Nothing worse than looking around and the house looks like a tornado went through. You’ve been busy, so the chores have been relegated to the back burner. That’s where the planned Quick Tidy comes in handy!
It’s as simple as building in a few blocks of 15-20 minutes a few times during the day. I personally add them in to force me to take a break from my heavy creation time or when I know my energy will be lowering and I need a pick-me-up.
Literally, set a timer for 10 minutes.
Yes, I said to put aside 15-20 minutes. You’ll need it. Put on a great energetic playlist and focus on quickly tidying one area. The dishes, straightening the living room, clearing your desk to reset. Go!
This is not a deep clean time not is it a stuff and hide things either. Let’s not create more hotspots or time wasters for another day.
YES! There are times where doing a quick stash and hide are a must. But, that is only in emergencies and if we build in those frequent Quick Tidies on a regular basis, those “Emergencies” won’t be needed. Won’t that be great!
Make it fun and include your kids. A great saying of “it is what is caught, not what’s taught” comes to mind. This is something that has come true so many times throughout the years and raising my kids. Make these Quick Tidies a game. Teach your kids to incorporate these into their own days.
I started using a specific playlist for doing these Quick Tidy sessions. Just getting into my jam and getting things cleaned up. My kids caught ear of the playlist and you can hear them saying “uh-oh mom’s cleaning!” The funny part, they stopped what they were doing and started tidying their own rooms or they jumped in and did their assigned chores. All without me nagging!
If your kiddos are younger, schedule a Quick Tidy before it is time to start their evening routine, or have it be the thing that starts or triggers the start of their evening routines each day.
What does that look like? They (initially with your help) start putting their toys and their own things away. They tidy and reset their work areas (where they do their homework or virtual schooling) to get ready for the next day. If the kids have in-person school, this could be them resetting and packing their school bags for the next day. Set the timer and make it a game for the little ones. It will become a habit over time!
Remember it is what is caught, not what is taught. Starting this Quick Tidy habit when the kids are little becomes long-term habits when they are older.
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