50 Chores That Take 5 Minutes or Less

DSC02846I am a mother to an infant.  She doesn’t leave me much time for organizing and cleaning, so I’ve started relishing every 5 minute chunk of time she gives me.  It’s amazing what you can accomplish in under 5 minutes!!

1.  Empty the top rack of the dishwasher

2.  Empty the bottom rack of the dishwasher

3.  Sweep the kitchen floor

4.  Switch the laundry from the washer to dryer

5.  Clean a toilet

6.  Wipe down a bathroom sink

7.  Sweep a bathroom floor

8.  Iron a shirt

9.  Make your bed

10. Organize a small drawer

11. Wipe down the kitchen counters

12. Fill the dishwasher

13.  Wipe down 1 shelf in the refrigerator

14.  Shake out a small rug

15.  Dust/vacuum a flight of stairs ( I guess this could take longer than five minutes if you have a TON of stairs 🙂

16.  Dust a coffee table

17.  Vacuum an area rug

18.  Put five items away

19.  Start a load of wash

20.  Wipe down the stove top (obviously, your stove top can’t be completely crusty for this to take less than 5!)

21.  Dust a lamp

22.  Wipe the outside of your refrigerator

23.  Wipe the outside of your dishwasher

24.  Dust the top of your refrigerator (I did this the other day.  Wow.  I really need to do this more!)

25.  Wipe down 5 cupboard doors

26. Tuck the kitchen chairs in

27.  File  5 papers

28.  Dust 2 shelves on a bookcase

29.  Dust the baseboards in your bedroom

30.  Sweep your laundry room

31.  Switch out all of the hand towels in your bathrooms

32. Carry all the stuff piled at the bottom of the stairs up

33.  Wipe the outside of the microwave

34.  Wipe the inside of the microwave  (Use this tip if yours is really dirty!  It works)

35.  Dust the baseboard in a guest/child’s room

36.  Clean one shower wall every day.  I do this while showering by using a dish wand filled with vinegar and dawn.

37.  Wipe down the dining room table

38.  Dust the TV

39.  Take the trash out

40.  Put some of the shoes in the entryway in their proper closet

41.  Take the recycling out

42.  Put one item of clothing you haven’t worn for a year in a give-away pile

43.  Put all the remotes/coasters away

44. Put your hair styling products in their proper places

45. Dust your computer/printer

46. Find homes for some of your phone charger/ipad charger etc.

47. Throw away some old magazines

48. Empty the bathroom trash

49.  Fold as much laundry as you can!  Make it a game to see how much you can get done in 5 minutes

50.  Dust a light fixture


DIY Cloth Baby Wipes

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DIY baby wipes. So easy and will SAVE, SAVE, SAVE you money. I made these when I found out I was expecting and I’m glad I did because I like them better than disposables. They clean more efficiently and 8 million of them don’t come out of the dispenser when I want just ONE. (Have you ever tried to pull out JUST ONE disposable wipe?) I made about 50 wipes and it cost me a little less than $10. Here are the directions:

What you will need:
1) Flannel (I chose white because I didn’t want any dyes to bother my precious one’s bottom)
2) Thread
3) Sew Machine

Directions:

1) Buy the flannel from a fabric store (I found mine at Wal-Mart on sale).
2) Wash and DRY the material. This is very important as the fabric will shrink.
3) Cut into 8 inch by 8 inch squares.
4) Zig-zag the edges (or use a pretty stitch if you like!)
5) You are DONE!!

I looked up baby-wipe recipes, but decided to use plain water. I didn’t feel comfortable adding essential oils, soaps or etc to a mixture I was going to be using on my child. That being said, water works GREAT.

I’m so glad I made these, especially when I see Target advertising that their wipes are “only $4.56 per 256 count.” I’ll likely be able to use these wipes through the diapering of this child and my future one(s), too!


DIY Granite Countertop Cleaner

I love this cleaner.  It works GREAT.  It leaves no streaks.  I also this on my mirrors, stainless steel and oven top.  Make sure you test the product in an inconspicuous area before first use!  I found this recipe here.

 

1/2 cup rubbing alcohol

2 cups water

8 drops dish soap  (I have used Kirkland and Joy..both work fine)

Mix together and store in spray bottle for easy use!  I love using this on my mirrors.  It’s streak free when I wipe with an old newspaper.  I LOVE this cleaner.DSC02800


Daily Shower Cleaner DIY

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Hard water stains haunt my home.  I fight them in the bathroom by spraying this concoction all over the shower walls every time I shower.  It works great and it’s easy to make. Best of all, it’s much cheaper than the store bought version! I found the following recipe at pinkyhasabrain.com. I was skeptical, but once I tried it I fell in love. Here ya are, folks:

24 ounces of water
1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
2 tsp dishwashing liquid (original recipe calls for Dawn. I use whatever I have on hand)
2 tsp automatic dishwasher rinse


DIY Liquid Hand Soap

DSC02801The other day I happened upon this DIY liquid hand soap recipe. I decided it was worth a try! I followed all the instructions set up on this blog, but used Irish Spring Soap instead. It smells wonderful and works well. This DIY hand soap is also much cheaper than the kind you buy in the store!


I Tried It: DIY Drawer Divider

My work out clothing has never been organized. It’s always bothered me. So, I tried Design Sponge’s DIY idea. I made my own dividers out of cardboard, except I didn’t measure because I don’t believe in using measuring tapes 🙂  Here are the directions, step by step:

1).  Hold cardboard over drawer and estimate wear you need to slice it (or your can measure if you REALLY want to), by slitting it with an exacto knife.  (Do this with all four pieces of cardboard)

2)  Cut a slot into the tops of the cardboard that will serve as your base.  Do the same to the cardboard that will help divide your drawers, except cut the slots into the bottoms of those.

3)  Fit all the pieces together and organize your drawers!!  Super easy!!

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Slit cut with an exacto knife…believe me, it doesn’t have to be very exact!!

 

 

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The finished product!

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ahh…I can find stuff in my drawers!!

 

I would say this project was worth the effort! I even labeled the compartments when I finished. Now my husband can’t tell me he doesn’t know where my clothes go when we’re folding laundry!

Cost-$0
Money Saved-At least $10. I own a couple of drawer dividers that cost $12 for a pair.


Make Your Own Drawer Divider

Yesterday, I gushed over pinterest. I know.  I’m way behind.  The world probably  realized how great the site was 5 years ago!

I did find a gem of a blog via pinterest, though.  I’m very excited because it includes a picture tutorial on how to make a drawer divider out of cardboard.  CARDBOARD!  I’ve drooled over drawer dividers for years.  NOW I can make my own for FREE!  Who knew?!?

Next week I’ll attempt (I’ve never been good at measuring!) to make these handy gadgets and post the results!  No more spending $6 per plastic ugly divider at Bed, Bath and Beyond and no more messy drawers.