A Better Way To Clean Your House

October 27, 2017

With the weekend upon us, many will begin the ritual of cleaning the house.  For many that cleaning is an all-day "marathon" to get everything done in one swoop.  A familiar voice is suggesting you skip the marathon cleanings altogether. Cleaning expert, author and web blogger, Rachel Hoffman, says you should clean with a 20/10 rule.  First, she says those marathon cleaning sessions are mentally unhealthy.  For one, it leads to an all-or-nothing mentality, which just continues the cycle of letting things pile up over time. It can also be unhealthy, as "many people manifest anxiety or manic episodes with marathon cleaning" and you can start to associate cleaning with feeling sick or distressed. It's also a temporary and unsustainable solution that doesn't help you actually build healthy and helpful habits. One solution is to give yourself little breaks and that's where the 20/10 rule comes in. Clean for 20 minutes and take a rest for 10 minutes, even if the tasks take more than 20 minutes to complete.  The mandatory breaks how that you can stop when you need or want to, and also because they interrupt the part of your thought process that wants to turn a cleaning session into a marathon. So while you might still take several hours to accomplish a task or project, you're breaking it up into workable chunks that allow you to do other, more enjoyable things in between so you don't get lost in and overwhelmed by your task. This 20/10 rule also helps when you feel overwhelmed by what you need to get done, because you're breaking tasks that feel impossible down into smaller increments that feel much more doable and therefore a more balanced life.

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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