Time Diet

Y'all, I'm a slob. It's sad but true. The unfortunate thing is, I don't like messy houses. But I don't particularly like to clean them, either. (Though my closet is extremely ornganized-- by type of garment, and then by color.)

I have found what seems to be a workable solution! Every day, I set the kitchen timer for 15 minutes, and then do as much cleaning/tidying as possible in that amount of time. (I learned this trick from my husband, who is not all that naturally tidy, either.) Yesterday I put away laundry, made the bed, put a new load of laundry in, and tidied up the books/tissues/etc on my side of the bed. It made a huge difference, and 15 minutes feels like no time at all.

If we keep at this, we might actually have a neat house without having to have guests!

15 minutes of cleaning, 15 minutes before work of silence with God. I'm an obnoxiously healthy eater, and I think I'm finally realizing that the same healthy principles there can also be used in time management. I think too much multitasking can really erode our contentment and awareness, so these small portions are working beautifully for me.


  1. You sound like flylady!!

    I wish I was an obnoxiously healthy eater!!

  2. I love the Flylady! But she sends me too many damn e-mails!

  3. Ok. I love days like yours. This one has been too busy for me and I'm trying to catch up on day old stuff...so, now, you've been tagged to play this meme. It's from John Smulo's blog and it goes like this:

    1. Those tagged will share 5 Things They Dig About Jesus.
    2. Those tagged will tag 5 people.
    3. Those tagged will leave a link to their meme in the comments section of this post so everyone can keep track of what's being posted..


  4. Anonymous1:03 PM

    I am going to try this RIGHT NOW.

  5. Anonymous1:32 PM

    that worked beautifully...now let's see if I can keep it up! :)


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