Saturday, April 05, 2008

Chaos to calm in just 15 minutes...

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all that clutter and mess that surrounds you, but just don't have the time to clean it all up? ME TOO! So, I am tackling my messies 15 minutes at a time. I literally set my timer for 15 minutes and do all I can in that little block of time. It is amazing how much can actually be accomplished in 15 minutes.

Since I just love make-overs with before and after shots, I am going to share the good, the bad, and the ugly with you all.

I would like to clarify here that I am not a messy person. I hate messiness and chaos. I love, love, love to organize. However, there just does not seem to be enough time in the day to get it all done, and so in my hurry, I drop things at the nearest spot and run on to the next activity. Before I know it, the clutter has grown and spread like some sort of fungus.

Here is what I see every time I walk in my bedroom. There is a beautiful antique vanity carefully hidden under all that stuff.

Here is a pile of "give-away" clothes as well as my athletic shoes hiding behind my door.

My sneakers are probably there because here is what the floor of my closet looks like. (((sigh)))

So, I set my timer.

And then I clean and tidy like crazy. Here is what I accomplished in just 15 minutes!

I even managed to work in the area behind my door!

I can now smile when I walk in my room.

Next, I tackle the office. EEK!


kimodified said...

That's astounding! I have to say that not only am I a natural born (and very proficient) Messie, I also am an *inefficient* cleaner. Easily flustered by organizing and cleaning.

And yet, I must also say that the few times in my life I've really tried the 15-minute timer, I've found that even I, the worst of all cleaners, can get a lot done if I work hard for 15 minutes.

If only I would do it more regularly. :)

Good work!

Tracy Batchelder said...

Great transformation! You're motivating me to tackle my closet.

Brenda said...

Wow, I would never have thought that much could be done in 15 minutes. I know, I'm always surprised too when I see how much can be done.

So, why don't I do it? :)

Katie said...

I am a mom of three grown young women, I have one grandson and a loving husband and I am seriously going to try your trick of 15 minutes. I will post the pictures on my blogspot katiethoughts and hope that I can learn this trick - there is so much clutter in my house right now I think it is causing me to be so seriously depressed as I need the TIME - Wish me luck and thanks for the tricks......


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