Or­gan­ised house­work mum who is clean­ing up on­line

Stockport Express - - Citizens Advice - EMMA GILL

Gemma was even in­vited onto Good Morn­ing Bri­tain to talk about it.

Each day has its own fo­cus room, and these never change.

The pat­tern goes: Mon­day - liv­ing room Tues­day - bed­rooms Wed­nes­day - hall­way and stairs Thurs - kitchen Fri­days - fo­cus­ing on a dif­fer­ent area each week in an eight-week cy­cle

Now a mum-of-three, Gemma said: “I started the method 12 years ago af­ter my el­dest child was born. I was strug­gling to keep on top of ev­ery­thing in the house and look af­ter a new­born, so I cre­ated the method which en­abled me to get ev­ery­thing done but still have lots of time left­over to en­joy my new baby.

“I sat at my kitchen ta­ble and drew it up on a piece of pa­per and stuck in to my fridge and I have fol­lowed it ever since.

“Es­sen­tially TOMM is an ef­fi­cient way to keep on top of ev­ery­thing at home. We work in 30 minute chunks daily Mon to Fri­day. Week­ends are kept house­work free so you can en­joy your time off with­out hav­ing to do a mam­moth clean at the week­end.”

The Fri­day Fo­cus room al­ter­nates each week, and gets a deep clean - the idea be­ing that it elim­i­nates the need for spring cleans and ‘makes sure your house just keeps on get­ting cleaner.’

Now liv­ing in Kent, Gemma is orig­i­nally from Al­trin­cham where she at­tended Al­trin­cham Girls’ Gram­mar and worked in her fam­ily’s fish and chip shops, Ad­mi­rals in Hale Barns and shops in Stock­port, Stret­ford and Chea­dle Hulme.

Be­fore hav­ing chil­dren she owned chip shops her­self, in Suf­folk, and it was while still work­ing 12-hour days there that she first started TOMM - do­ing 15 min­utes in the morn­ing and 15 min­utes at night.

It’s taken off so much that re­cently it be­came her job - with rev­enue from spon­sor­ship and col­lab­o­ra­tions with brands so that she can keep the method free for peo­ple to down­load.

She said: “I never re­ally ex­pected it to take off, in fact I fol­lowed TOMM pri­vately for years and it was only a cou­ple of years ago, one New Year’s Eve, when my kids dared me to start an In­sta­gram page all about it. I took them up on their dare.

“It re­ally struck a chord and peo­ple started to share the method and it re­ally gained trac­tion quickly. I first no­ticed it was start­ing to make some waves last Christ­mas when I was asked to go on Good Morn­ing Bri­tain to talk about it.”

Gemma, mar­ried to Mike, 41, and mum to Tom, 12, Jonny, nine, and three­year-old Ben, puts part of the suc­cess down to the team spirit that comes with TOMM.

●●Gemma Bray

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