Kick Off A Cleaning Spree With The ’10 Things’ Rule

Kick Off A Cleaning Spree With The ’10 Things’ Rule

When you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel for motivation, even simple things like cleaning the house can seem overwhelming. This mental trick can turn a quick tidying session into a full on cleaning frenzy.

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No matter how big or small a task is, getting started is everything. That’s why Apartment Therapy commenter BadSeed1980 came up with the “10 Things” cleaning rule. The premise is simple: Start picking up items, folding clothes, putting dishes away or organising things around you until you’ve taken care of the first 10 things that meet your eye. You don’t prioritise anything or make any lists — you just go. At its best, this trick will turn 10 things into a full-on cleaning spree, and you won’t want to stop after getting into a groove. At its worst, you stop after 10 things, but you still made a little progress toward getting things tidied up. You can always pick it back up tomorrow with another round of 10 things.

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