For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not of yourselves it is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Saturday, July 5, 2008

5-10 minutes tasks

Struggling to keep you home neat and tidy? Run out of time to do everything you have to do or wish to do. Well that's me. Here is a tip that I read somewhere a few year ago which has helped keep a reasonably decent home and accomplish things that would not get done otherwise.

5-10 minutes tasks.

As you go about your day look for tasks that you can accomplish in 5-10 minutes and do them.

Here are a few examples:

  • Wipe something: microwave, fridge, kitchen counter, bathroom sink, toilet ....

  • Dust something around the house: desk, TV, TV stand, furniture, artificial flowers ....

  • Sweep or vacuum one spot in your house

  • Clear the dishrack (we do not have a dishwasher and I hate drying so the dishes are left to dry on the dishrack)

  • Go through a pile of paper

  • As you walk around in your house, if you see something out of order, pick it up and put it back where it belongs (you can have the kids practice that one by calling them to do it if it belongs to them. This applies to the floor, the dresser, tables, kitchen counter

  • Go through a drawer or a cupboard

  • Clean the basebaords

  • Clean up cobwebs you see

  • Write a thank you note

  • Make a to do list

  • Say a prayer for your child, your husband, a friend

  • Read a devotional or article

  • Clip coupons

  • Put away clothes

  • Read an extra book to your child

Do not try to do all of these at the same time or on the same day. The whole point is that they get done at different intervals, so that your main task still take the priority and one other task at a time.

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