Time-saving tips

I consistently have about four hours each weekday when I’m not working or sleeping. Subtract an hour out of that for dinner, and I’m left with just a few hours a day of free time. If you’re like me, the last thing you want to do with those three hours is chores.

I’ve mentioned before that in our house we do about 30 minutes of chores a night, and we try to focus at least 15 of those minutes on one specific room doing more intensive activities. (Monday=living room, Tuesday=bedroom/laundry, Wednesday=kitchen/dining room, etc.) This routine keeps us from having to spend our weekend cleaning the house and also means that our house is usually clean enough to have people over without worries.

I’m always looking for time saving tips, though, because if I spend more than 30 minutes in an evening doing chores I get cranky. I’m constantly asking people I meet what they do to save time on chores. How do they get everything they need to do, well, done?

Most everyone agrees on a few basic principles:

  1. The less stuff you have to get messy, the less time you have to spend picking up messes.
  2. If you can afford to have a cleaning service come in once or twice a month to do the intense toilet and floor scrubbing, it can help immensely. (I don’t currently have a cleaning service, but I’m seriously considering it.)
  3. If you get something out, put it back when you’re done.

I’ve discovered some other great advice from the people I’ve asked and I wanted to share some of it with you. Please, if you have valuable advice of your own, add it to the comments! I think all of us could benefit from learning about what you do to save time.

  • Sort your laundry when you take off your clothes instead of in your laundry room. I have a light bin, a dark bin, mesh bags for delicates, and a bag for my dry cleaning all next to my closet.
  • When you swap out towels in your bathroom, use one to quickly wipe down the strange dust that collects on the edge of the bathtub. (Where does that dust come from, by the way??)
  • Water house plants with the stray ice cubes that tumble out of the ice maker and onto the floor.
  • Reader Mike suggests when loading silverware into the dishwasher, group like items together. When the dishes are dry, you can grab all of the forks, spoons, etc, and put them away at once.
  • Have a shredder and a trash can where you process mail so that junk mail never has to be corralled out of your home.

62 Comments for “Time-saving tips”

  1. posted by Geralin Thomas on

    I bundle a bunch of small tasks together and do them once per week on what I call, *Trash Eve* Doing this allows me to consolidate all the “petty things” and stay focused on bigger projects.

    Trash Eve tasks include: reviewing the weekly calendar, figuring out who is doing [which] chores, sitter & transportation schedules, what’s for dinner every night that week, backing up the computer, etc.

    If interested, you can hear/see me talk about this in a video clip @:
    http://www.cleverparents.tv/2007/02/22/vidcast-17/

  2. posted by Greg on

    Some of that dust is soap scum, but most of that dust is from you. Dead skin cells make up a good portion of interior dust, especially in a room designed for you to remove said dead skin.

  3. posted by Just ME on

    I am a big believer in clean as you go.

    We keep a sponge on our bathroom sink. The last person to brush their teeth takes the sponge and wipes the counter down. Whoever is the last to take a shower sprays it down with that stuff that prevents mold/hard water stains/soap scum. We use a dish, the dish goes straight to the dishwasher when we are done. Doing the little things as you go gives you more time for the bigger things.

    Some other tips.

    Pour a little bleach in the toilet and let it sit while you go about your morning routine. Flush. If you do this a few times a week then you should never have to scrub the bowl.

    I installed a wire shelf in my laundry room. Now, instead of hauling clean laundry across the house, I hang them up straight out of the dryer on the shelf. I also have a basket for folded items. Everything gets put away all at once when the days laundry is done.

    When I clean the rooms, I carry a basket in with me. I toss whatever does not go in that room in the basket. When the room is clean, I clear out the basket and move on to the next room.

    My recycle bin sits on my patio by the front door. Any junk mail goes in there and never even enters the house.

