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The timer is a great idea. When my kids were small(er) I would set it for 3 minutes & have a race to see how much we could all get done. Toys, their rooms, etc. When the timer rang, we were done. You wouldn't believe how much can be done in 3 minutes!!
Thanks for the cool info.!
Also, I love the flylady. She's is too cool.
I use the "machines" tip everyday - washer/dryer, vacuum, dishwasher, et al. I also set the kitchen timer for 45 minutes and clean as fast as I can/as much as I can. Sort of excercise and cleaning at same time - and there is an END to it!
If you like things like this you should also check out http://www.flylady.net (I am not affiliated with her) but she totally rocks!