A number of readers have written in to share their surprise at what a big difference doing my lists of one minute chores has made in their homes. Many of us just feel so overwhelmed when we think “Oh, I have to clean the kitchen” but a minute here and there? That’s not so bad!
Now, here are even more one minute chores to do next time you’re on the phone or waiting for the oven to preheat!
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More One Minute Chores
- Wipe banisters with homemade disinfecting wipes.
- Refill salt and pepper shakers.
- Shine kitchen canisters.
- Kill some weeds by pouring white vinegar on them.
- Clean your TV remotes. (They’re filthier than they look!)
- Dust a room’s light bulbs. (Bonus: place a drop of essential oil on cool bulbs for fragrance.)
- Take your bed pillows outside so the sun can kill dust mites.
- Wipe the cobwebs out and off of your mailbox.
- Microwave a very wet kitchen sponge to kill bacteria.
- Wipe the microwave after microwaving your sponge to get rid of cooked-on food.
- Defrost tomorrow’s dinner.
- Refill your dishwasher’s rinse agent tank with white vinegar.
- Clean a drip pan on your stove.
- Change paper towels in your refrigerator’s produce and meat drawer.
- Wipe smudges off of your garage door opener.
- Spray your cutting board with 50-50 vinegar and water to kill germs.
- Run ice cubes through the garbage disposal to remove grime.
- Wipe the fridge and freezer handles.
- Use a disinfectant wipe on the toilet seat and rim.
- Put overdue library books in your car’s front seat.
- Toss any plastic containers in your kitchen that don’t have matching lids.
- Rub a wood cutting board or spoon with mineral oil.
- Check prescriptions and order refills if needed.
- Go through medicine cabinet and dispose of expired meds.
- Dust the top of a few door jambs.
- Slip a dryer sheet into your linen closet to freshen the smell.
- Turn your keyboard over and tap the crumbs out of it.
- Run a dryer sheet around the baseboards in one room to remove and repel dust.
- Straighten your cookbooks.
- Change the water in your flower vase.
Next time you’re waiting for the washing machine to finish spinning, or for the kids to finish putting away their toys before bath time, tackle a few one minute chores and turn that waiting time into work time. Before you know it, those random acts of cleaning will really add up and you’ll actually have even more free time on your hands.