    We have a dump station by the front door. Shoes immediately get put in the shoe organizer and socks go in a small basket on top of it. (our shoe organizer sits in a cubby and is hidden by a screen) Then keys, purses, hats, gloves, etc… go in a cabinet.

  4. posted by Karyn on

    My husband is of the opinion that the dust that collects in the bathroom (there is a LOT in our half bath all the time) is from the toilet paper. You know, little paper bits. Makes sense to me.

    If you have kids, train them early to put their clothes in the laundry basket when they need washing. If it’s not in the laundry, I don’t wash it.

    I haven’t folded clothes in ages. It saves tons of time. I don’t fold underwear, for instance–just toss it in the drawers. Ditto my little kids’ shorts and shirts. I don’t even fold my own clothes–if something needs to be wrinkle free, I hang it in the closet. But very few of my clothes wrinkle, I’ve found.

    My husband does his own laundry. That saves me time.

    We keep the little kids’ socks downstairs, because we only put on socks when we’re heading outside. I was so tired of running upstairs to find socks! Wash them in a mesh bag and when they’re done and dry, just keep them by the diapering station downstairs.

  5. posted by Michael on

    You should not put the same pieces of silverware together in the same dishwasher bin. This causes the pieces to “nest” together (see: spooning) and prevent them from getting properly clean.

  6. posted by Janna U on

    DEFINITELY go for the cleaning service! I live in a small condo (<800 sq ft), but I pay someone to come twice a month. Especially if you hate cleaning bathrooms as I do, it will be money well spent! I like how it keeps me on a schedule for new linens, extra tidying up, and cleaning out the fridge. I also have allergies and I like to think that having someone else dust and vacuum is a health benefit πŸ™‚

  7. posted by Mer on

    Good tips, except for the one about the silverware. They will nest if you put like items together.

    You would be surprised how much time you’ll save just by putting things back where they go after you’re done with them. Of course, this means assigning a home to everything, which is something many people struggle with.

    Also, I keep a shredder by my desk, where I sort the mail. Junk mail is almost never a problem.

    Also I have two recycling bins in the garage just outside the kitchen door. One is for plastic bottles and soda cans, the other is for magazines and newspapers. Because they’re easy to get to, I use them and it cuts down on a lot of clutter.

  8. posted by shawnna on

    +1 on the spooning issue.

  9. posted by Alex Fayle on

    My mantra is “If it takes less than a minute, do it.” Of course many times I look at something and say “I’ll do that later” but then remember my mantra and do it right then. Of course, if I’m in the middle of something else, I don’t interrupt my progress to do the new thing.

    As for specific tips, I have a routine. For example, dishes get done once a day (we don’t have a dishwasher) – after lunch. If we’re going out for lunch, then they done in the morning. It takes 10 minutes to do a whole day’s dishes and I only need to do them once.

    Other routine items include a daily trip down to the butcher/grocer which means taking the recycling/garbage down with me (we don’t have in building waste services in Spain).

    When the weather is hot, I do all my cooking for the day when I get up, allowing me to relax and just reheat in the microwave later when it’s too hot to cook.

    A duvet takes less effort and time than sheets (both making and changing), and clothes get sorted for laundry/hanging on the still-wearable chair before I go to bed.

    The only thing I haven’t figured out yet is the dusting. My boyfriend is a DJ and I’m a writer, so the apartment has many shelves with books and CDs – not the easiest things to dust.

    Cheers,
    Alex

  10. posted by Robin on

    Dusting, yes! I’d love to hear some tips on making dusting easier.

