When your list of to-dos is endless but your time is limited, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Sometimes we don’t have the luxury of dedicating a day, a week or a month to the task of maintaining our homes. This list of 49 Quick Household Tasks That Take 15 minutes or Less will help you stay on top of the stuff that needs staying on top off!
I know I am not alone right now in feeling that my home and all it’s ‘stuff’ have really gotten the better of me. Like many of you, this summer has been one chock full of travel, entertaining and good times. Oh, and yeah, we are also trying to sell our home, move my parents and prepare my son to go away to college…like next week.
While a great deal of fun, it also meant that we would come home, unpack, do laundry, repack and hit the road again or completely pivot to help my parents move or organize for college. All good and wonderful, but it meant the little bits and bobs of life got stored where they don’t belong or were completely neglected along the way.
When I recently landed home for an extended period of time, I was a bit paralyzed when I thought of everything that needed attention…from the yard to the fridge and all things in between.
I am typically of the ‘Go Big or Go Home’ mindset when I undertake a project. You might remember that 2 years ago we spent the month of January clearing our home of clutter (over 1,000 pounds of clutter I might add). We dove in with both feet, and with a single-minded focus that was perfectly suited for the cold and dreary January days.
However, I don’t have the luxury of clearing my calendar right now, nor I expect, do many of you.
So what do we do when the list of to-dos is seemingly endless and our time to focus on them is limited? We just chip away, in little bits, ultimately making the progress that we need to make.
I brainstormed these quick household tasks, that could take 15-minutes or less, that I could do while dinner was cooking or while I had 15 minutes before I had to leave the house for an appointment or if I was waiting for a repairman to arrive or to just allocate throughout the day. And while I tasked myself with trying to find chores that could be done within 15 minutes, surely you could spend as much time as you have.
And I have to tell you, just doing a few of these quick household tasks each day has really helped me feel a little more in control of my world.
Some of these, like #22-#24, can be done while sitting in traffic, filling your car with gas or if arriving early for an appointment.
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And a few of these quick household tasks, like #45-#47, I will set a timer for. When I sit down at the computer, it’s so easy to get sucked in to the time black hole and not emerge again for hours, so I set a timer (actually, I tell Alexa on my little Echo Dot to set a timer) for 10-15 minutes (or however much time I have) so that I stay on task and don’t end up down some rabbit hole watching videos of Twiggy the water-skiing squirrel. Don’t EVEN tell me you’ve never been down that hole! ( I think I heard that Twiggy was ‘retiring’ or has ‘retired’ but I’m not sure and don’t want to find out because then I’ll have to see if there is an understudy squirrel waiting in the wings…and I might never resurface.)
So, here’s my list of 49 Quick Household Tasks That Take 15 Minutes or Less and help me stay sane and feel productive. And as always, I’d love for you to chime in with your suggestions! What are some of your go-to quick household tasks?
And once again, if you have some quick household tasks that you are willing to share, please pass them on!
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