{Got 20 Minutes?}

I don’t know about you, but there is something that happens when my doorbell rings and I look around quickly and realize that my home is not in suitable condition for guests. When we came back home after our fire, I decided things were going to be different around here. See at the hotel, room service showed up every day. But try dialing for room service when you need your house picked up, your sheets changed, and your laundry done on a daily basis (while at home). I guarantee that you will get no response. This is a call that you must answer yourself!

So allow me to share with you what I learned while living in a hotel suite for 4 months… at least something good came out of it!

Every day room service came and freshened up. In 10 minutes or less we got:

  • clean towels
  • empty trashcans
  • wipe down of counters
  • dishes put in the dishwasher
  • beds made
  • open up blinds to let light in

Got ten minutes? Then you too can bring some order daily to your home.

Once every week, in about 30-40 minutes, they would:

  • take the bedding/sheets to wash, give us a fresh set of sheets, blankets, etc. for all the beds
  • make the beds
  • empty trashcans
  • clean bathroom (tubs, toilets, sinks)
  • vacuum suite
  • provide fresh towels
  • wipe down all tables and night stands
  • mop the kitchenette floor
  • put out fresh kitchen towels

I know life is busy. I know kids make messes. I know sometimes we’re just plain old tired. However, laziness is no excuse for a messy home. Come on now- you shouldn’t be running around every time your doorbell rings trying to hide things in the closets and under the couch where no one will see them. Look, we’ve all been there, but we don’t have to stay there!

Give yourself 15 to 20 minutes every morning and evening to do a quick house pick up. Then set your calendar to get that deep cleaning done at least once a week. You too can learn to maintain your home and make it a place where family and friends can relax and enjoy simply spending time with you.

So what’s your quick cleaning plan? Do you have any tricks up your sleeve that I could use? I would love to hear from you! Remember- you home is your sanctuary. Make it a place where order and peace allow time and room for the other great things in life!!!


About Darlene Collazo

Daughter of the King. Wife. Mother. Writer. Encourager. Lover of words and all things creative. Fellow companion on this journey {In Pursuit} of the abundant life God has for us.

Posted on September 8, 2011, in CLEANING, HOME & ORGANIZATION, HOME MANAGEMENT, ORGANIZING and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. hey there sister thanks for my list I printed it out and im gonna put it on the fridge! that way I can check away! I dont know if I can do it in 20 min like u cuz u forgot to put a spot for me to update my fb status lol…But thanks again this is a great idea on keeping things done and on track!

    • What a wonderful surprise to get a response from my lovely sister! I am so glad you printed out the cleaning list and are ready to move on it ( I have a new updated on I’m posting probably next week, revised, lol, so make sure to stop by and print it out). And here’s a little bit of advice… I don’t do it all in 20 minutes. But I do set the timer every day and see how much I can get done in the 20 minutes. You’d be amazed. Most of the time though, it just inspires me to keep moving, you know!
      I’m sure you will love it once you get used to it. So get that timer. Every day after breakfast and devotional time- give yourself 20 minutes to see what can be done! You can do this!

  2. Lisa having the family chip in is a great idea! Now if only I can have them chip in with a good and thankful attitude… that’s one I have to work on. P.S. next week we go back into our {Accountability} full swing! So sister, don’t think I forgot about you!

  3. Having the whole family chip in is a great way to get the chores done in less time than you doing it alone. My daughter and I do it togather. She cleans one room while I do another. It works out well…

  4. if you leave in a split level house, try using a laundry basket to put everything that is belongs upstairs. That way you don’t have to make multiple trips.

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