitchen for another 15 minutes. I actually didn't need to so I used the extra time to go back in the LR and DR and sweep. If you need the time in the kitchen, don't sweep.
STOP! Take a break!
Take a 15 minute break and marvel at what you have accomplished!
Move into the bathroom next, wiping counters, swish the potty, pick up laundry (DONT get sidetracked and start a load,, you can do that later).
If need be go back to the LR and continue straightening. You can do the intervals every 15 minutes, taking a break every 45 minutes as long as you need to get the job done. BUT, I promise if you have already been following the Flylady, it won't take that long. It took me 45 minutes to get things in line.
Look! All clean! You can do it too!
And look! It's a mess again! Haha! I'm using my spare time to tackle the laundry I was lazy and didn't fold...we all have our days, but at least we can hop right back on board and make it a good one!
Tackle a mess at your house today :) De-clutter a corner, clear off a desk. ANYTHING can be done 15 minutes at a time :)