# 15 minute timer # efficiency

The Homemaker's Best Friend

Today I’m going to share with you a Homemaker’s best friend. I’m going to cut right to the chase and let you know what it is. Yes, it’s a timer. You don’t have to have a fancy timer like this one. You could use the one on your phone or on the microwave. Any timer will do.

Why is the timer a homemaker’s best friend? Well… that is what I am going to reveal to you in today’s video.

How many times have you had to clean at the end of a long day and thought, I simply cannot do this. I literally cannot tidy anything up right now, I’m so tired. Or you might not even be tired, you might actually have a lot of energy, but you’d rather spend it doing something, anything else. (If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, be sure to watch my video, The Number One Enemy to Homemakers.)

Well, we often talk ourselves into a frenzy about the chores we have to do. Can you relate? We build it up in our minds as this horrible dreaded task that is going to take forever, when in reality the chore at hand doesn’t actually take that long to do.

I love to time myself for 15 minutes, although I have been known to do 5 minutes and even power hours. But 15 minutes is usually the time frame I work with the most.

You would be amazed to know what you can accomplish in 15 minutes.

Most of the time I set the timer for 15 minutes to clean the kitchen and I’m done within 8 minutes. Then I just use the rest of the time to tidy something else or I sit down and enjoy a break.

The power of the timer is in your perception. Usually when you don’t feel like cleaning, you can convince yourself to at least devote 15 minutes to the task at hand. Tell yourself that when the timer goes off you will stop no matter what.

During those 15 minutes you can listen to a podcast or have a YouTube video on in the background or listen to beautiful music. I guarantee, those 15 minutes will fly.

Sometimes at the end of the 15 minutes something curious happens. I have regained my motivation for cleaning and actually want to continue. That has happened to me more times than I could count.

Use the timer technique on any task and in any room. Every family member, including the children, can also benefit from using a timer.

The timer is the homemaker’s best friend. Use it everyday as a motivational tool. Make it your best friend.

The vintage timer is found on Amazon. The dish tray, dish brushes, flower dish soap dispenser and dish soap are all from Grove Collaborative. The microfiber cloths used are by e-cloth. The apron is by Cath Kidston, a gift from my mother-in-law.

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KWheels writes, "After watching and then pondering your video on the number 1 enemy to homemaking, I went and deleted IG and FB. I honestly thought that Facebook was more distracting, but it was amazing the difference it made to let go of IG! I was following some pretty wonderful ladies, but I was unintentionally trying to mimic their life and feeling defeated when mine didn’t line up. Thank you for being a solid D+! 😍"

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Thank you for joining us for today's video. I would love to know if you like to use a timer to clean. Does this technique work for you?

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Anonymous said...

You have a D+ on Instagram but you get an A+ at Real Life! That's much better than the other way around!


Pauline said...

I am loving the homemaker series!
I recently got some Okabashi sandals to wear as summertime slippers in the house. I was wondering how you’re liking the style you have? I got flip flops. They’re wonderful on my back and they’re really cute, but but my husband says they’re a little clomp-y sounding. I might just have to get used to walking in them, but there is no carpet in our house, so I have to be careful not to clomp around after my little girls’ bedtime!

Gigi said...

I don't use a timer - although, I can see how helpful that might be. But, I do find that if I can talk myself into just doing that "one" thing often leads to me moving on to other things that need to be done.

Kgirl said...

I know some people who have become very famous purely because of Instagram, but in real life they are atrocious to encounter and completely different to their online persona. I'm talking about overly entitled behaviour to the point of being rude and oblivious to the people around them and having lost all perspective of social skills because their mind is constantly thinking about an online world. Everything is 'all about the 'gram'. Not to mention having their head physically hovering over their phone 24/7 because that is pretty much what is involved to reach that level of Instagram 'fame'. You don't want it, Jennifer!