Hi, Everyone! :waving:
I posted the following in a thread about “knitting addiction” and really started the ball rolling!
[I]"The only thing I do faster than knitting is cleaning. Since I don’t want to live in squalor, I’ve researched or figured out every cleaning shortcut there is and even invented a few more. I have also become a master delegator! "[/I]
So this thread is about cleaning faster and more efficiently so that we can have a clean house AND more time to knit!!! And I know I’m not the only one with fast cleaning tips, so let’s hear from you!
First, knowledge is power. There are so many things to DO during the day that it’s really easy to get overwhelmed at the prospect of trying to get them done - and still have time to knit. The answer seems to be either sacrifice knitting time (NOT a good choice) or leave things undone that then make you uncomfortable. (also NOT a good choice!)
But that doesn’t have to be the choice. I tended to take all those undone chores that were calling my name and made little mental post-it notes. It doesn’t take long for your mind to get wall-papered with them and once you lump them all together it can look pretty impossible.
But one day, when there was a knitting project I REALLY wanted to work on, I realized I didn’t have to choose between them, I could do both if I just worked smart.
First off, my list of chores seemed endless and I felt they’d take all day. Then I realized I didn’t actually KNOW how long they’d take, I’d just lumped them all together and assumed a whole day’s work.
So I made a list of what I really needed to get done and got out my timer. I was AMAZED to learn that I could empty the dishwasher and put everything away (a job I used to HATE!) in UNDER THREE MINUTES!!! :woohoo: I could spend HOURS avoiding it and it only took me less than three minutes to do it! :doh:
Then, as soon as the dishwasher was empty, I put the soap in the dispenser for the next load (about 10 seconds!) The advantage to this was that, once the dishwasher was set up for the next load and was ready to go, it was so much easier to then put dirty dishes directly in the machine instead of the sink! And no more questions about whether what was in there was clean or dirty! All anyone had to do was look at the soap dispenser. If it was full, there were dirty dishes in there. And for some reason, once it was loaded there was such a sense of accomplishment in just being able to push the button, not wrestle with the detergent bottle!!! Silly, maybe, but very satisfying.
I went on down my list, timing what I was doing and noting it down. It was truly a revelation!!! And a great game! As I went along playing “beat the clock” I found other simpler and easier methods for doing things as well. And I’ll share them as we go along in this thread.
But it starts with accumulating the knowledge of just how long it takes you to get specific chores done. And that gives you the power to accurately plan and confront your chores without overwhelming yourself!
So, you might want to play the “beat the clock” game. Just pick a couple of things, especially things you hate to do, do them and time it. Then you can ask yourself if it’s easier to use up the mental energy avoiding them or just go ahead and do the darn things!
Oh, and about my knitting time that day? That was the best part - I finished EVERYTHING on my list in ONE-THIRD the time I’d estimated and had 2/3 of the day for knitting!!! :woot: Besides which I was knitting with NO stress about undone housework! And THAT’S sweet!
Good luck! Happy knitting and fast cleaning!