The other day I was standing in front of my sink, slouching as I stared at the dishes that seemed to be multiplying. I quickly became overwhelmed. Not only was my sink full of dirty dishes, my dishwasher was full with clean plates, bowls, and silverware. Although I was tempted to fall on the floor in a heap over dish duty, my eyes glanced at the clock. “Work on this for fifteen minutes” I told myself as I rolled up my sleeves.
I couldn’t believe it, but not only were all of my dishes put away, but the rest of my kitchen was clean after just 15 minutes.
I heard a great tip from Kathy Tarr, a woman in my church, a few weeks ago, as she taught through Proverbs 6. She challenged us in a very practical way to do something for 15 minutes each day. She suggested things like memorizing Scripture, or reading helpful books. She told us that we would be able to finish 20 books this year if we read for 15 minutes a day. We could be an expert on something if we studied it for 15 minutes a day. We could be the nations expert if we studied 15 minutes a day for 5 years. Crazy huh? I’m going to apply her tip to cleaning.
Set a timer if you need to, but start cleaning for 15 minutes a day and you’ll be amazed at how much you get done. You may not have hours to dedicate to straightening up your house, but I’ll bet you could find 15 minutes somewhere in your day.
Consider Proverbs 6:7-8 which says, “Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and her food in harvest.” When it comes to cleaning, I’ve found that if I do a little each day the work gets done.
The goal is to be consistent. Break things down and do it little by little, and then do it. This could look like setting the clothes out the night before, or cleaning out one dirty closet. This could look like vacuuming one room, or scrubbing one toilet.
Try this: plan, prepare, and execute. Set aside 15 minutes a day and you’ll be amazed at how much is accomplished.
Thanks for reading!