In my last post I talked about my "daily 10," and I received some interest in it, so I decided to write a post about it.
What is the daily 10? Basically I clean 10 items (sometimes more because I often group together small things) twice a day: right after getting out of bed and just before crawling into bed.
I’ve noticed that doing this creates little bookends of productivity around my day. On mornings when I put off doing my daily 10 until later in my routine, it is harder for me to get moving, and often my entire day suffers because of it.
I like to use my daily 10 to clean one specific place, like my desk or the kitchen sink (aka dishes) because I can see the results immediately—even if it’s only a little difference. Since I started the regimen, my entire apartment has gradually gotten cleaner and stayed cleaner. It shows that tiny bits of effort, like ten minutes once or twice a day, can have visible results, an idea that translates to all sorts of activities.
So, for those of you thinking of trying out your own daily 10, here are a few tips:
1. Choose one place that is especially cluttered.
For some people, 10 items are not even going to make a dent; that’s okay. For those areas make it 15 objects if you want to, and dedicate both your morning and evening daily 10 (or 15) to that place. By the end of the first day you should see at least some difference and within a couple of days it should be completely clean!
Now, I know some people say that they prefer to do their cleaning all at once, but like anything else, doing a little everyday makes more of a difference than doing mountainous amounts (say that ten times fast) all at once. Instead of trying to tackle a big project that seems overwhelming in one go, do it one bit at a time so that when you decide to go crazy with cleaning, you can actually clean instead of just decluttering.
2. If you have a chronic problem, use your daily 10 to keep it from building up
I’m looking at you, dishes. My problem lately has been pots and pans, which has a straight-forward fix, but what about other things like bills or laundry piling up on chairs (I don't know where I come up with these things. Clearly I would never struggle with them...)? Most of the time you want to deal with your bills all at once so that it is easier to track your finances, but between bill paying sessions the mail can pile up. Make it your evening daily 10 (if you have that much mail) by throwing away junk mail, putting away magazines, and filing the bills that you need to pay. It doesn’t count unless you are filing it, because otherwise it is not decluttering anything! As for the laundry, just do a couple of items a night...like the ones you were wearing. It's helped me a lot and now all of my surfaces are laundry free! No really, that's pretty amazing for me...
3. Do it even if you don't feel like it.
You'll feel all warm and fuzzy when you think of the will-power it took.
4. Do what works for you.
You and I are very different people, and thank God for that! Can you imagine 7 billion Rachels running around? Pretty sure I just came up with an idea for a horror movie.
One final note:
I'm not trying to tell anyone what to do, just sharing what has worked for me. It's taken me a very long time to find practices that work for me, so I wanted to give them to you too. If you have any ideas for me, please let me know; I'd love to try them out and maybe write a post about them!
Give it a try and let me know what you think of the daily 10...or don't give it a try and tell me I'm full of crap. Either way I clearly just want you to talk to me.
Checking this blogpost off my to-do list,