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    Talking Post a 5 minute task list -- here is mine, why not post yours?

    I got this tip from Flylady a while ago and it's a good one.

    Post a list of those tasks you can do while the water is coming to a boil in the kitchen or you are watching a toddler bathe in the bathroom, or you are on a cordless phone with a long winded friend or family member.

    I like my 5 minute task list. (and a cordless phone!!!) (WHY NOT POST YOURS HERE TOO, it could spark some good ideas)

    I don't know if this will come out properly formatted from my Word files but here is mine: (some of the items are outdated-- I got a self cleaning glass top stove last summer for example so I don't do rings anymore)

    TIP: break it down by room, put it on an index card and tape to the inside of a cupboard door for easy reference.

    My 5 Minute Task List:

    Nutrition/Food Prep:
    1. Make Juice/Ice Cubes OR Jello/Pudding dessert
    2. Peel Carrots and slice, or Prep Broccoli, Cauliflower or other veg for supper
    3. Make a Salad
    4. Cut up or prepare Raw veggies for a snack
    5. Hard boil some eggs
    6. Set table for dinner
    7. Put supper in crockpot or set out to thaw
    8. Make lunch sandwich fillings or sandwiches for freezing/tomorrow
    9. Set breadmakers for dough or baking breads
    10. Throw together a batch of muffins or biscuits

    Kitchen Cleanup:
    1. Empty Dishwasher or load dirty plates in
    2. Scrub sinks, kettle with comet
    3. Windex the window
    4. Scrub the fronts of the fridge and stove and the tops of both
    5. Put the burner rings etc in dishwasher with stove filter
    6. Scrub fan
    7. Wipe down counters, putting things away quickly
    8. Wipe down cabinet fronts
    9. Sort and de clutter a drawer or shelf
    10. Run coffee pot through the dishwasher
    11. Clean the microwave
    12. Clean the salt/pepper shaker
    13. Open fridge, toss the trash
    14. Wipe down a shelf, door, or drawer in fridge
    15. Fast mop kitchen floor, OR Quick wipe of baseboards
    16. Clean out under the sink
    17. AT NIGHT: Run Dishwasher, Spray oven if needed for next day cleaning

    Bathroom:
    1. Clean sink and counter and mirror, replace hand towel
    2. Comet toilet and clean floor around toilet
    3. Empty trash can, wash trash can
    4. Clean tub and surround when in there, wipe exterior of tub and mirror on way out.
    5. Mop floor
    6. Sort drawers or cabinet, wipe out and replace items.
    7. Spot clean walls, baseboards-- especially around toilet

    Living Room/Dining Room:
    1. Dust, especially lamps and picture frames
    2. Clean TV and windows/picture glass with Windex, lamp arms too
    3. Polish end tables, desk, TV cabinet
    4. Straighten cushions and reshape them
    5. Straighten books, video tapes, get rid of any clutter spots

    Bedroom:
    1. Dust
    2. Polish dresser, end tables
    3. Windex windows, lamps, clocks, coasters
    4. De clutter bookcase, surfaces
    5. De clutter closet section or drawer
    6. Strip bed and wash sheets OR make bed

    Laundry:
    1. Throw a load on
    2. Water the plant
    3. Clean the horizontal surfaces
    4. Vacuum the filter
    5. Clean the downstairs fridge outside, and top
    6. Clean the downstairs fridge one shelf or drawer at a time
    7. Toss any old food, bring anything upstairs that needs it.
    8. Clean the windows: Laundry, computer, bathroom, and sewing room

    Downstairs Bathroom:
    1. Clean toilet and floor around
    2. Clean sink, counter and mirror and glass shelves, replace hand towel
    3. Clean floor, fast mop

    Sewing Room:
    1. Quick de clutter, and tidy
    2. Deep clean 1 shelf or drawer at a time
    3. Polish and clean desks, oil machines.
    4. Mending, 1 job.
    5. Layout a pattern,
    6. Cut out a pattern
    7. Sew for 5 minutes by the timer.

    Spare Room/Rec Room:
    1. Dust
    2. De clutter surfaces, and top tidy.
    3. Polish drawers and end table.
    4. Windex TV and window and lamp

    GENERAL CLEAN AND DE JUNK:
    1. Grab a trash bag, run through house, emptying all trash
    2. Grab the Sally Ann Bag and run through the house, getting rid of excess.
    3. Vacuum the fridge or stove bottom as I go through the kitchen
    4. Vacuum the fridge coils or under the stove OR beside the stove and fridge

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    you'll see stuff like washing sheets, I don't count the time the washer works, just strip it and load it in and start the machine.

    Stuff like layout of pattern or cutting a pattern I don't generally do on the phone but I put that in my list to remind me it's not such a difficult or time consuming thing.

    By breaking a big sewing task down into 5 minute bites I can tackle it easier. 5 minutes a day. Ditto mending.

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    Thanks, Margery; I'm printing it.

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    Great tips and ideas, thanks for sharing your list.

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    Out in the garden there are 5 minute tasks too.

    Weed a small section.
    Pick up some trash and bring it into the trash can for pickup.
    Coil a hose
    Fill the watering cans for later.

    Dump a spoon of Miracle gro fertilizer in the watering can

    use dissolved half strength fertilizer in watering can and water the container plants.

    tie up some tomatoes.

    hoe a few spots in the veggie patch.

