Cleaning and ADD (one square foot at a time)

True confession time and it’s going to be embarrassing. I wasn’t taught how to clean growing up at home. When I moved out of my childhood home, you couldn’t see the floor in my bedroom.

What do you do when it’s that bad? Start conquering one square foot at a time. Pick a room (pick the one that’s causing you the most grief). Stand in the door you use most or just pick a spot. Turn to your left and mentally block out the first square foot against the wall. We’re going to do a first pass around this room where we just tidy. Pick up whatever you find and put it where it belongs. If you just don’t know and/or can’t deal with it then toss it to the other side of the room.

Brief pause here – if you toss something to other side, you need to start thinking about how you’re going to deal with it when you come to it again. Trust yourself – you’ll figure it out.

The only rule is you can’t mess up the square foot you just tidied.

The next time you clean – make sure your square foot is still clean. If not, tidy again and go to the next square foot.

You’ll quickly see it’s easier to clean something that’s clean. Stay on it. Conquering new territory is harder so that’s why you just “have” to do one new square foot each time.

Keep working around the room and then clean the floor again one square foot at a time if you have to. When you get to those last items that you kept tossing to the last corner, try to deal with them. If you still can’t, put them in the most logical room. By the time you get to the last room in your house, you’ll be a pro.

Now you can dust, vacuum, wipe down counters, clean the sink or whatever else is left in the room to clean. Again – don’t go crazy. If it’s a really dirty bathroom, start with one fixture. Clean it really well. The next time you clean, quickly tidy, clean the clean fixture and then clean one dirty one. Faster than you would have thought, you’ll have a sparkling bathroom that stays that way.

Today’s post comes with a power up. Fuel for last week was $4.49 under budget.

Why do I keep writing these boring updates? To prove how they add up.

Level Completed: 166 out of 251
Amount Deposited this month: $16.09
Total Balance: $16,533.58
Our Money Game fund has increased .1% so far this month.

$747.98 is needed to reach the next level

New? Start here …

Google Doc spreadsheet showing all 250 levels of the Money Game

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