Thursday, 14 March 2013

Nifty Notion #7: Cleaning by Number

No doubt you’ve heard of painting by number - a handy little kit that tells you where to paint what colour. You barely have to think but soon have a masterpiece.

This is cleaning by number. A handy little tip that helps you to clean a cluttered room. You barely have to think and soon have a clean area.

Here’s how it works…

Option A: Good for days when you lack motivation but must. Days when you can’t see the wood for the trees.

  1. Pick a low-ish number. No more than twenty.
  2. Randomly choose that many things from amongst the clutter and put them away.
  3. Pick another number (or if you really liked the previous one stick with that).
  4. Randomly choose that many things from amongst the clutter and put them away.
  5. Rinse and repeat.

Option B: Good for when you’ve really neglected an area. You don’t have the energy today (or tomorrow) but want to get started. A slightly longer term plan for dealing with the messy mounds.

  1. Pick a bigger number. Somewhere between twenty and fifty.
  2. Randomly choose that many things from amongst the clutter and put them away.
  3. You’re done in this room for Today.
  4. Tomorrow (and the day after, if needed) – rinse and repeat.
I have had to employ these methods this week to deal with a certain sewing area and the attached lounge room. Some days you can, some days you can not. The point is to work at a pace that suits. We’re not talking running, or even necessarily walking; crawl if you must. Just do something. You will feel better for it.

And here's some extra encouragement...

Isaiah 40:28 Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.


  1. Well this is just brilliant! Since I am good at laughing at myself , I will have a laugh here too, because as silly as it sounds that one would have to clean this way, it is so relate-able! Now I have never made a game of it, so now I will have to and see if it works. We are not alone in this- my friend Becky has this issue too with the clutter and piles ha! Since my recent dizzies this Winter, I have told myself that it's ok to just pick up stuff a little each day until it's done (rather than thinking I need to be the over achiever and get it done to perfection the first time or else why bother) If I may add one more thing to the list, I would say to get rid of guilt! Who needs to get overwhelmed or feel guilty over not getting it all done at once, when you can clean by number? LOL.

    1. Oh I totally forgot about the guilt thing - thank you for the reminder! Blessings :)


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