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Easy Cleaning During Commercials

We all have very busy weeks and it is hard to find time to clean. By doing easy cleaning during commercials, we can slow our pace and still accomplish a cleaning task if we set our overall goal for the day in a realistic way.

When you live with fibromyalgia or any other chronic condition, cleaning can be difficult. We tend to power clean at a manic pace on a good day and then pay for it the rest of the week. The advantage to easy cleaning during commercials is that you do not sit too long getting stiff. We all need to move a bit to not lock up our muscles and joints. We also then do not spend too much time on a task. Exercise is an important aspect to managing fibromyalgia and cleaning is most definitely a form of exercise. I often cleaned using this method pre-fibromyalgia and it helped break down my cleaning even then.

Click on the worksheet to get access to it in the free resource library!

Getting Back to What I Used to Do

I needed some soul searching on how to get back to cleaning like I used to. My husband and I needed some time to blend our styles. He is a channel changer and there are no commercial breaks during TV. When I was single, I was used to using commercial time to do something else. It actually took the COVID Quarantine the time needed for me to realize that is what had happened. During the Quarantine, we have spent more time apart on TV shows as we have different tastes. This gave me my aha moment again on cleaning and the house is in much better shape.

My hubby does love this post as I was doing a lot of cleaning. That was until I over cleaned on Wednesday and kicked in my fibromyalgia symptoms. Cleaning too much and not spacing it out like a recommended, just so that I could do this post is an example of a trade off that I should not have done. I did end up with a full body migraine due to pushing too hard. I need to do what I say!

Can I really do easy cleaning during commercials?

There are two ways you can tackle easy cleaning during commercials in order to see if it is possible. One of those is to start with the kitchen and a TV near the kitchen and do small tasks that eventually get the kitchen clean during your favorite movie. I have done this on a Saturday and even did some of the deeper cleaning, just much slower. It took a couple of movies to do it, but in the end the kitchen was sparkling.

Easy Cleaning During Commercials - timingAnother way that you can structure this is to get an overall idea of how long cleaning tasks take while you are doing cleaning the way that you normally do. You can time a task using a stopwatch and find out how long it really does take and what type of energy level it took. Then you can create a cleaning plan.

It Is Surprising How Fast Cleaning Is

Kitchen

When you break cleaning into small tasks, it is surprising how fast each task is without going at a fast pace. An example of some kitchen cleaning tasks would be:

Cleaning TaskMinutesEnergy Needed
Washing Dishes10Low
Unload Dishwasher5Low
Wiping down counters2Low
Sweep floor3Medium
Mop floor4Medium

Easy Cleaning During Commercials - kid washing dishesI have examples of how I did my task timings in my freebie library. You can sign up for the free password at the bottom of this post. In this example, there was a stack of pots and pans from dinner last night. I started cleaning them during a commercial but kept cleaning as the movie started again as it was a familiar movie and I could hear it from the kitchen. I could then sit and take a break until the next commercial. If a particular task took more energy out of me, I would sit a bit longer.

Unloading the dishwasher took more than a commercial break as it was 5 minutes. But who says that I have to get it all done immediately, when it can be done with breaks?

For me, the floor mopping is an easy medium task as the kitchen is small and I use a steam mop. That way I do not have to lug a bucket of water anywhere. When I do deep cleaning, I may do that and time it differently.

Laundry

Laundry is a good task to do during commercials or when doing other things. If you do 1 – 2 loads of laundry a day, then it does not stack up and is easier to put away. Here is an example of laundry tasks.

Cleaning TaskMinutesEnergy Needed
Going to laundry room, move washer clothes to dryer, start both washer and dryer, return hamper to closet2.5Low
Folding/Hanging 1 load and putting another in5Low
Putting away 1 load of laundry5Low

Easy Cleaning During Commercials - laundryAs I only put away 1 load of laundry and did it for each load, the basket was much lighter than when I stack it up for a power laundry day. It was so much easier to carry upstairs. If stairs are hard for you, then the energy for this task may be much higher. For laundry, you may need to stop your show for a bit but then you can put your feet up for a long time before the next load is ready.

