How much cleaning can I get done in 20 minutes?

I have been super busy. I am hardly home on the weekends. In fact, I was away every weekend from Mid June-Mid Aug. There has been a lot of packing bags, but very little unpacking (I am not quick to unpack my bags, it actually makes me sad because that means my fun trip has come to an end). So this is what has come of my house:

image image  I am in a constant battle: I HATE cleaning, but I also really dislike living in a messy house. However, this is just disgusting. I need to stop using busy as an excuse. I have so many other things to do tonight so I am going to see what I can tackle in just 20 minutes each for the two rooms.

Set my alarm. I’ll stop when it goes off.

Here. We. Go.

Started with the dining room:

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And then my “closet”:

imageWhich was still a mess and after the 20 minutes went by I was already in the groove and just finished it:

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I think I need to start doing this more often in a lot of areas of my life. Working out when I don’t feel like it, taking the time to read more books, and definitely cleaning. It’s hard to talk yourself into doing something you don’t feel like doing, especially if you think it is going to take an hour or two. So, tell yourself you will only do it for 15-20 minutes and you can stop after the time is up. It’s a mind game. See how much you can get done in that amount of time, like a competition with yourself (I am super competitive). Chances are, when time is up you will want to keep going!

Cleaning. It can be fun. Kind of. Byeee.

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