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

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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!


Make Your Own Accent Throw Pillows

I believe in being thankful, but the past 3 years I struggled to like my living room furniture. I was tired of looking at mis-matched pillows my husband had accumulated before we met. So, I begged my mom for help. We went hunting for fabric and decided we could re-upholster 2 chairs and 5 pillows for about $45. I jumped at the chance. Now I have a living room that forever reminds me of my mom. We spent a lot of time working on it! Plus, I saved a ton of money by NOT buying pre-made pillows or chairs.

Don’t know how to sew a pillow? Go HERE

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