20 Minute Dash – My own version of the famous ‘Power hour’ 

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Before I get into my 20 Minute dash, I want to explain a bit about the Power hour.

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A very lovely lady on Youtube called Kimberley has a channel called ‘Style mom XO’ ( I will link one of her power hour video here she came up with an idea where you write a list of cleaning chores you need to get done, you turn off all distractions and you set yourself a timer for an hour and try to get all the jobs done. It has taken off all over Youtube and nearly all of the channels I’ve watched have tried it at least once.

I absolutely love this idea and my kids love to join in as well but with my leg being bad, I can’t rush around like that for a whole hour so I came up with my own version of it. In my ’20 Minute Dash’ It’s not really cleaning it more just tidying up and putting things away.

It’s the same concept of writing a list and turning off all distractions but the challenge only last for 20 Minutes.

The Day I did this Dash was a Sunday and it was such a manic day, I really let the house work slip and it was a mess. I’ll start by telling you a bit about our day and then show you the picture of my house.

My day started off wrong from the very begining… I slept straight through my alarm and even the girls had a lay in and we didn’t wake up until 9.30am, I had to get through my morning tablet routine with the kids around (Which I hate doing) then do a few chores around the house ( which I didn’t even get half of them done) I had also promised the girls that we would go and see the horses that day. ( They LOVE horses and there are some fields and stables near us and the girls love going to see them. We have permission from the owners and they lets us go any time we want to.) So around 11am I made the girls lunch and then we went to see the horses, we spent way to long down at the stables and had to rush back as Kira had a party that evening.

 

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Before pictures

So in these pictures you can see the mess from my half done chores, mess from lunch and mess from us rushing around wrapping presents and getting Kira ready for the party. Also we are still toilet training the pup so when we go out we are putting paper down for him and I hadn’t had time to pick it up.wp-image-1603725053.

Thankfully my toddler had gone to bed without any problems. So I wrote my list, set my timer and off I started.

As you can see by my list they are simple chores to get done, nothing to time-consuming like organise cupboards or scrubbing floors. This is because 20 minutes might sound like a fair bit of time but when your actually doing the dash, time seems to go so quickly.

 

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After pictures

 

With both older children out and my youngest gone to bed it was quite nice to whip round and pick everything up without a child wanting something in between rooms. For the first time in a while I actually managed to complete my list. I started in one room, finished my jobs and moved on to the next until I had finished all three rooms.

It would be great if you could have a go at the 20 Minute Dash and let me know how you got on.

xx

 

20 Minute dash – Readers challenge

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It’s dash time again. I only realised yesterday that I’ve not uploaded a dash post for a while. However I want this 20 Minute dash to be a bit different.

I will do a quick run through of what a 20 Minute dash is.
Firstly pick 2/3 rooms that need a good tidy up. (This is not full on clean or organising)

After you have decided on your rooms, write a list of all the jobs that need doing in them. It doesn’t matter what you write your list on. Sometimes I use pen and paper, sometimes I write a list on my phone.

This is normally the time I take my ‘Before’ pictures.

Finally set your stopwatch/alarm for 20 Minutes and then…

GO GO GO!!!

See how many jobs you can get done within the 20 Minutes.

I like to have music on while I’m doing this so nothing catches my attention and distracts me. (This is very easily done)

After your 20 Minutes are up, go back to your list and cross off all the jobs you managed to complete, some people find it easier to do this as they go along, it’s your choice.

Lastly take pictures of the rooms after you have finished your dash.

These are the before and after pictures of my latest 20 Minute dash. You will notice in the ‘after’ pictures there is news paper on the floor, we are still toilet training the pup and he has a few accidents sometimes.

Also we had a bit of a miss-hap with the pup getting hold of wires and had to move an object in our living room. Can you see which object we had to move? If so leave me a comment and let me know.


The challenge I would like to set you is…
Have a go at your own 20 Minute dash, take before and after pictures and post them in the comments below or my other social media accounts.

How many rooms did you pick? Did you get all your jobs done?
It would be great to hear from you either on my Facebook page, Instagram or Twitter.
Search for @limpingmum and let me know what you thought of the challenge.

