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You love to volunteer. You're a scout leader, a Sunday school teacher, and sing in the choir.  You're also a great parent.  You attend all your children' sports and music events, you read to them 30 minutes a day and help them with their homework.  There's only one problem-your house is out of control!  You feel like you'll never be able to dig out from under all the piles, toys, dust, and dirty dishes.  Is there hope?
Yes!  Says Bonnie McCullough, author of the book Totally Organized.  Bonnie was able to rise above the clutter and confusion to create new habits.  And she developed the Five Minute-Minimum Maintenance System.  Everyone, even busy people, has five minute blocks of time.  Start like this:  Put on an apron or shirt with pockets, and a watch.  Give each room only five minutes. 
Start in the place people see first as they enter your home.  Put away, pick up, straighten up, and wipe off whatever you see needs to be done.  Start with the biggest items:  the kitchen table, newspapers, the bed, etc.  Work your way to the smallest objects, which can be collected in your kitchen-here you may work for 15-20 minutes.
Please note that this system is only for basic maintenance.  But it works to get you started.  If you return to a house that has a sense of some order, you are much more likely to tackle the bigger job of cleaning.
Once you've restored the basic order to your home, use the five minute rule daily to keep the house picked up.  Every day before you leave the house plan to spend five minutes in each room.  Encourage your spouse and children to take 5 minutes in a room they'll become responsible for. 
Just 5 minutes can make a world of difference for everyone!

posted on: 6/22/2010 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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