Friday, June 22, 2007

Pickup Game

Have you ever kind of "Let things go"? Gotta get ready for vacation, gotta work extra, summer's here and the time is right for dancing in the street? Straightening up has come to mean aligning the edges of the piles... Well, the piper's finally calling about his Past Due bill.

I figured I'd gather some cleaning strategies to help tackle it. A couple different methods to switch it up a bit, with cutesy names to make it more fun:

Truckin' (location) - Move around the room checking a two foot square area at a time, putting anything you run across that's in the wrong place into a box so you can put it where it goes when you get there.

Sortin' (category) - Search the whole room for one specific category, such as books or Hot Wheels.

Lookin' (impact) - When you've been out of the room for a while, close your eyes as you're coming back in. Whatever catches your eye first is the most important thing to fix up.

Quiltin' (alternating) - Sometimes you have to spend time on something that is necessary but invisible. Alternate between things that are easy but visible (moving the boxes to the closet) and the details (making sure the right things are in the right boxes.) It's like laying down a patch and then sewing it down.

Here's a great website all about keeping up with housework:

Quiltin' is great at work. You can give everyone a nice report and update it every week. Or you could lay in some infrastructure and just refresh and check it every week.

Superpower of Marginal Utility: Sorting folded laundry without messing it up.

Touche Cliche: A rose named "Stinkypoo" might not get smelled as much.

Mashup I am not going to make: "Whole Lotta Tainted Love"

1 comment:

Tink said...

And I thought I was the only one to straighten piles and call it clean! Great strategies, thanks for the tips.