By contributing writer Angie
I don’t know if you’re guilty of this like I am, but I put off even small tasks. When it’s finally time that I absolutely must do them, I’m shocked to find that they really didn’t take as long as I thought. Just today, I quickly did three tasks I had been putting off only to find that just ten minutes had passed. It left me wondering, “Why had I put them off so long?”
I have previously shared here at The Happy Housewife about 15 ways to get more organized in 10 minutes or less. This time, I’m tackling some five minute or less tasks.
8 Tasks that Take 5 Minutes or Less
1. Sort mail. You may not be able to do this in five minutes or less if you’ve been piling it up for weeks. However, even if you have a few days worth of mail, you should be able to figure out pretty quickly what to file away, what will need your attention later, and what needs to go in the trash.
2. Clean kitchen or bathroom surfaces. While five minutes isn’t long enough for a good, deep cleaning, it really is enough time to get out your favorite cleaner and wipe down surfaces.
3. Dust one room. Again, this isn’t a deep cleaning project. Grab a dusting cloth and go to town wiping every surface. If you have a ton of knick knacks, this might not be possible as a five minute task. However, you might consider streamlining things a little to enjoy more clear surface area.
4. Pay a bill. Because I pay bills online, I could actually pay several bills and record them in less than five minutes. Even if you hand write checks, however, you should be able to do at least one in fives minutes.
5. Unload your dishwasher. This is one of those tasks that I always try to put off and am surprised at how quickly it actually goes if I look at the clock before I start and when I finish. As a matter of fact, doing that makes me go even a little faster than usual.
6. Water house plants. If you have house plants, this can be a quick task that’s easy to put off. Avoid those moments of dread when you see your plants looking sad and droopy. Take a few minutes to do some watering.
7. Take out the trash. Have your family members been pushing the trash down in the can as hard as they can because it’s too full? Take a few minutes and take it out.
8. Plan a meal. Plan at least one meal from the contents of your refrigerator, freezer, and/or pantry. If you think quickly on your feet, you might be able to plan several meals. Even if it’s only just one, however, it’s a great idea to try to use up things you already have on hand.
What are some quick tasks that you can get done around your house in five minutes or less?
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