15 minutes of energy = a giveaway

Tomorrow I hit 14 weeks of pregnancy. And while that means by every measure possible I am out of the first trimester it also means a few things I need to do now that I actually have more energy than a coma patient, including, but not limited to:

  • Learning about pregnancy
  • Learning about babies and children
  • Actually cleaning my apartment and learning to actually do things like a functioning adult again

Of those, the third seems like the most reasonable/possible to accomplish, and just my luck the ladies at The Color Coded Life and My Mommy Madness gave me the motivation and jumpstart I needed. FINE, adulthood, I WILL TRY.

The challenge is simple: set a timer for 15 minutes and tackle a project or cleaning project you’ve wanted to get to for a while. See how much you can accomplish. When I realized that 15 minutes is Pitbull and Ke$ha’s “Timber” almost exactly 4 times on repeat, the challenge was not only feasible, it was ON.

Recently my spare closet had gotten a little cluttered and while eventually this will be the baby closet, I figured that getting it back into shape would make that transition go from “overwhelming holycrapamIreallyhavingababywhatamIdoing” to just plain old “holycrapamIreallyhavingababywhatamIdoing”. It’s the little things that we call progress.


It turns out that I had amassed a ton of folders into which I had randomly stuffed a ton of my files or documents before I had a file folder labeled and organized. I kept moving them from apartment to apartment and 15 minutes was the perfect amount of time to empty those binders, throw away any useless papers, and generally give it some peace of mind. For example, some of the items I found were:

  • A booklet of Chicago Zone 74 parking day parking permits, expired June 31, 2013. I moved out of Chicago May 28, 2013.
  • My pet permit from my building in Chicago
  • “How to read food labels” from my food allergy doctor
  • A binder of recipes I had collected that universally turned out horribly and can be found on this newfangled thing called “The Internet”
  • A binder of work notes I had abandoned 2 years ago that served 0 purpose even when I had them and they were up to date

Clearly, this needed to get sorted.

Here is a picture of the papers that ended up getting recycled. Yikes. Ew. I’m a mess.

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Second, a big ole pile of sheets and spare linens for guests had gotten a little annoying and so I decided to pretty them up, put up all my tableware/linens in my “entertaining” bucket and get rid of the sheets that were disgusting, old, and had a big rip in them.

Is it perfect? No. Is it better? Sure, why not? However, finally taking the time to realize that 15 minutes could sort through a billion stray papers was a big eye-opener.

So what does this all mean? If you do the same 15-minute challenge you can not only do something with the 15 minutes it takes to listen to Timber 4 times, you can win cleaning things.

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Here’s what you do. It’s easy. You can enter one of two ways.

  1. Enter here.
  2. Tweet/Facebook/Instagram with the hashtag #15toclean and get additional entries

The winner will get a basket filled with cleaning supplies and a $20 gift certificate to Target. The drawing is on April 17th.

Good luck, and good cleaning. I can feel adulthood calling…but then there’s always more Funfetti cake, too…

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