Xx

My Daily routine as a stay-at-home mum.

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When I first became a stay-at-home mum it was great and I loved it, I loved having so much time to spend with my children, I loved not having to rush around trying to get all my household jobs done before I went to bed as I wouldn’t have time in the morning.

However after a month or so it started getting boring as Ella was only a newborn and slept quite a lot of the time and I started to get really unorganised and the house turned into a mess. I decided I was going to change all of this and get myself organised and start a proper daily routine.

6am – I like to wake up early so I can enjoy my coffee and take my painkillers before the children get up. I also start a load of washing.

7am – I get the kids up and make them breakfast. Both of my older children have different school morning routines as they have different tasks that they do.

8.30am – My older children go to school, I am very lucky that my husband does the school run.

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Morning job list.

At this point me and Ella then head upstairs and get ready for the day. I get her dressed, I get dressed and do my skin care routine then I start my morning cleaning routine while I’m already upstairs and Ella plays in her bedroom.

9.30am – Ella will normally play for about 25/30 minutes when I’m finished we will head downstairs and she has a snack and I make a coffee. After this if we have any errands/ appointments/family visits we will start getting ready to head out of the door.

10am – If we are staying in for the day, I will get out an activity that I know will keep her busy for a little while so I can finish off my morning cleaning downstairs. If Ella has had enough playing and I’m not finished, she usually follows me around and helps me with my jobs.

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Activity time

10.30am – We have Mummy and me playtime, Ella gets 100% of my attention and we go into the playroom and play with her toys, building blocks, play dough or we go and play in the garden if it is a nice day.

11.30am – Ella has lunch.  I like to give Ella an early lunch because she still naps during the day and by the time she wakes it is too late for her eat lunch.

12pm – Since Ella was little we got into the routine of reading her a story before she goes down for a sleep.

Ella sleeps from 12pm to 2pm.

During this time I tidy up this mornings toys and activities, reboot the washing machine and make myself some lunch.

12.30pm – I have to rest my leg for at least an hour a day. When I rest my leg it has to be elevated higher than my hips. This is when I catch up on any programmes I have recorded, I also like to read my magazines or my kindle. Napping is also an option on the cards some days.

2pm – Most days I have to go and wake Ella, If I don’t wake her up at this time it is a lot harder to get her to bed later.

2.30pm – Ella has a snack and we play together until the older children come home.

3.30pm – The older children get home, empty their bags, letters and water bottles are placed on the kitchen side and they go get changed out of their uniforms.

4pm – Twice a week they have homework to complete, not on the same days. so we sit at the table and I help when it is needed.

4.30pm – I start dinner, normally on a school night I tend to cook a simple dinner. The children have free play until dinner is ready.

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Free play time

5pm – The children eat dinner. Ella is a very picky eater and it can be difficult to get her to eat a whole meal so I tend to eat later after she has gone to bed.

5.30pm – After dinner my children have a bath or shower. They don’t have a bath every night. One night my son will have a shower and the next night my daughters will have a bath.

6.30pm – Ella still has a bottle of milk before she goes to bed, I take this time to sit with her and read her a story.

7pm – Ella goes to bed and the older children get free time, at this point they are allowed to spend some time on their laptops.

After Ella goes to bed, the hubby will start dinner while I tidy up and put everything away.

8pm – Kira will go to bed and Callum will read a book for 30 minutes. Our dinner is normally ready by now.

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Tonight’s dinner

8.30pm – Callum goes to bed and I will tidy up after dinner and turn on the dishwasher.

9pm – I take my make up off, jump in the shower and relax for the rest of the night.

This is my week day routine, our weekend routine is a lot more relaxed. Since having this routine in place I have found I feel better, my home is more organised and my children seem to behave a bit better.

I would love for you to leave me a comments and let me know if you liked this post and would like to see more on routines.

xx

Speed cleaning – 20 minute dash.

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Hey. Its 20 Minute dash time again. Last time I tackled the downstairs rooms, so this time I thought I would do our bedrooms.

