How do you spend your spare time?
Today I had a few minutes spare as an appointment was cancelled at the last minute.
I started to think about how I could use the time well, and not waste it procrastinating about whats most important to get done (we all do it – spend so much time trying to work out how to best use the time that we end up wasting it entirely!) I decided that going forward I would highlight on my TO DO list anything that could be done quickly and easily in 5 mins or less – so that I always had something to do thats useful and that I know needs doing!
These things are things that aren’t urgent, but would make all the difference to my home life if they were done. They are the things that seem insignificant but can make life easier in the long run.
OK OK – so we don’t all have “spare” time, but if you really start to think about how you are using your time, I am convinced that everyone can find a spare few minutes each day. What about when you are waiting for a kettle to boil, a bath to run, tea to cook, washing to finish in the machine etc…. – what could be wasted time that seems too small to do anything with can actually be put to great use, and you will feel that you have got somewhere each day if you can fit one of these into most days – I challenge you to try!
Heres my list so far – what else can you think of?!
Collect from around the house and create a spare change pot to put it in (close to the entrance is a great idea if you have a man in the house who likes to empty his pockets as soon as he comes through the door!) – you can bank this at the end of each month (within your specified ERRANDS time slot!) and you’ll be surprised at how much gets collected! I use this to pay for treats such as takeaways, or even holidays if you can wait and let it build up! (Last year we collected about £250 in loose change – incredible!)
Look after the pennies and the pounds take care of themselves
Have a quick walk around the house with a bin bag and see how much you can fill it – even in the most organised of houses you can find loads (magazines that have just been finished, bins that need emptying, broken items, clothes that are unwearable, old toiletry bottles etc….) – basically obvious rubbish!
Start a pile and have the shredder in a convenient place so that its easy to get lots done in one go
Start a pile as with the shredding – and again its quicker to get a bit done in one go if you have a backlog (once you get on top of this its easiest to do it as you go and have your filing cabinet close to hand)
Go through one and see whether you really do need everything in it! We often create new email folders in an attempt to be more organised, whereas in actual fact, if not used correctly, the folders can simply become a dumping ground for emails we want out of sight of our inbox.
As with paper filing, really start to consider whether you actually will ever need a certain email again. When you start to go through your folders and see what you have in there you will no doubt be shocked!
How frustrating is it when you need a pen, find one, only to try writing and find its run out of ink!. Pens that don’t work are a pain and a big time waster. If you spend 5 minsutes gathering all the pens in your home into one pot or drawer, and only keep the ones that actually work, you will find it pays dividends on a regular basis.
Sort out your handbag – take out any expired vouchers in your purse, old receipts and paperwork no longer required, put loose change in your new change pot (!), and generally make the bag a nicer thing to carry around (and lighter!)
Purge a Drawer or Cupboard
Go through a drawer or cupboard and see whats there, should it all be there, can anything be moved or got rid of – and simply tidy if required.
Go through your hall cupboard and check that all coats and shoes are suitable for the current season – move out if not, and ensure that everything is easy to find
A quick purge of your kitchen cupboards will ensure things are in date still (if close to being out of date move to the front so you eat them in time!)
DVDs and CDs
Alphabetise so you can find what you want more quickly – and check that everything is in the correct box so theres no frustration when you come to play something only to find its not there.
Any piles of magazines can be lessened by going through a couple at a time to rip out any articles you want to keep, and then recycling or giving to someone else to read.
Writing up a liked recipe into your own recipe book – creating a fail safe place to find your loved recipes
Keeping in Touch
Either a quick text, an email, a phone call – to arrange to meet or simply to say hi.
This may seem a very calculated and cold way of keeping contact with people, but so many of us let life get in the way – and are constantly shocked at how long ago it was that we last had contact with certain people.
Make some money online!
Selling on ebay or similar places can be a great way of getting rid of unwanted stuff but making some money in the process.
Go through your home and collect together anything that fits the bill, then spend 5 mins adding each one onto the site.
If you are worried that larger items could be a hassle, especially if items are too big to post, a big draw for me with this is that people will come and take things away for you – so even if an old coffee table only sells for 1p, the buyer has to collect it and you are clutter free with no hassle about getting rid of it yourself! What a bonus!
Simply go to your car with a plastic bag and fill with any rubbish that has built up. Also take out any coats, bags etc… that have been left in the car.
Clearing it out like this makes sense, not only for you to be able to feel calmer when driving, but also will save petrol as the car won’t be as heavy (specifically true for larger items that you have left in the boot for as long as you can remember!)
Take a Break!
Simply do nothing for 5 mins, breathe deeply and relax – you will feel energised! (its not all hard work!) . Actually focussing on relaxation will do you the world of good!
Its amazing at how much can be achieved in such a short space of time, and if you constantly do the little things, you home and life will change beyond belief!
Remember – its the little things that count!
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