5 Quick “To-Do” Tasks Around The House
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I’m always on the lookout for some quick organizing tasks to tackle when I find an extra few minutes here and there.
It’s possible to be more organized within yourself and your home by doing little bits at a time. By breaking down tasks into small time frames, you can slowly and consistently make changes to your home, life, and therefore, your disposition.
Trust me on this one: Don’t ever let that little devil on your shoulder convince you otherwise.
Give these small tasks a try and see what happens. You won’t be disappointed.
- Medicine chest – The last thing you feel like doing when you’re sick is searching through endless bottles of pills to find the right fix — only to find a bunch of expired or empty bottles. If you have any of those, toss them right out and add them to your shopping list immediately.
Nothing is worse than having a pounding headache and having to drive to CVS to get a bottle of Advil. Am I right or am I right?
If you have questions about how to get rid of certain medicines, here is what the FDA has to say.
- Sock drawer — Take out all your socks, match and ball them up, and put them into these great sock organizers. Save up all the mate-less ones, put them in a Ziplock bag, and hang onto them for a few weeks. If the missing ones don’t reappear, it’s time to toss them. But let me warn you: The surest way to find their mate is to throw the first one out. Be a little patient; the sock might magically re-appear on its own.
- The big round-up — Take a laundry basket or any kind of box, pick a room in your house that tends to be the “collect all” room. Pick up everything that doesn’t belong in there: shoes, socks, toys, magazines, mail….you know, everything. Put it all in the basket.
Now take a walk around the house and deposit things in the correct rooms. Make up your mind beforehand: Will you take care of everything in the basket? Pick an item number — say 20-25 items — or set a timer for 15 minutes. Whichever it is, make your decision and GO! You won’t believe how much can get done and how much better the room will look — not to mention how satisfied you will feel.
- Clothing drawer — Pick a drawer, any drawer! Take two bags with you: one for donations and one for stuff that is too bad even for donations, in other words — garbage.
Now take everything out of ONE drawer. You won’t be happy if you try to do more than one at a time.
Look through everything for holes, pulls, or stains that won’t come out. If you haven’t worn it in 1 or 2 years, chances are you won’t wear it again. Once upon a time, those items were on the top of the drawer, but then you stopped reaching for them, and they eventually got buried.
Make sure you love what you keep. Would you buy it again? As you go through, fold the keepers, put the definite “NOs” in their bag, and set aside the “I DUNNOs.”
As you put the keepers back in the drawer, fold and pile them by category and color. It makes life so much easier when you’re trying to get dressed.
Now for the “EH” pile. Look over what you’ve kept. There are only so many red tops that you need. Or maybe it’s simply out of style? Try it on; the answer might just pop out at you.
When you’re done, all you have left to do is admire your work. Send me some before and after pics. I’d love to see the transformation!
- Dish towels —This is an easy one, dish towels are dish towels, they’re used to wipe our hands, dishes, and counters. They’re used for hanging on the oven door and to add beauty to the kitchen. Keep 4 or 5; that should be enough if you’re doing the laundry at least once a week, which I hope you are…if not, then sorry, but that’s a whole ‘nother post!
Separate the towels that are very faded, frayed or stained, donate them to the nearest animal shelter; they’ll love you! If you need some replacements they’re usually inexpensive and easy to find, maybe you’ll like these. Treat yourself like a guest, and keep pretty things in your house. You deserve it.
If keeping up with your tasks has given you the Organizing bug, check out my post on Organizing and Color Coding Your Closet.
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Great organization tips! Home organization is my least favorite thing ever, and socks are my nemesis. I love the sock-drawer organizer! Maybe it’ll help my boys keep their socks together. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Joanna, home organization is a definite love it or hate it. Everone loves to be organized, but only a few of us like to actually do it! Call me crazy!! Lol
The next few days I have set aside to “organise”. These are some great tips 🙂 It will definitely help me get started!
Thanks Alexandra, getting started is the hardest part. Glad I can help out in any way!
Xoxo – Deb
Love these organizing tips! My sock drawer was in super need of your help! Can’t wait to make it better. Thank you 😊
Sara, my pleasure. Sock drawers definitely tend to get unruly, and where do those missing mates go anyway? 🤷♀️
My whole house could use a declutter overhaul. Thanks for giving me these tips to start out on the right foot!
Sasha, so glad I could help. My advice is to start small, follow the tips above and then slowly go through your rooms, one by one. Finish one and then start the other. As you move on you will feel better and better and more and more motivated. Too much at once, and all you will feel is overwhelmed!! Good luck. I’d love to see your before and after pics, they will make you feel soooo good.
Xoxo – Deb
Thanks for these reminders. Medicine kit can definitely be forgotten.
Yes medicine kit can definitely be forgotten, and that’s one of the worst! When you’re sick, all you want to do is take your medicine and stay home. The thought of searching around or running out to the store is definitely unappealing.
Xoxo – Deb
I like the sock idea, but I think I have to many socks so I should give some to my sisters.
The sock drawer is one that can take on a mind of its own. Between having too many and those singles (where does the mate go?) it’s definitely one to keep up with.
I’m pleased to say all these things are already in order. Always trying to stay on top of the clutter and mess
Very impressive!! You are most certainly in the minority. Keep up the good work!!
These are great suggestions! I have two little kids, so my house is always a mess but there’s never time to clean. But these little tasks are very simple to complete.
Thanks Erin, I know how you feel. With little kids around it makes it hard to keep up, but if you’re consistent and break your tasks down, it is doable.
Xoxo – Deb
Xoxo – Deb
Clear the clutter, clear your mind! It’s amazing how much more productive I am if I can just get these small jobs done.
Karen, I completely agree with you!! It really makes a world of difference. It truly lets you focus on the task at hand.
Xoxo – Deb
Love the tips and I agree just doing small little things each day will make such a huge difference overall. I’ve had that problem in the medicine cabinet before and yes it was a pain to find everything expired and having to go out! And those darn socks where exactly they end up I will never know, but I always have a couple disappear a month!
Thanks Shannah, glad you liked the tips. Breaking things up into smaller tasks really is the way to go. And as I said above, the best way to find a socks mate is to throw the sock away, then magically the other one appears. Crazy!!
Xoxo – Deb