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My 5-Minute Golden Rule to Tackle Clutter

What if you could reduce your stress, get more done, and see real results with only 5 minutes?
Now, I know what you’re thinking, “How in the world can I keep up with everything in 5-minutes?” It’s simple. The rule is: What can I accomplish in 5 minutes?

You can actually accomplish a lot in 5 minutes! It can be hard to imagine because our concept of time is skewed when we try to do more than one thing. While multitasking has been typically considered a good thing, research has shown that when you tackle more than one task at a time you actually lose focus and are less productive.

Even Dave Ramsey preaches it in his Baby Step program in his book The Total Money Makeover: Only do one step at a time! He has helped thousands of people become debt free with this philosophy. Why not use this same philosophy towards your cleaning and tidying habits? He said so himself: money is more habit and mindset than numbers.

Let me break it down for you with What, When, & How:

1.WHAT can I accomplish in 5 minutes?

Here are 5 examples:

  • Make your bed
  • Gather the trash
  • Gather the dishes
  • Straighten up the couch
  • Switch over the laundry from washer/dryer

Think of these things like meal-prepping.

Have you ever had to prep the meal prep before? Like getting the chicken or rice pre-cooked or pre-chopping fruit/veggies so it can ready to be tossed together for whatever meal you are craving that day? It is the same concept.

Doing these little things whenever you think you have 5 minutes will set you up to accomplish the bigger tasks like everyday chores or finally cleaning out that unruly closet. And it will feel less overwhelming.

2. WHEN will I find the time?

Here are 3 examples of how you can find 5 minutes:

1-min Or Less: Make your bed!!
This is the FASTEST & EASIEST way to feel productive. It’s always a good feeling to come home to a made bed! And studies have shown that making your bed creates a feeling of productivity.

During Waiting/ Transition Time: Gather, Compile, and Combine!
Examples: Gather the trash in one spot so you can grab & go. Take all dishes to the kitchen before bed.
Because nothing is more frustrating than finally finishing the dishes and then finding out there are more strung out around the house. Put them all in one spot so you can tackle it all at one time.

Time Hack: Use commercial breaks!
You have a free timer already set up for you! These are usually less than 5 minutes and you will be amazed at how quickly you can get things done.

3. HOW can I start doing this as a new habit?

Again, FOCUS!

Just choose ONE of these to begin adapting your cleaning and tidying habits.

Remember, consistency is key to changing habits. If you would like to know more about changing your habits, I highly recommended reading or listening to The Power of Habit. This book studied how people are put on auto-pilot by their habits and how they can effectively change it for good.

You can do it!!


Morgan Johnson is Owner of Savvy Space Saver. Problem-solver by nature, Morgan combines her professional experience in Interior Design with her passion for a clutter-free lifestyle to teach you how to sustainably change your habits so that you can love your space.

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