It’s Friday, so I decided to take 5 whole minutes to tackle something.
I tackled my own dresser.
I set the timer on my phone. I started grabbing things and taking them to their homes (where I would look for them first, as in my first decluttering question) immediately. Five minutes was ALL the time I gave myself, so I wasn’t about to create more work for myself to have to be done after that five minutes was over.
I wasn’t sure if I would actually finish in the five minutes, but I figured five minutes was better than nothing.
I did “finish.”
I even had time to head to the laundry room, grab the Swiffer duster, and dust.
I DUSTED, y’all.
And I even pushed the drawers all the way in, which makes a bigger visual difference than I though it would.
Except for that one on the top left, which has something wrong with it (or something stuck somewhere) and won’t close all the way.
If you’d like to join in, share your progress here or post with the hashtag #5MinuteFriday on Instagram or Twitter or wherever. If you want to tag me (@aslobcomesclean), I’d love to see!
Note: This is a whim I had today. I’m calling it Five Minute Friday instead of Five Minute Fridays because even though I think this would be an awesome thing to do together every Friday, I have no idea if I’ll even think about it next Friday. That’s seven whole days away, y’all.
For now, I’ll just smile a little every time I see my dresser.
Another note: If you’re trying to see the things on the sides of the dresser and wondering if they are neat and tidy or cluttered and hideous . . . they’re cluttered. And a little hideous.
Maybe I’ll tackle them with another five minutes.
I like the idea of a 5 Minute Friday. I never seem to have the motivation to tackle anything huge on Fridays, so something with a time limit is appealing!
Amanda Price says
Help! I have a husband that hates waste of any kind and I think borders on bring a hoarder. Advice PLEASE!!!!!!:-(
Dana White says
Do you have my new book? Not that it addresses that question precisely, but I do talk about other people and dealing with them and their clutter. Here’s a podcast as well: https://www.aslobcomesclean.com/2013/12/014-husbands-and-decluttering-podcast/
It’s amazing the difference five minutes makes! 🙂
I have been home sick with the flu through Christmas and then an upper respiratory infection since NYE. Needless to say, I have spent a lot of time sleeping and resting. When I do get a spirt of energy, I have grabbed a plastic bag and done 5 minutes, 15 minutes and an hour of decluttering. My physical recovery has been slow but I realized that it has slowed me down to see where I could make a difference and recommit to moving forward in 2017.
Dana White says
I love this!!
Katie B. of Housewife How-Tos says
I love the idea of Five Minute Friday, and completely sympathize with not being ready to make it plural yet. Your dresser looks so much nicer now!
Melinda Mitchell says
After I finished reading your book the other day, I got up and did all the dishes. Looked so good! I smiled in pleasure!
Then today,went to our family Christmas, that was postponed 2 times for sickness, and now there’s dishes in the sink from feeding myself and the grands before I left. Not gonna get up now and do them either. 🙁
No smiles in the morning.
Your dresser looks great!
You’re motivating me! I think the dresser is calling my name. ?
Katie Alen says
Thank you! I just watched the video on the importance of 5 min in the Take Back Your House course and then I logged into my email and saw this post. It is so inspiring!!!!!