A savvy mum has worked out how to never spend more than half an hour cleaning a day by splitting it room by room.
Gemma Bray, 39, has helped millions of people with her hacks on how to blitz the housework during the week and give yourself the weekend off.
The mum, from Manchester, who lives in Sevenoaks, Kent, has gained a huge following after coining The Organised Mum Method, known as TOMM by her fans.
Gemma is a firm believer that “there’s more to life than housework” and teaches her fans how to save time on unnecessary cleaning.
She first came up with the hack after giving birth to her first child and finding herself wasting hours cleaning the new mess created by the youngster.
When the obsession with tidiness began taking over her life, the mum sat down and decided to come up with a way to compartmentalise her chores.
It wasn’t until her 14-year-old son Tom encouraged her to share the method publicly that she posted it on Instagram.
At that time, ‘cleanfuencers’ were a rare phenomenon and the social media platform was mainly made up of lifestyle and fashion content.
“I said to Thomas, ‘I’m going to rock up with my mop and everyone’s going to be like “what’s this woman talking about?”’ but I gave it a go,” Gemma told The Sun.
TOMM involves an eight-week rolling rota, with set jobs for Monday to Thursday and the weekends off.
Monday deals with the living room, Tuesday the bedrooms, Wednesday the hallway and Thursday the kitchen.
On Friday, you go “one level deeper” by tackling any dirt and dust under furniture and having a declutter, Gemma says.
The mum-of-three says the method means home-makers never find themselves overwhelmed with completely unmanageable mess.
In addition, Gemma recommends spending 10 to 15 minutes every day cleaning the toilet and sink, vacuuming the most used areas and doing a load of laundry.
And the ‘cleanfluencer’ recommends followers avoid thinking about it as one big 30-minute task.
You can even split the chores into smaller chunks and get it done that way, she says.
“Think of it as three 10-minute chunks or even just one-song bursts throughout the day,” Gemma said.
“If you’re working from home, set your timer to go off every hour, then get up and quickly do something for the length of a song. We have a daily playlist to make it more fun”.
She added: “If you’re worried you’re spending too much time cleaning, I would say to trust the method. It’s free so you’ve got nothing to lose by giving it a go.”