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What Can You Accomplish In 15 Minutes a Day?

Updated on November 16, 2015

Cleaning a Disastrous Mess in 15 Minutes a Day

Are you sick of the mess in your house? Would you like to be able to invite friends over again? Would you like to have some clutter control?

I'm here to tell you that it's possible!!! All it takes is 15 minutes a day, a strong desire to get it done, and the strength to let some things go. It won't necessarily be easy but by breaking it down into 15 minute time increments, you'll achieve clutter control before you know it!

Pick A Small Spot to Start On - Only one area at a time!

Pick a small area and work on it exclusively for 15 minutes.  There's no getting distracted!  Stay in this area!
Pick a small area and work on it exclusively for 15 minutes. There's no getting distracted! Stay in this area!

Declutter in a single small area

We're only going to focus on one small area at a time. We'll focus on that small area and only spend 15 minutes a day on it. You won't believe your eyes or your timer at how much you really can accomplish in such a small amount of time!

Here's the area that I picked to start! It's that collect all area right inside the front door where everything seems to accumulate. Let's see how much I can accomplish in 15 minutes.

Take a Picture! - Digital works Best

Have you ever tried this? If you've lived with the mess for a long time, it's probably invisible to you but take a picture, and wham! There it is! It's like removing the cloak of invisibility from all of the piles of stuff!! The stuff becomes part of the background and it's like it's not even there anymore.

Digital works the best for this process because you will have instanteous results. You will actually be able to see a difference in 15 minutes and wow it's amazing how good it will make you feel! When you see a difference, you get motivated to keep going and the more you get rid of, the easier it gets.

Ready! Set the Timer! Go!!

I use the timer on my iPhone but you can use any timer that you prefer. Some watches have timers on them. My oven has a timer. I have a stand alone timer. Whatever you have and whatever works, use it!

No excuses here! It's only 15 minutes of your time each day and you will accomplish so much. Before you know it, it won't take more than a few minutes to clean your entire house.


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15-min-a-day5

Time's Up!!!

I only spent 15 minutes working on this spot. I threw a lot of stuff away - receipts, wrappers, and expired coupons. I put away a bunch of pens and a necklace. There were a lot of little connectors that I put in the basket. I organized the letters in the letter holder but they will need to be gone through tomorrow. At least if they look a little more organized, I wouldn't be so overwhelmed when my next 15 minutes starts.

PROGRESS!! Day One

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15-min-a-day

It Gets Easier

I don't know about you but I think it looks a lot better! I think it should only take another day or two of these 15 minute cleanings. The next time I do this, as long as I don't wait too long, it will be easier. And each time after that, it will get done faster and faster until one 15 minute session is all I need to finish the job. These small areas can hold a lot of stuff and it collects quickly in certain spots.

Did you think it would look this good after 15 minutes?

See results

Day Two - 15 more minutes!

This area is looking a lot better!  Remember all the clutter that was sitting around?  It's gone now!
This area is looking a lot better! Remember all the clutter that was sitting around? It's gone now!

Almost Done

There might not be quite as noticeable as a change because I spent most of the time going through the mail that was in the slots. It was a lot of old bills and ads that someone stuck up there and then forgot about.

I think it's looking much better! I will probably only do this one more day and then move onto something else. I don't really want that second basket sitting there but I haven't decided what to do with it yet. Maybe I'll figure it out tomorrow.

Spectrum Diversified Twist Mail & Letter Organizer, 3-Tier, Wall Mount, Black
Spectrum Diversified Twist Mail & Letter Organizer, 3-Tier, Wall Mount, Black

This is kind of like the one have, just updated. It has 3 tiers of letter holders and a place to hang your keys. This style seems to work really well.

 

Struggles

If you are struggling to part with things, remind yourself of this;

You need to get rid of the old so that you can let in the new....

Not only new things but new friendships

And new loves

New hobbies

And maybe even new pets.

Free up some space and you will free up your soul.

On To The Next Area - First 15 minutes

You can go all the way around the room 15 minutes at a time. I got rid of a ton of stuff in this next area! What a great feeling!! I can never understand how one area can fill up with so much stuff so fast. It seems I get rid of a bunch of stuff and then a bunch more comes home. I think the trick is to do this often!

Here's the Progress After 2 - 15 minute segments - I love the feeling of accomplishment!!

This One Area

Tonight, all I wanted to concentrate on is this one area. This took me 2 - 15 minute segments. But, like I said, I really got rid of a lot - unmatched mittens, excess scarves, too small shoes and empty boxes. There were things that people had given me that I didn't really want and those went too. I had more to get rid of than I had even realized.

Books on Cleaning Up Your Life

31 Days To A Clean And Organized Home
31 Days To A Clean And Organized Home

This book will help you get your house cleaned up in a snap. You'll also learn effective cleaning techniques.

 

Decluttering Process

Have you ever tried this technique? It's pretty basic and you may have already tried it. I find this works the best for me so I'm sticking to it. I don't seem to have the attention span to do much more without getting overwhelmed by it all. If I try to do more, the time seems to be wasted because I get too distracted. I start putting things anywhere I can find a spot instead in the places where they belong.

How Easy is it To Spend 15 Minutes a Day?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Sounds better then my "I'll do it tomorrow" plan. I'll give it a try!

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      poutine 4 years ago

      I tried it and it works.

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      hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

      I learned about the 15 minute rule from Flylady, and love it! Her site can be a bit on the kindergarten-teacher side, but it really, really works.

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      Jen withFlash 5 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks!! I find that this is most useful when I have so much to do that I don't know where to start!!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I have tried this, but not as much as I should. Love the way you've documented it!