Sometimes the business of blogging dovetails perfectly with the business of life. My advertising partner, Federated Media, contacted me about participating in a Pine-Sol-sponsored conversation about household tips. Just that morning I stumbled onto this tip and was planning to write it up. I love it when that happens. — Asha
I stumbled onto a productivity-slash-cleaning tip while I was making my morning oatmeal:
Accomplish quick cleaning tasks in the time it takes the microwave to cook or reheat your food.
Typically, you cook or reheat something in the microwave for five minutes or less. Rather than stare at the timer as it counts down the seconds (surely I’m not the only one who does this?), use the built-in time limit as a challenge to knock off a quick cleaning or decluttering job.
Some ideas for tasks you could complete in a minute or two:
- De-crumb your cutlery drawer.
- Wipe down a single refrigerator shelf.
- Consolidate all the pens and pencils into a single drawer.
- Grab a bag and empty all of the wastebaskets in your house.
- Shred the junk mail covering your desk.
- Decide on tomorrow night’s dinner.
During the four minutes while my oatmeal cooked, I emptied the dishwasher, decluttered the countertops, and took out the recycling. It’s amazing what you can accomplish in small bits of time.
Just think: in the time it takes to cook breakfast or reheat your coffee for the umpteenth time, your house will be tidier, and you’ll get the satisfaction of completing a job.
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