  11. posted by Dream Mom DBA www.dreamorganizers.com on

    My best time savers are:

    1. Routines-Morning, Afternoon and Evening.
    2. Less stuff.
    3. Live in a smaller space, as small as you can. If you purge well, you’ll be amazed at how much more free time you will have when you have less to care for.
    4. Simpify.
    5. Never take on a new task or hobby unless you know you have time in your schedule to do it.
    6. Use automation whenever possible-set up automatic bill pay, automate your hair appointments and I’ve automated my medical supplies order for my son. You can get stamps on auto delivery if you need it (I have some elderly clients that do.)
    7. Let your goals drive your time. Your annual goals drive your monthly, weekly, daily and hourly goals.
    8. Lists-Create lists for things you do so you don’t waste time going from task to task. I have all of my routines spelled out, I have lists of things to take to the hospital, daily and weekly cleaning checklists as well as my basic weekly plan with all of the items I need to do on a daily basis.

    For example, my best time saving tip is for my hair appointments. I have my hair appointments booked every four weeks through 2010. They print off one schedule for me and I simply call to change any date that doesn’t work. For example, there are usually one or two dates a year that my son is not in school and I have to change the date. It’s easier to change that date than to take the time each month to schedule next month’s appointment. I can also look ahead and make sure that my hair appointment is prior to Christmas so my hair will look good.

  12. posted by Brooklynchick on

    I recently put a shoe rack inside my coat closet, where is keep my most frequently worn shoes (change seasonally). Now as soon as I come home my shoes are away, and my slippers are on – without piles of shoes everywhere!

    Also, I hang a big hook over the door, so the coat I am wearing most days has a home that is NOT a chair.

  13. posted by Catherine on

    We have a dishwasher that has a grid over the top of most of the silverware caddy, so you can put all items right next to each other and they won’t nest. I like the idea of grouping like items. I think I’ll have to give that one a try!

    Along the lines of the recycle bin by the front door: We have in our garage all of our big recycling bins. I get the mail in the evenings and don’t step foot in the house with anything that isn’t immediately needed or actionable. I even recycle envelopes for bills, etc. before coming indoors.

    I have many ideas for routines I’d like to do in the morning before going to work and just as soon as I get home, but the minute I get “into” a routine I just get so darned bored…

  14. posted by Nimic on

    You wrote about the shredder tip in a previous article. I’ve got to say, it’s a great tip. Ever since I started doing it a couple of months ago, my piles of unsorted mail have nearly disappeared :).

  15. posted by Claire on

    Emptying the silverware rack was always my least favorite part of doing dishes when I was growing up. My brother and I used to argue over who had to wash the pots, and who had to unload the silverware each night. Now that I’m an adult, I just don’t have a silverware holder in our silverware drawer. You simply grab handfuls of silverware and throw it in the drawer. It’s not really any harder to find the utensil you want when you need it, especially if you don’t have tons of unecessary silverware.

    I can’t believe I’m the only one who does this. Every time I visit people and help unload their dishwasher, I am glad that I don’t have to do sort the silverware at my house.

  16. posted by Emma on

    I don’t have any tips to share – I’m avidly reading these!

    However I’d like to say thanks for making me read the comments and reminding me how much I miss. I normally read the RSS feed and with this site thats only half the story!

  17. posted by Tiffany on

    That’s funny, Claire… the silverware is actually my favorite part of the dishwasher-unloading. I guess I’m weird, but I actually find it sort of relaxing and meditative for the minute and a half it takes me to do it.

  18. posted by michelle on

    I love having a shredder right next to where I sort mail. It cut down on the amount of junk mail that would pile onto the table and drive my husband crazy. When the shredder is full I either dump it into our recycle bin (stored in the garage next to the trash can that goes out to the curb) OR I use the shreddings for extra padding when I mail things to my mom. Works perfect and it’s free. =)

  19. posted by Catherine on

    @michelle

    Unfortunately shredded paper is not recyclable with traditional paper recycling programs. The shredding makes the paper fibers too short to recycle effectively.

    I have heard a rumor that some places use shredded paper for Kleenex, but it’s unverified. (Earth Class Mail at http://www.earthclassmail.com claims that the mail you have them shred is recycled this way.)

    I’ve looked for many ideas about things to do with shredded paper, since hearing it’s not recyclable. The suggestions I’ve found include using it for: packing material (as you use it), as a base under mulch, as “brown” material for compost and as pet bedding.

