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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