    Pick a zucchini before it achieves science fiction porportions.

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    Great list, thanks

    One question Sara & I had: what is a "sally ann bag"?

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    Originally posted by Michelle
    Great list, thanks

    One question Sara & I had: what is a "sally ann bag"?
    I think it might be a bag for stuff that will be going to good will. Just a guess.

    Nice list Margery.

    I also brush & feed the cat, cut my toenails,put on nailpolish,water plants,deadhead flowers...

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    LOL sorry. Sally Ann is a nickname for Salvation Army, and the SA bag refers to my ongoing giveaway bag for charity.

    When I drop one off or have it picked up I immediately start another. It's a bag or a box.

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    Great list Margery!! I tend to think....Oh I won't bother starting that because it'll take too long....BUt it's amazing what can get done in 5 minutes!

    Sally Ann......have one here too and I took a BIG load there last week!

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    LOL that is exactly why I have it, it's a reminder to me of what I can do in tiny little bites of time like commercial breaks when watching TV or like I said, on the phone, or waiting for a call etc.

    And it's nice to remind oneself that stuff like setting a table CAN be done in the morning while unloading a dishwasher, it doesn't have to be done in the traditional suicide hour manner while trying to get the dinner on the table, last minute veggies cooked, kids washed up, older kids called in AND setting the table.

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    That's funny you should say that about setting the table. I had got into the habit of setting the table right after I had my lunch. First, it would be all set for supper and second, I wouldn't be tempted to set anything down on it because it looked so nice! I must get back into doing that again!

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    LOL I got into that habit when I read Peg Bracken's I Hate To Housework book years ago. She called it Instant Housekeeping. Here is the quote which I love:

    "I is for Instant Housekeeping

    This is for those occaisions when you're going to be out of the house all day but you don't want the house to look like it when your husband gets home.

    Therefore the minute he leaves in the morning, you steam into your IH, which is usually housekeeping backwards. Patterns vary, according to the focal point of your house and the habits and peculiarities of your spouse.

    For instance, your own crash-plan might be:
    1. Set the table for dinner
    2. Build a modest pitcher of Martinis and set it in the fridge.
    3. Lay a fire
    4. Throw out the dead flowers
    5. Shut all the closet and cupboard doors
    6. Do the breakfast dishes
    7. Make the bed.

    THEN you can sweep, dust and all that sort of thing, if there's still time. But remember: when life is rich and full, and the chips are you know where, do LAST things FIRST."

    her book is full of such gems from about 35 years back. I love it. The pitcher of martinis is a particularly nice touch!!!

    You can still find her books in paperback and I highly recommend them. Zippy humour and practical wisdom.
    The I Hate to Housekeep Book
    The I Try to Behave Myself Book (etiquette her style, I love it)
    The I Hate to Cook Book and the sequel to the I Hate to Cook book.


    While poking thru to find the housekeeping backwards excerpt --I was reminded by another bit where she is talking about this very subject-- using bits of time.

    She recommends having a manicure set in the glove box in the car if you do a lot of driving.

    You can fix a pretty nice manicure while stopped at red lights or waiting for the kids according to her.

    Here is another glove box suggestion from her: "It is good to keep a small cookbook in there too, so you can plan meals without too much standing and staring in the supermarket."

    The more things change the more they stay the same.

    Which reminds me of another thing she recommends, and now flylady does too, and that is a portable office in a bag. Essentially you put paper, envelopes, stamps and addresses in a zippered binder along with pens, and so forth.

    Keep your current bills in there with your budget and any other paper work you need to do.

    You can do those in bits and bites of time while waiting for the kids.

    I brought homeschooling stuff with me during the home school years and got a lot done for me and the kids in the orthodontists offices.

    I used to bring my letters and Christmas cards to do when I worked night shifts for that quiet period around 3 am.

    One more visit from Peg Bracken before I close the book,

    "should you ever need to confer with someone, do it at her place and not yours. That way you can leave promptly. (At your place your conferee might sit and SIT and SIT, and it is hard to think of a polite way of getting her OUT.)

    When you receive a letter from a good friend, and --after reading it-- are full of the bonhomie which such letters often promote, you can jot down on the back of the envelope all the things crowding your mind that instant that you want to tell her all about. This way they won't get cold, and 6 weeks hence, -- when you answer the letter-- you can write a better one faster."

    back to me now, I've used that last tip about the letter for many many years now and she is so right. Use it to jot down notes of what you wish to say on the envelope and write from the heart when you have time.

    and that bit about visiting at someones house rather than the other way round when time is of the essence, is worth it's weight in GOLD!

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    Those are great tips Margery. I had to chuckle about the Martinis as well.

    When the boys played hockey I would always have something in my bag to do while they practiced.....grocery list and flyers, schoolwork to be marked, a letter to be written, always something!

    I love the older housekeeping books because other than a few things (like the Martini's lol!!) they are right on. I think we try to complicate things WAY too much.

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    Ooh I'm all for the Martini's too! Took a while for Dh to get me to like them but love'em now I do.

    Margery, You are an endless fountain of so much knowledge. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing the way you do.

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    Ya' know what? I have a confession..I don't even know what is in a Martini?!?!?

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