    Just my 2 cents…

  20. posted by BlackMacX on

    Great ideas, though I would suggest not putting true silverware into the dishwasher as the detergents (from my experience) damages the silver. As to the suggestion by one on the commentors on adding bleach to the toilet bowl, might I suggest (from a more environmentally friendly P.O.V) to suggest using baking soda; the mild nature of it will not only clean and reduce scum, it will also do less damage to the enamel and environment.

    The dust on your bathtub, as many have noted, it mostly dead skin cells (as is most dust in the house; a good reason to regularly change and clean any air filters you have in the house (helps to reduce illness as well and allergies)).

  21. posted by Lola on

    Good tips, except for using the ice cubes to water plants [and the silverware, as others have mentioned]. Plants, especially tender ones like violets or orchids, will go into shock if a drastic temperature change occurs near their roots. It might save a few minutes of watering, but putting ice cubes on your plant can cost you the plant.

  22. posted by LivSimpl on

    Great post and great comments. And I’ll second the idea of doing something right as it comes up – procrastination only makes it worse.

  23. posted by Aimee on

    I have to disagree with Lola. I was told by the pre-eminant landscape designer in St. Martin (where a good friend lives) that I should water orchids with an ice cube. He told me that it is exactly the right amount of water for orchids to get each week. If you put the ice cube in the pot and let it melt, then it will be at roomtemp when the water hits the roots and orchids will benefit from any water that evaporates into the air around their pot. You should see the amazing orchids my friend grows, under this guys advice.

  24. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Lola — I also have to disagree with your statement. I only keep orchids inside my house (the cats eat everything else) and have been watering them with ice cubes without any troubles for years. Like Aimee said, the ice is at room temperature by the time it reaches the roots.

    I don’t have any experience with violets, but I doubt it’s different than with orchids.

  25. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Catherine — You may want to check with your local recycling center. Ours takes shredded paper. They told us that all of the paper is soaked in water so it doesn’t matter the size.

  26. posted by Meghan on

    When I moved recently I vowed to make sure everything has a place. That has helped enormously with my organization. I am also a clean-as-you-go person. You can keep the house pretty neat that way.

    I don’t do much cleaning during the week, mostly straightening up. But my place is so small a major cleaning only takes 2 or 3 hours anyway, I don’t mind doing it on the weekend. I’d rather spend my weekday nights relaxing.

  27. posted by Carol on

    I have someone come to clean our house every three weeks. She has been coming for the past two years. Due to neck and shoulder problems I needed someone to do the bathroom scrubbing and the vacuuming.
    At the beginning it seemed like a lot of effort because I would have to pick up everything before she came. But it has made me a much neater person, now I put things away more when I am finished with them and I spend a couple of minutes each day picking up instead of waiting until the morning that she is coming to clean. Our house looks much better these days.

  28. posted by Pam on

    I’m tempted to print this out and give it to my brother and father, especially #3!!!

  29. posted by Jim on

    I found it very comforting to reduce the volume of stuff in the apartment. Donate, donate, donate. No one needs three of any appliance, or clothes that don’t fit etc.
    I also have a minimal amount of furniture, makes the rooms easier to clean. All you have to do is move the furniture out of the way, and the floors get cleaned thoroughly.
    Be aware that homes do get messy, but have a specific strategy in place (ex. junk mail purge twice a month, sanitize kitchen and bathroom weekly).
    Finally, the gym in my building happens to be next to the laundry room. Perfect opportunity to get your butt in the gym, throw the evening news on, and get skipping away while the clothes are being washed.

