I’ve read a lot of books on organizing and cleaning over the years and tried a wide variety of methods. However, my favorite is what I call “blitz” cleaning. In football, the blitz is a very focused play on the quarterback. In cleaning, the blitz is focused on one room or one area for a short period of time, usually about 10 minutes. One can endure anything for such a short period of time, right?
There are several great things about blitz cleaning. First, you only have to focus on a small piece of the big picture. Just thinking about cleaning a whole house can be exhausting. But cleaning a small area for a short duration of time is no big deal.
Second, knowing the clock is ticking, you just naturally take on a quicker pace and accomplish more than you would have if the whole day ahead were pegged for cleaning. Personally, it almost feels as if I’m in a competition to see how much can be accomplished in such a short span of time.
Third, there is the accrual effect. Ten minutes here and ten minutes there begin to add up over the course of a day. Yet you look back and don’t feel as if you spent the day cleaning, because you actually went about your business and only took “cleaning breaks.”
For me, the best plan is to choose an area that really needs attention. When the time is up, I go back to my business as usual. A little later when I need a break from work, I take on another blitz cleaning session somewhere else in the house. And by the way, blitz cleaning is a great thing to do with while talking on the phone with your ear phone attachment.
Of course, there is a place for a good thorough cleaning of each room in your home. However, blitz cleaning is a great method for keeping a home neat and orderly on a day by day basis, and it cuts out a lot of wasted time.