Tool For Tuesday: Always Start Cleaning From The Exact Same Corner

In keeping with the relatively new tradition (begun five minutes ago) of providing you with a Tool for Tuesday, here’s a simple, effective tool to help you make this your best chapter.

It’s a little thing that is really a big thing.

First, the history: With six kids, when we invited one guest – just one! – we had nine (9!)  people around the dinner table. Clean-up got overwhelming. The kitchen was tornado-ville. I’d look around and not know where to begin. So I decided that no matter what, when I started to clean, I’d always start from the left corner of the kitchen and work my way around.

So simple yet ground-breaking! And that kept me focused and happy. It gave me a routine. (So important!) I could put on the music (another tool coming up next) and get the work done.

Always start cleaning from the exact same corner. This provides, as Stuart, from thechangeyourlife blog pointed out, a formula. It works like a — well, magic formula. You avoid indecision. You save time wondering where to begin. And you get efficient at doing your task. Then you’re following a template, an easy routine.

What do you think? Let me know if this works for you. And you can use it in any room of the house by the way. Even the garage.

Readers, you’re welcomed — encouraged, even — to send in a photo of the corner you’ve chosen as your starting point!

About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.
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4 Responses to Tool For Tuesday: Always Start Cleaning From The Exact Same Corner

  1. stuartart says:

    Seriously! That is brilliant. What you are doing is creating a formula. How often do we look at our house when it needs a clean and say to ourselves ‘Oh God, where do I start?’ Well you’ve just created a ‘start’ point. Then, the first time you do it using the formula and it works you now know that every time in the future it’ll work too. Superb observation. Thanks for that. 🙂

    • dianabletter says:

      Thank you, Stuart! You are right – it’s creating a formula for ourselves — you could call it a template — that is efficient, a time-saver, and one that works.
      Send a photo of which corner of the room — or your yard — you decided to start on!

  2. Anonymous says:

    diane, off the subject.. just read note by our class historian Mikey Keller…. want to come to the book signing….. i ride a hog but your story looks tres cool…. what a great endeavor… im planning a trip with my brother, nephew and into montana rent bikes and head west to wash,oregon,etc……. Paul Marcy

    • dianabletter says:

      Hey Paul! Thanks so much for writing me. Your trip sounds cool. What kind of hog do you ride? My husband rides a softail and I want to get a sportster 883 – i sold my bmw. Send a photo and I’ll add it to my blog! Hope all is good with you. Let me know what’s up, diana

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