Family Room

The family room is easy on tasks until we add deep cleaning. The general tasks are:

Cleaning TaskMinutesEnergy Needed
Dust7Low
Vacuum floor7High

Easy Cleaning During Commercials - vacuumVacuuming is often one of the first tasks that a doctor takes away from you if you are having back problems and that is why it is listed as a high task. Also, if the dusting requires a ladder or a bending, then that could increase the energy level needed.

You can also see that dusting and vacuuming that larger room is 7 minutes. Once again, you can break that up and only dust or vacuum what you can during a commercial break and return to it on another break.

Bathroom

Bathroom cleaning can be very high on energy and is a good example of a room that you may need to clean over a long time period in order to get the breaks you need. I found these tasks to be harder and you can see that in this example:

Cleaning TaskMinutesEnergy Needed
Toilet Bowl Cleaner and take things off of vanity2Low
Spray vanity, swish toilet, clean vanity4Low
Wipe down vanity items, replace, remove anything on top of toilet3Low
Remove anything from bathtub and/or shower1Low
Bathtub spray and clean 5Medium
Clean outside of toilet, floor nearby, wall toilet height, remove rugs5High
Spray shower1Low
Clean shower6High
Clean shower fixtures and door6High
Sweep floor2Medium
Mop floor2Medium
Clean mirror, shine vanity fixtures, wipe and replace items4Low

In this example, the bathtub is easier than the shower. That is because for our bathrooms, the shower is our main daily bathing and the bathtub is for soaking and used less. Sometimes, it just needs dusted. But there is still a lot of movement to make it more than a low.

It also helps clean the bathtub and/or shower if you have a long handled scrub brush so that you do not have to bend or reach as much.

When you clean the full outside of the toilet and the area around it, you have to be on the floor. That makes it a high energy task for me and I need a long break after doing that.

Except for those harder, longer tasks there are a lot of little things that can be done during a commercial break. It may take you longer to clean the bathroom but by breaking it up, hopefully you can still do it.

More Examples?

There are more examples in my freebie resource library. You can get the password to this library by signing up at the bottom of the post. In that I cover my examples for the entry, dining room, and master bedroom. I still need to tackle the basement.

Click on the worksheet to get access to it in the free resource library!

Time Tasks for Cleaning Negotiation

Another good reason to time tasks and find what can be done during commercial breaks is to negotiate that other family members help with the tasks. Maybe you can sell the larger bathroom tasks if you say you will do all the others.

I have the times that it took me in my example in my freebie library. You can get the password to the library by signing up at the end of the post. I also have a blank worksheet that you can use for your own timings. You can also use some of my times to challenge them that a Nana with Fibromyalgia can do it faster than them 😊

Easy Cleaning During Commercials

With tracking some timings or just going for cleaning during commercials, you will see with time that the house looks better. I hope that you can keep up with things by going slow and doing a bit at a time.

These Easy Cleaning During Commercial timings can be used to create a weekly cleaning plan that cleans a bit daily.

I hope to capture some of my deep cleaning tasks over time so that I can plan weekend cleaning that needs to be done monthly or seasonally.

How do you tackle cleaning? Do you have other recommendations?

Whatever you do, do you!

Not Crazy Nana

 

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Not Crazy Nana

Not Crazy Nana

Diana is a Mother, Wife, Nana, Full-Time Project Manager, Crafter, Athlete, and most of all a WARRIOR! She copes with Fibromyalgia while still doing more than many people her age. Diana has always been a Jane of All Trades and loves to share what she has learned.
Not Crazy Nana

Not Crazy Nana

Diana is a Mother, Wife, Nana, Full-Time Project Manager, Crafter, Athlete, and most of all a WARRIOR! She copes with Fibromyalgia while still doing more than many people her age. Diana has always been a Jane of All Trades and loves to share what she has learned.