  30. posted by Kris on

    Cleaning service. Best thing I’ve ever done for myself and my family. I’ve had them for years and years. They come in every other week and scrub the place. I spend the night before they come putting everything away that’s been left out so they can get to the surfaces to clean. It forces me to be tidy and lets them do their thing. If I find something out two consecutive cleaning days in a row, it lets me know that the item either doesn’t have a home or has the wrong home. I fix it. It used to take me several hours to prep for the cleaning crew. Now it takes under an hour; a half hour if the laundry is put away.

    I highly recommend it.

  31. posted by Leslie on

    I was wondering if anyone else had the “spooning” problem.

  32. posted by Alex on

    @Just ME: We do just that as well. There’s a special cloth we use for the bathroom mirror after brushing our teeth. In the shower, there’s squeegee we use after every shower – only takes half a minute or so to keep the tiles clean.

    @Alex Fayle: Try to find closed bookshelves or put (glass) doors in front of yours. Helps a lot, believe me.

    Just recently, we started having a cleaning lady come once a week. Here in Belgium, you can pay with service cheques which are tax-deductible, so it will even save you some money.
    For the laundry, we use a basket with rolls underneath, very handy.

  33. posted by Lisa on

    How many ice cubes do those of you with orchids use per orchid? Watering them in-place sounds so much easier.

  34. posted by Kirstin on

    I have been grouping my silverware in the dishwasher for years now and I very rarely pull out a dirty piece. It is so much easier to grab the silverware by the handfuls and just drop it in the divider in the drawer.

  35. posted by Mary on

    I used to hate chores too until a freak blizzard in the south cut off our water for 8 days. The only thing worse is NOT being able to do those simple chores that give us clean dishes, clothing and linens.

    I keep a roll of paper towels and a bottle of Windex under every sink in my house. Anyone who make a mess can quickly spritz and wipe – things stay clean and the fixtures sparkle. Friends have even commented on the thoughtfulness of having something right there so it’s fairly intuitive – you see it so you tend to use it.

  36. posted by STL Mom on

    I agree with Mary – keep cleaning supplies where you use them. And as Flylady says, “soap is soap”. I clean my toilets almost every day because there is a brush next to each one and I just squirt a little liquid soap in there – or shampoo or bubble bath or whatever is handy – and scrub for about 30 seconds.
    I’ve always hated emptying the dishwasher. I moved to a new house and it seemed like it took forever for the kettle to boil for my tea. Then I realized that it was just enough time to empty the dishwasher if I work fast. Now I “race” the kettle every morning instead of reading the paper while the stove heats up.

  37. posted by STL Mom on

    Oh, I almost forgot: dust while you talk on the phone.

  38. posted by jackie on

    Let your cleaning products do the work for you. For the bathrooms, I like liquid Clorox cleaner. I spray the tub with it and then clean something else, like the sink or counter top. When I’m done with that I go back to the bathtub and find the dirt and grime literally just wipes away.

    I also like CLR for the tub/shower enclosure. It takes care of all the calcium build up. Again, I spray it and do something else for a few minutes then go back and wipe away the water spots and build up.

    Finally, if you’re getting mold or mildew around the corners in the bathtub, wet paper towels with bleach. Push the paper towels up into the moldy area. Let them sit for 15-30 minutes. Remove the paper towels and throw them away. The caulking will sparkle!

  39. posted by Nancy on

    Love the tips. I think I actually do all the tips listed above but I wanted to make a suggestion about the laundry – I purchased a laundry sorter that has three hanging bags on it. I use one for lights, one for darks and the last for jeans / pants. Saves me time sorting it and I just do a load when that bag gets full. The sorter also has a bar across the top so I use that to hang things, and there’s also space for detergent and things too. When we lived in an apartment building with the laundry room in the basement, we would roll the whole thing down. Saved me some backache.

