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

 

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