Tidy Up Ten

It's no secret that I'm not the best cleaner-upper in the world.

:: Dream Tree Home – {via} ::

I'm 1000x better than I used to be in university but I must admit it still doesn't come all that naturally to me. I'd WAY rather cook, do groceries, laundry – really anything but clean!

I come from a family of complete neat freaks. Growing up our house was serial killer clean. My parents were huge on clean clean clean. Me, not so much. I have the tendency to let things get messy and then do massive three hour cleans then let that process repeat itself over and over and over again. 

When I first met Matt in university he would come over my house (shared with my awesome friend Jules) and he would clean up after us. Love at first sweep! After awhile that got embarrassing so I started to tidy up a lot more!  

After living together for four years I'm a lot better at general tidiness – my house rarely looks like a bomb just went off! But I'll admit I'm still not perfect … or at least I wasn't perfect but now I think I have finally found THE solution to my messy/clean/messy/clean habit:

The Ten Minute Tidy.

Here's what we do. Matt and I both, independently commit to at least 10 minutes of pure clean time a day. I set the microwave timer for 10 minutes and RACE to get as much done as physically possible. I'm usually sweating once the beeper goes off. Then that's IT. Once the timer goes you have to stop – even if you're on a roll you have a maximum of 30 more seconds until the beeper starts to get angry and then you absolutely MUST stop. 

So far we have already noticed a huge difference. It is amazing what you can actually get done in 10 minutes – especially when it's a race!! This really appeals to my competitive nature. 

If you're like me and struggle with tidy up time give this a go. Yes we still need to do a bigger clean up every once in awhile but it makes home life SO much better when it's a space you want to be in!