Array
Home Care

How Long Does It Really Take To Clean The Home?

The answer may surprise you!

Shares
Photography: Pexels.com (Main Photo)

Do you know the feeling of being so overwhelmed with a long to-do list that you end up not doing anything at all? If you're trying to juggle a 9-to-5 job and keeping a home running, you probably do—and more often than not, what leaves you in a panic is thinking about how much time it will take to clean your humble abode.

In your head, the most common tasks—doing the dishes, folding the laundry or vacuuming carpets—can take hours so you'd much rather delay doing it. The next thing you know, your home is a mess. Don't worry, there's something you can do to change your perspective: Start a stopwatch. 

You might be thinking, "How does using a stopwatch help me accomplish more?" Well, according to cleaning guru Jolie Kerr of The New York Times, if you know the task will take seconds to finish then you'd be more motivated to finish it immediately. 

"If you're a person who tends to let dishes pile up in the sink to avoid washing them, try this simple trick to put the effort involved into perspective: For a few days, as you think of it, set a timer before you begin washing the dishes, and make note of how long it took to clean up. If you know the task will take just minutes to complete, it will be less difficult to convince yourself to take care of those dishes now," she explains. 

As it turns out, cleaning (or any type of home-related chores for that matter) doesn't really take that much time at all. With constant practice, you'll be surprised at how fast you can tidy up your space and soon enough, you won't be needing a stopwatch to tell you that.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

SOURCE: The New York Times | Smarter Living (A Smarter Way To Clean Your Home)

More on Realliving.com.ph

Shares

Latest Stories

Amoy Kulob at Mabaho? Here Are Ways to Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh

Because a beautiful house needs to smell good, too

Those School Buildings We Grew Up With Are Called Gabaldons

The President recently signed a law that mandates their conservation

These Are The Reasons Why You Have a Messy Home

Manage the clutter in your house with these tips from an interior designer

Which One is Best for Your Home: A Diffuser or A Humidifier?

Here is a quick guide between a diffuser and humidifier to help you decide which one is better for your space

How to Avoid Bad Luck in the Year of the Pig

They say you shouldn't wear black or white on Chinese New Year. Are you familiar with such taboos?

12 Decluttering Tips We Can Learn from Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

Achieving a clean, organized, and welcoming home can be easy

How Often Should You Wash Your Pillows?

Heads-up: The pillows we use are filled with germs and bacteria!

How to Survive If You Only Have One Bathroom at Home

Here's how you can make the small, shared space clean and functional

A Tiny 21sqm Studio Unit Undergoes A Needed Makeover

Interior designer Kat Villanueva-Lopez worked with clever storage solutions, multifunctional furniture, and sleek finishes to turn the cluttered space into a haven for a family of three

Done with KonMari? Here's Where You Can Donate Old Clothes and More

Make someone else happy by donating your pre-loved items!

7 Ways to Use Hooks Around the House

From organizing the kitchen to displaying your favorite plants, your pack of hooks can go a long way!

How to Correctly Clean Kitchen Counterops and Other Surfaces Your Child Touches

Your kitchen countertop is one of the dirtiest surfaces at home
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!