Cleaning in 10 Minutes or Less

Today's post is from guest poster, Kelly, of Noah's Ark: Finding Faith and Joy in All Circumstances. Give her a warm welcome? :) ___

Despite the long made fun of stereotypes of the Homemaker, sitting on your couch watching soap operas and eating bonbons is something most women only do in their dreams. With kids running around the house, laundry piling up, and the mountain of dishes in the sink growing, it is a successful day in many homes if Mom gets to take a shower. So how on earth are we expected to keep our homes spotless?

Honestly, I’m not so sure that we are! It is our main objective as Homemakers to raise our children. The bulk of our energy should be given to our families. Spending time playing, teaching, encouraging, and simply being with your kids is far more important than a clean home. Unfortunately though, the house will not clean itself.

Most women make time for the important tasks that need to be completed in order to keep the home running smoothly. It is all too easy though, to let the tasks which can be swept aside, get swept aside. Tossing things haphazardly into a closet or drawer doesn’t seem to be too big of a deal, until months of tossing make it impossible to find things when you need them.

Junk drawerphoto © 2007 Valerie Everett | more info (via: Wylio)

I have managed to keep my house clean and tidy to the naked eye on most days. One of my biggest secrets though, is that there is a lot of mess in my home that you can’t see! It’s hidden in my linen closets, under my sinks, and in junk drawers. These projects don’t make it to the top of my to-do list and therefore never seem to get done.

One day I got frustrated with not being able to find a certain shirt in my closet. I pulled everything out to make sense of the mess I had made. I had been meaning to clean my closet for months but could never find the time. What had seemed like an overwhelming task, actually only took around 15 minutes.

I pondered the ease of fixing this organizational crisis and realized that most of my messes can be taken care of in 10 minutes or under! In the span of 10 minutes, you can go through a junk drawer, organize a closet, or toss expired items from your fridge and pantry.  In less than 10 minutes, I can run through my home and pick up the toys and clothes that have been left behind and strewn about.

A Challenge for You:

Three times a day, TAKE 10 minutes to get organized!

  1. In the morning, TAKE 10 and get something from the bottom of your to-do list done.
  2. Before your husband gets home from work, TAKE 10 and pick up the house.
  3. After the kids go to bed, TAKE 10 and put the house back together so you can relax in a clean environment and wake up to an organized space.

You’ll be amazed with what you can get done in just a few minutes. It’s easy, and you won’t be taking any time away from your precious family. So TAKE 10 and get your house organized before you know it!


Kelly Dunn is loved, saved and forgiven by the amazing grace and sweet mercies of Jesus every day.

She is the mother of 2 sweet children, Ashton, 3, and Noah, who was born into Heaven in 2010. She is blessed to be able to do life with Dan, her best friend and the leader of their family. Kelly spends her time raising a daughter who knows and loves Jesus, reading, drinking way too much coffee. You can find Kelly writing at Noah's Ark: Finding Faith and Joy In All Circumstances. She is also the creator of Project 63:3 Find her on Twitter @Kelly_NoahsArk



Thank you so much Kelly! I think we often get "stuck in a rut" and don't do anything because of being overwhelmed. But if we can just focus for 10 minutes on something, we will accomplish more.

What areas do you need to tackle most?

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