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Do Anything In 15 Minutes And Squash Perfectionism

Flylady (Sink Reflections) says “you can do anything in 15 minutes.”  I’m gonna take her up on it today.
I found myself waking up this morning feeling overwhelmed and discouraged with our home.  It is in a state right now where every room seems to be unraveling.  Stuff sitting where it shouldn’t, crumbs piling up, dust making itself at home…LAUNDRY.  Ugh, laundry.

It has been a very busy week, and I have been gone most of the day the last 2 days doing haircuts for family.  The days I spent at home, I was out in the yard gardening and getting our yard in shape.

 Needless to say, I HAVE ALOT TO DO! 

 I started having a pity party this morning with thoughts like “It’s never-ending.” “If only I could afford a cleaning service” “I’m starting to feel like a maid.”  I  know when thoughts like this enter my world, perfectionism is rearing its ugly head again.  This all started with the thought that I needed to get everything done (perfectly) so I can just relax this weekend and enjoy doing things outside with the kids. (and do what I want to do).

I know perfect is not the goal, so I needed to rethink things.  This is where the 15 minute thinking is going to come into play.  My timer is going right now as I type this 15 minute post, it won’t be one of my best but again, perfect is not the goal.

The rest of my morning I’ve divided into 15 minute segments- each area will get 15 minutes of my time, then on to the next, even if I am not done.  It is 9:00 am right now, I have a date with a friend to grab iced coffees and hit up some garage sales in this beautiful weather (yippee!) at noon, so I should be able to get quite a bit done in 3 hours.

Here is the plan:
15 min.-Living Room/Dining Room
15 min-Kitchen
15 min.-Study/Girls Rooms
15 min.-Hallway & Bathrooms
15 min.-Upstairs Landing Area/My Room
15 min.-Laundry (includes making laundry detergent-I’m out!)
15 min.-Shower
15 min.-Dressed/Hair/Makeup
15 min.-God time/Prayer Time
15 min.-Check On Garden/Water Plants

This equals 2 1/2 hours, and if I end this post now, I will have about 10 minutes of extra time before I  leave on my date.  Hope this works!!  The key will be stopping and going on to the next item on the list when the timer goes off!  Again, this will challenge my perfectionism, but it is also astep closer toward defeating perfectionism!
P.S.  This will all be done while listening to the happy music of “Ocean Eyes” by Owl City. Music is a must!
Oops! Gotta go, time’s up!
*UPDATE:  It worked beautifully!  An added bonus–I moved so quickly to beat the clock that I was out of breath most of those 2 hrs!  Built in cardio!!:)
The weather ended up being not so beautiful, but time with my friend sure was.
I am now sitting in a quite, clean up home, enjoying the computer while Todd has the girls at the park.  Family night awaits with recorded tv, pizza and popcorn.  Such a great day…almost perfect:)
This post is linked to:
30 minute blog challenge @ steady mom
Tackle It Tuesday @ 5 minutes for mom

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  • Amy Bowman
    May 1, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    @Inspired Gifts-no time for photos…I only had 15 minutes:)
    @Kathleen-thanks, but the kitchen isn’t mine. I love the look of it though, modern with touches of nostalgia with the jars..
    @Ginny Marie-did you try it? loved to know if it is working for you..

  • Ginny Marie
    April 20, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    I need to spend the next 15 minutes picking up the living room! I should always divide and conquer my tasks like this. It helps!

  • Kathleen@so much to say, so little time
    April 20, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Good luck! BTW, I love the picture of your kitchen. It looks so clean, so well organized. Wow!

  • InspiredGifts.com
    April 20, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Great job!! But where are the photos. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I LOVE the 15 minute philosophy… that’s genius!
    Oh! We are your newest followers from Tackle It Tuesday.

    Have a Great Day!
    Becca @ Inspired Gifts
    http://inspiredgiftsblog.blogspot.com

  • Amy Bowman
    April 19, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    @our lives-your ability to break things down even more is impressive. you for sure get the concept that perfection is not the goal..great job.
    @aiming4simple-i’ve never been able to do flylady exactly how she recommends, it intimidates me, too. i pick and choose, but everything i’ve picked from her works! Home sancutuary…I like!
    @Aimee-love that saying it’s one of my favorites!!

  • Aimee
    April 18, 2010 at 3:27 am

    I tell you, Fly Lady’s 15 minute “rule” has been a God send! I, too, often feel overwhelmed. I’ve been “Flying” since January and am starting to really see results with the clutter in our home. I’m so glad it worked for you so well today! I actually printed off one of her sayings: Even if done imperfectly, house work blesses your family and blesses your home.

  • Aiming4Simple
    April 17, 2010 at 2:38 am

    Flylady intimidates me, but what you share here is encouraging. Home Sanctuary is more my speed, messy perfectionist that I am.

    Way to go on your list!

  • Our Lives
    April 17, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Amy,
    I do my 15 minutes “chores” all the time and like you, I got a lot done. But I also have my own version of “15 seconds” cleaning. This “rule” comes to play whenever I have a cluttered place that I know I need to straighten/clean up but am just not up to it.
    For example, Occasionally I would let my bathroom reached the point that bugs me (this would only happened when I just had had a supper busy week or two), before I could get back on track with my swish and swash, I would just spend 15 seconds to “vinegar-dex” the mirrors on the first day; Vinegar-dex the mirror, clean the counter and faucet on the second day. Mirror, counter and faucet and the top of the toilet bowl on the third day, and so on. Since I only take 15 second (or less) to get each “area” under control again per day, before the week is over, I would have reclaimed my clean bathroom.
    As much as I can, I do go to a monthly local FLYlady support group and there we share our trials and triumphs of house keeping and it helps to know that I am not the only one who is struggling with house keeping. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Julie
    April 16, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Ah, so true. 15 minutes. But who has 15 minutes! wink wink

  • Susan
    April 16, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    It’s amazing what can be accomplished in 15 minutes! Great reminder that a lot can be done in a short amount of time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amy Bowman
    April 16, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    @ Sara-I did! I did! I updated the post, it was very rewarding. Our day ended up being cloudy, windy and chilly…oh well!
    @spunkysuzi-would love to know if it works for you..good luck!
    @Lisa-I hope the kick was gentle:) so happy to know this inspired, hope you got stuff done and are having a relaxing night.
    @Susan-it really is amazing how much one can get done if they just buckle down and do it! I love the timer method, I need to use it more!
    @Julie-so funny and on some days, so true!

  • Lisa
    April 16, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    I needed a post like this of yours today! I am in the same boat. I’m slowly finally starting to feel better and then also decided to make a cake for my nephew’s birthday tomorrow – can you say ‘take on too much?’. I am going to set my timer today also – I needed the kick in the pants. Thanks!

  • Sara
    April 16, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    I totally believe in the 15 minute rule. Most times I struggle with 5! But then there are times when I get going, I can’t stop. But 15 minutes is a good starting point. I hope you feel like you accomplished something today.

    PS–I’m jealous you’re having a nice day. We are expecting rain till Tuesday ๐Ÿ™

  • spunkysuzi
    April 16, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I definitely have to do some of that this weekend!

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