  40. posted by Miles on

    I have a neat paper shredder, NOT needing another space gobbling Uni-tasker: At Wal-Mart for $8 I bought a nice pair of wire cutters, and I have found it easy to cut up thick envelopes (with credit cards and the like) and flush the results down the commode in NOT one flush but over a couple or so hours and/or also throw some of the giblets in the trashcan

    These wire cutters also easily cut open shrink wrapped packages and cut wire when you decide to declutter behind the furniture with electronic component wiring clutter behind

    In sum, I guess it the Law of the Tool: give a guy a new hammer and everything is a nail, which also is a great Law to use in other areas of your life, e.g., a great vacuum cleaner will make everything needing to be cleaned, so find a “tool” for a chore you hate and you create “nail”

  41. posted by Mer on

    I doubt the sewer system is meant for junk mail. Plus I cringe at the gallons of water being used to dispose of it.

  42. posted by Kris on

    @ Miles

    I agree with Mer. I think possibly recycling that paper might be a much better idea all around.

  43. posted by Miles on

    Let me clarify something about the commode point and be delicate: I live in the south and I drink a lot of water and I flush a lot, sorry but I do each time(the downside of drinking water)–I do NOT flush to flush

    Next, I am NOT talking about a lot of paper

    I only get this type of mail rarely, so normally I cut up and throw in the trashcan–I live in an apartment complex, so I do NOT want any chance of credit card and bank information to get out

    My point is a cheap way to shred a small amount of paper a single person gets in the mail

  44. posted by Adeleine on

    Dust is everywhere, all the time. When you get water on something and don’t dry it up, inevitably it will gather more dust than other areas, and do so more quickly. Color matters, too, and sheen. Bathtubs and toilets both make dust far more noticeable than other darker, matte surfaces. Plus, bathroom lighting is generally brighter than other rooms, and people sit in bathrooms with not much more to do than look around at everything (unless there is a bookshelf in the loo, which is not sanitary).

    When you dust, dry, dry, dry. Dusting with a wet cloth gets more dust off; wiping the surface bone dry means you will not have to do it as often (because it won’t just immediately gather dust up). I use my vacuum (with its soft brush attachment) to dust surfaces that get more noticeably dusty; I do that whenever I vacuum the floors. I also use it to deep dust lots of things I could never hope to dust without bringing on severe arthritic pain (objects with crevices). When I deep clean, I use a slightly damp towel and a dry towel to dust all the flat surfaces that need it because the vacuum doesn’t get everything.

  45. posted by Michelle on

    Everyday when I get our mail I immediately go through and determine what is trash, needs shredding or goes to our inbox on our desk.

    I believe in “clean as you go”.

    Each day I scan our major living areas to see what can be put back, re-stocked, etc.

  46. posted by Ryan on

    Great tips!

    My place is in need of a good cleaning. Once that gets done, I’m going to try and follow these so the next time it won’t be so bad!

  47. posted by becoming minimalist on

    i have learned that the less you have, the easier it is to clean – that’s a great benefit to minimalism.

    one time-saving tip is to clean the kitchen as you cook rather than leaving a pile of dirty cookware.

  48. posted by Lori on

    I second STL Mom on emptying the dishwasher while waiting for the kettle to boil. We run the dishwasher only when it is full, so on the days when there’s no dishwasher load to empty, I use the time to do some other small, quick chore.

    Those who don’t drink tea can substitute bagel toasting or microwaving time. πŸ™‚

  49. posted by adora on

    I’d use a cleaning service if I were not worry about how they would think about me being messy. I’d probably end up cleaning before they arrived. lol

  50. posted by Jay on

    TUB
    Have a sponge and/or scouring pad in your tub area. Every now and then, wipe the tub during your shower. If you are feeling lazy, use your feet to drag the sponge or pad around the tub. While this won’t substitute for a real cleaning, it will make that real cleaning much easier.

    MAIL
    My wife and I have a small 8.5″ x 11″ cloth bag that we put our incoming mail into. Each of us is always able to find the mail, which does not get scattered around the house or lost.