Thankfully the rooms were not too bad. Our house has three bedrooms, as much as I would love to give my girls their own bedrooms we just can not afford it, which means they have to share. This is the bedroom that generally gets the messiest and take most time to keep tidy. My son has what we call ‘The box room’ he can’t really fit much into it, even his wardrobe has to be in the girls room as it will not fit in his, so its easy for his room to look a mess. My room tends to look like this until the older children go to school and then I go up and tidy it.

This is what our rooms looked like before my 20 Minute dash.

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Bedrooms before 20 Minute dash

So my list for the upstairs is…

  • Make all the beds.
  • Open the windows.
  • Collect all the dirty washing. ( I tend to just throw it all down the stairs into a pile)
  • Tidy all the toys.
  • Tidy/declutter all the sides and shelves.
  • Fold clothes and close wardrobe door and draw.
  • Dust the surfaces.
  • Vacuuming.

With a toddler in tow, I set my alarm and off I went. I Know it may be harsh but I put the toddler in her bedroom to play (behind a locked baby gate) while I tackled the other two rooms. I started in my sons room as it’s the smallest and quickly moved into my room. I love having a made bed, It just seems to make the room look so much better. There was not really much to do in my room, I left the worst room to last as I knew it would take me the longest. (Leaving the baby gate locked so she couldn’t attack the other rooms) I started on the girls room and everything was taking twice as long because the toddler was trying to help. In the end I gave her a cloth and asked her to help dust the wardrobe door.

I managed to get everything done apart from the vacuuming, which I finished after the timer went off but it only took a minute or two as I have a Cordless handheld vacuum, it helps to move from one room to another without the cord getting in the way.

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Bedrooms after 20 Minute dash.

This is how the rooms looked after I had finished the 20 Minute dash.

It would be great to hear from you about any cleaning challenges you set yourself.

xx

 

Friday 20 Minute dash – speed cleaning

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A little while ago I was introduced into the world of youtube  by my daughter, she showed me all these great videos of people recording their daily life and I was hooked.  I like to watch mummy vlogs, I watched so many ‘Daily routines’, ‘Cleaning routines’, ‘Speed cleaning’ and ‘Power hour’ videos. I loved them and decided to try it for myself,  well it was a big fat fail as after 30/40 minutes I was in so much pain with my leg I had to stop. It was quite depressing that I actually couldn’t do it so I decided to modify it a bit, I know that doing 30 minutes was too much and would cause me pain so I decided I would try a 20 minute dash instead, This worked great, I could do these twice a week if needed and it wouldn’t cause me that much pain.

so this is where were at now. I always do a 20 minute dash on a Friday evening, normally when the children have gone to bed but on this occasion as its half term they were still awake.

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I have come to realise that 20 minutes actually is not that long and time goes very quickly. I try to get 2 rooms done and a few little tasks/jobs done within that 20 minutes.

My list this time was as follows:

  • Tidy the toys in the living room.
  • Pick up all the washing.
  • Put a load of washing on.
  • Dust in the living room.
  • Empty the dishwasher.
  • Reload the dishwasher
  • Clear and wipe down the sides in the kitchen.
  • Water the plants.
  • Take the rubbish out.

I set my timer for 20 minutes and off I went, I started in the living room as this is where most of the toys where and I find once all the toys are put away its much easier to actually clean, once that was done I moved around the rooms collecting all the items to go into the dishwasher and picking up clothes to go into the washing machine. I like to keep the kitchen clean as much as I can but hubby had cooked dinner that night, he is a great cook but he is also a messy cook, After the kitchen was done, I went around and done the little jobs like putting the washing on, watering the plants, taking the rubbish out and dusting.

While I was doing my 20 minute dash I had a toddler joining me, she loves to help me and we turn it into a game.

I actually managed to get all of my jobs done this time. I have a habit of making a big list and not getting it all done in the dash. Below are the pictures of the rooms after I had finished the dash.

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I would love for you to leave me a comment  below or upload a picture of your 20 minute dash/power hour. Let me know if there is anything you would like me to cover in my next blog post. xx