If you know me very well, you know that I love the timer.  I use it for everything.  I’m a little obsessed with it.  I think it’s magic!!!  Here’s why:

Magically done and not burnt:  The most obvious use of the timer in a kitchen is to time things baking or cooking on the stove.  From experience I’ve learned that if I fail to use the timer, I will blacken my poor pot yet again (oops)–amazing how resilient it’s been.  Usually it’s a matter of getting a bit distracted.  I turn on the stove and go check facebook or go clean the subbasement.  When I come back upstairs, my smeller quickly reminds me that I was cooking (oops).  So, if there is no operator error involved, timer steps up when food is done not burnt.

The timer works wonders in sleep training and timeouts.  The kids know that if they are in time out they can’t come back downstairs until they hear the timer chirping.  It’s precise.  When my babies are sleep training,  I set the timer knowing that I just gave myself permission to let my baby cry for x # of minutes.  I feel like the baby senses the timer and falls asleep nearly every time right before the timer goes off–maybe I’m forgetting about my numerous rescue hero returnsto the room stunts for a bouncing, rocking, swaying fun????….at any rate it also assures the forgetful part of me that I’m not just going to forget about my crying child upstairs.  (I can’t hear the crying in some parts of the house, but if the timer continues to go off until I turn it off and I hear little boy blue I should probably go and at least try to comfort him). 

Note:  Now that my baby is older, he hardly ever cries going to sleep but if I do set the timer and he’s cried longer than 5 minutes-he’s not going to sleep–something else must be ailing him.  Hurray for ever improving abilities to communicate.   He can sign to me if he’s hungry or thirsty.  I need to teach him the sign for-I’m getting a tooth and my gums are rather sore.  🙂

Magically clean in 15 minutes:  I love the fly lady 15 minute strategy-you can accomplish a whole lot in 15 minutes-set the timer and clean like mad for 15 minutes and see your kitchen shine etc.  We do timed white tornadoes (a hurry and clean up as much as you can).  The kids think that cleaning is far more fun when they are racing the clock.  On the flip side, we have also used the timer as a threat…ie you have 5 minutes and if these things aren’t cleaned up…they will be confiscated!    

Our timer has served us well and I plan to continue to benefit from it’s magic.  It’s magic is limited however….I need to come up with another system to remind me to turn off curling irons before church (I’ve come home a couple of Sundays to a hot curling iron–fire hazard????).  It doesn’t work so well in helping one find keys either!  What do you use your magic timer for?