My original list of one minute chores has become one of the more popular entries on HousewifeHowTos.com. I’ve been asked several times if I can think of still more one minute chores. Of course I can!
Clearly, we’re all trying to find ways to squeeze in a little extra cleaning time between work, errands and cooking. That’s the whole idea behind this list. Quick, one minute chores are a great way to tend to the details, yet most are so simple you can assign them to your kids when they whine about being bored.
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- Wipe smudges off the front door.
- Wipe off your landline and/or cell phone.
- Empty your vacuum dustbin or change the bag
- Brush your pet’s back.
- Use a lint roller on your sofa/chair cushions.
- Pinch dead leaves off a houseplant.
- Scoop dirty clothes from a bedroom floor.
- Fill a trashcan with water to soak clean.
- Wipe out your laundry basket with disinfectant (use a homemade wipe).
- Dust the top of your fridge.
- Fill your dishwasher’s rinse aid with white vinegar.
- Clean crumbs out of your silverware drawer.
- Dust a room’s light bulbs while cool to maximize efficiency.
- Plump a couple of pillows.
- Wipe your front door’s kick plate and door handle.
- Sweep dust from a dirty screen. (Old carpet pieces are great for this!)
- Wipe grease from your stove knobs.
- Clean crumbs from an unplugged toaster/toaster oven with a pastry brush.
- Run a lemon slice in your garbage disposal to freshen it.
- Put spare toilet paper in a bathroom.
- Wipe the lint off the top of your dryer.
- Put your reusable grocery sacks in a sink and fill with hot, soapy water.
- Make some homemade air freshener.
- Dust a room’s air vents and registers.
- Change the battery in your smoke- or carbon-monoxide detector (and dust it!).
- Put your family’s tennis shoes in the sunshine to deodorize.
- Vacuum your pet’s bed.
- Dust a ceiling fan.
- Throw away expired food in your fridge.
- Wipe down your patio or deck table with a clean, wet cloth.
The thing about one minute chores is that they can be squeezed in throughout the day while you’re busy doing other things, too. Try a few while dinner is simmering, or when you’re on hold with the cable company trying to get your bill lowered. Do a couple as your coffee brews in the morning, or when they’re running yet another commercial break during your favorite TV show. They really do add up!