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How to Use a Timer to Motivate you to Organize your Home

Do you dream of having an organized home but lack the time and motivation needed to make it happen? Would you believe me if I told you that setting a timer for 30 minutes a day is all the push you need to take control of this problem and increase your productivity? Visit me at the lake and learn how to use a timer to motivate you to organize your home.

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I’m an organized person. The kind of person who has a space for everything in my home. The girl who loves pulling out my label maker or Cricut machine to name my spices or the food bins within my pantry.

How to Use a Timer to Motivate you to Organize your Home

I love to organize! But here’s a little secret…

There are plenty of spaces within my home that aren’t as organized as I’d like them to be. I also have those areas in my house that were once organized but have slowly manifested back to the original chaos they once were.

It’s definitely frustrating for me. On top of frustration, I also find it to be a little stressful knowing that I have these hidden spaces throughout my home that are in a complete disarray.

How to Use a Timer to Motivate you to Organize your Home
Junk drawer that needs a little TLC

As much as I would love to just run in the other direction and ignore the mess, which I tend to do from time to time, I inevitably find myself having to grab a tool from that exploding drawer in my kitchen and I’m forced to come face to face with the horror!

How to Use a Timer to Motivate you to Organize your Home
Kind of organized…This drawer could use some work!

I could probably spend the rest of my life trying to organize every aspect of my home but who in the world has time for that. Or would even want to do that. Not me!

So instead of wasting away my life being a slave to my kitchen cabinets, I found a solution that works wonders for me in terms of organizing a space but not feeling overwhelmed by it.

As simple as it is, I wanted to share my personal experience with you on how and why this strategy has worked so well for me. My hope is it will give you the same great results it has given me.

How to use a timer to motivate you to organize your home

The one technique I’ve found to work the best for me when trying to tackle an organizing project that I’ve been avoiding is to set a timer! It really is that simple.

Why it works:

  • It gives you a single thing to focus on and accomplish. A timer sets the expectation that for this window of time, you are going to work on only one thing until the timer goes off.
  • Using a timer turns the task into a game. You challenge yourself to staying on task and completing your focus in the allotted time.
  • You work quicker and more efficiently knowing that you only have a certain time frame to get things done!
  • For tough or unappealing tasks, a timer provides a bite-sized way to get started. Tackling a tiny piece of a bigger task is less scary. Once you get working, you will most likely want to continue your progress until the job is done.

Now that you know why it works, here’s how you do it!

Find a simple task that can be accomplished in 30 minutes.

Thinking that you’re going to be able to organize your entire kitchen in 30 minutes is a little unrealistic. Instead of aiming to clean the entire kitchen at once, focus on a single drawer or cabinet for that 30-minute time frame instead. The process will take a bit longer, but over the course of a week or so, you will be able to completely transform an entire space by breaking it up into 30-minute chunks.

Once you’ve identified the area you want to clean, rid yourself of any outside distractions.

It’s important that for your 30-minute time block you focus solely on the task at hand. I’m serious here! You might even need to put your phone on “do not disturb” for these 30 minutes if you feel like you can’t live without checking your email.

Set a timer for 30 minutes.

Any timer will work for this. I like to use the one on my iPhone but that’s just out of convenience.

How to Use a Timer to Motivate you to Organize your Home

In the event that you have to stop for an emergency (kids crying, someone’s at the door), pause your timer and resume working as soon as you are able to. Waiting too long will allow you to start making excuses as to why you don’t need to finish the task at hand. I might know this from experience…

Your goal is to fully commit to 30 minutes so stop making excuses and JUST DO IT!

Race against the clock.

Once that timer starts, hit the ground running and attack the task at hand. Knowing that you only have 30 minutes allocated to get it done, I promise you’ll find yourself super motivated to organize that space in your home.

Because I’m so competitive, I like to challenge myself to finish in even less than 30 minutes. If I do, that’s just extra time for me to enjoy doing something that makes me happy.

How to Use a Timer to Motivate you to Organize your Home

Evaluate your progress and make your next goal.

After the 30 minutes, take a step back and admire your work. Be proud of yourself and the fact that you tackled a daunting task you’d probably been putting off for some time now.

From this point, decide what space you want to work on next and when you’re going to work on it. It would be amazing to dedicate 30 minutes a day to organizing a space in your house but I am fully aware the time and dedication that would take and I know this probably won’t be an everyday occurrence for you. I would commit to a minimum of once a week in the beginning and reevaluate to see if this is working for you.

How to Use a Timer to Motivate you to Organize your Home

It really is as simple as that. I was truly shocked to see how using a timer helped motivate me to organize my home and I know it can be the same for you. Set a timer and get to organizing, my friend. And if you do, tag me on Instagram @lakelifestateofmind so I can see your beautiful work. Happy Organizing!

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2 Comments

  1. I love this idea, Tiffany! And I’ve actually done this before and I can tell you–it works! You said it’s a good idea to treat it as a game and challenge yourself to get more done in less time—that works, too. I don’t know what makes the timer so unique but as busy mom’s it does. Years ago I tried this with my kids and it was a smashing success. I sent the timer and wanted them to clean their rooms. I did offer a bribe, but I think the challenge itself it the bribe. Another great post, Tiffany! And your drawers and closets look amazing–even the ones you think look messy!

    1. This strategy definitely works with kids! And I’m not surprised you’ve already tried it with your own children since you truly are the expert in that area! And for the record, there’s nothing wrong with a little bribe here and there 😉

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