May 14, 2012

If Mom (and this Dad) Had Three Minutes

Three minutes. If my math is correct, that’s 180 seconds. That’s not a lot of time. I mean, it takes me at least 15 minutes to get out of bed in that morning so three measly minutes is like the blink of an eye.

And it would be ludicrous to me if someone suggested that I could actually clean in three minutes time. Are you kidding? It take me three minutes to survey the clutter to decide what can get put away and what can get shoved under the coffee table (Honey, if you’re reading this, don’t look under the coffee table).

But the fine folks at Clorox set out to prove me wrong. Three minutes is enough time to do some serious cleaning. They even created a cute cartoon-themed e-book called, If Mom Had Three Minutes that highlights some creative ways to spend three minutes.

After reading this e-book I realized that I’m pretty darn creative with getting my kids to do my work for me encouraging my kids to clean.  In fact, if you give a six-year-old a baby wipe and tell him to go to town on door jams and light switches, he will think you gave him the keys to the car.  A squirt bottle with water and vinegar and a wash cloth bestowed upon a six year old also works just great.  Bonus points if you break out the stopwatch and see how fast he can get it done.  (Or is that just my kid?)

Anyway, go check out the e-book and let me know what you think.  Because, lord knows, we could all use three minutes.

Disclosure: I am being compensated by The Clorox Company to talk about my favorite time-saving, multi-tasking tip(s) as part of the If Mom Had Three Minutes program. 


  1. I appreciate Clorox trying to reach out to their target demo, but doesn’t this bug you a bit that it’s all “mom”? No offense, but I thought this is one of the things that you usually rail against. It just seems out of place for you.

    Comment by Nancy at Spinning My Plates — May 15, 2012 @ 10:08 am

  2. The cold/flu/crap season was so bad at Ane’s school this year that I took it upon myself to keep her classroom well stocked with wipes. I *think* it helped, since she only caught one cold and not the stomach flu.

    Comment by Deanna — May 18, 2012 @ 9:54 am

  3. I would love to have the kids visit more often, I need free labor.

    Comment by Grandmother — May 24, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

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