  51. posted by Suzanne on

    I love auto-pilot. I find ways to do something useful while waiting or doing something that doesn’t require thinking. I appreciate the results I get from it! For example: – Waiting for the microwave is when I straighten the island. – Warming the children’s milk in the morning is when I empty the dishwasher. – Applying my moisturizer & sunscreen in the morning is when I wipe the counter in the kids’ bathroom and at night when I use my skincare products, I do my bathroom.

  52. posted by Amandine on

    Wow, great advice. My biggest time-saver has been training my kids to do household chores. In the summer they each get several small jobs a day. It adds up & helps a lot.

  53. posted by Nancy on

    Regarding the cleaning service: The cleaning service can only do so much – and I don’t trust them to put things away, organize, etc. I do all of that sort of “cleaning” because I don’t know if I’ll be able to find things if they do it! Also, I think my cleaning service charges me less because they can take less time cleaning our place. Only $70 a vist for a 1500 square foot condo with two cats and a dog.

  54. posted by Caron on

    Ditto on putting the like silverware together. Don’t do it!! No matter how “conveniant” it may seem.

  55. posted by Pete on

    Where does that dust come from? Great post.

    http://www.yinvsyang.com

  56. posted by J. on

    RE: dusting–I’m a big fan of those microfiber cloths that you can dry-dust with, and then launder and re-use. My husband does our bedroom and bookshelves while talking to his mom during their weekly “catch-up” call. Dry-dusting bathroom fixtures before you swipe them with cleaner also makes the whole job neater and faster, in my experience. I also like using all the little brush attachments that came with our vacuum–they are actually gentler on some items like an antique canvas-covered steamer trunk that have rough surfaces that might catch and pull on a dust rag. We also use a mini-vacuum on area rugs and other spots that seem to accumulate dirt between full-size vacuum sessions.

    The most extreme cleaning technique I’ve ever used (but that saved a lot of time in the end) is vacuuming our double-coated sheepdogs–they actually enjoyed it (and would pull the vacuum hose out of the closet when they wanted attention), and it preemptively removed all their fur from the rugs, furniture, etc. I can’t seem to convince our cat to cooperate with this technique, though!

  57. posted by robyn on

    Put your shredder in your garage or mudroom, shred that junk mail before it even comes into the house.

    Wash your tub or shower while you’re in it. I use cheap kids soap to do this.

  58. posted by Amy on

    This is an older post, but I’m going to leave my latest tips anyway…
    Have the children put away their own laundry. I wash it and leave it on their beds. It’s easy for them to do and saves me a lot of time. And it discourages them from putting hardly-word clothing in the laundry!
    Scrubbing Bubbles toilet bowl cleaning with the disposable sponges. Wasteful and expensive, perhaps, but completely and totally worth it.
    Send the kids on a quick cleaning spree in the evenings: “Find 15 things that belong in your room and put them away” and like magic I can see the floor to sweep it.

  59. posted by Christine on

    I have 2 baskets; one sits in our “family” room where we spend most of our time, and one sits on the floor by our bedroom door. If something needs to go upstairs/downstairs, it goes in the baskets, which get switched and emptied every day.

    I try to look for little things to do while I’m waiting for something. Like, while I’m waiting for the shower water to warm up, I’ll quickly scrub out the sink or clean the bathroom mirror. Or, if I’m waiting for something on the stove, I’ll wash a few dishes or take the garbage under the sink out. Maximizing my use of all these little moments really ads up!

  60. posted by Meredith on

    Using spare moments works in the car too! I keep a Pledge Grab-It in my glove compartment and wipe down the dashboard if I’m a few minutes early, waiting for someone, etc.

  61. posted by Phyllis Farr on

    Re the silverware in the dishwasher. You can have the utensils separated by kind and have them not cradle. Just put them in handle end down. They also get cleaner this way πŸ™‚

  62. posted by Phyllis Farr on

    SOOOO happy to have a three-day weekend. Am going to SERIOUSLY work on number 2 for 2-1/2 of those days πŸ™‚

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