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[personal profile] brownbetty posting in [community profile] homeeconomics101
Although my mother has told me plenty of things that were useful, (and plenty of things I've ignored, sorry mom) one thing she told me that was exponentially more useful than it seemed on the surface was this:

Whenever you are standing in the kitchen waiting for something: the microwave, the toaster, the kettle, etc., tidy while you wait. Put away the dishes in the rack, wipe a counter, or just close the cupboard doors that seem to magically open themselves.

This seems both self-evident and tedious, but the truth is, tidying done in this manner, in two and three minute bursts, achieves a lot more than expected, and hardly registers on one's consciousness. The general effect is rather like having one's kitchen kept clean by kitchen fairies.

My question: Have you any tips to share, either general household, or whatever, that proved to be more useful than you expected?

Date: 2011-12-14 08:14 pm (UTC)
geeksdoitbetter: (Default)
From: [personal profile] geeksdoitbetter
i like the whole "take something with you" plan

i'll take whatever from the living room and drop it in the bedroom on the way to the bathroom

Date: 2011-12-14 08:22 pm (UTC)
spaceoperadiva: little jellical cat in a sink (Default)
From: [personal profile] spaceoperadiva
I did this very thing this morning. Put away the dishes while waiting on the tea kettle.

Date: 2011-12-14 09:19 pm (UTC)
sid: (Sid ornament)
From: [personal profile] sid
Same with me, only with the microwave. :-)

Date: 2011-12-14 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] twospots
This one, the "take something with you," and "don't sit down for for the first five minutes after you get home." I am really bad at doing the last one, but it's a really good way to prevent the build up of lunch containers in the hallway, etc. When I do manage to do it, I usually end up doing 15-20 minutes of tidying, and then go straight on to dinner or whatever I'm supposed to be doing next. My evenings end up way more productive.

Date: 2011-12-14 09:18 pm (UTC)
sid: (Sid crystal blue)
From: [personal profile] sid
That second tip is such a good one. *nods* It works at the other end of the day, too. Most mornings I'm headed straight for the computer, but I try to at least get the bedroom and bathroom tidied up first. If I keep going I'll get the kitchen squared away (whether stacking dirty dishes or putting away clean ones) and my plants misted. By then I need to sit and rest my back, but if I can continue to avoid the siren call of the computer and just spend a few minutes going through coupons, filing my nails, or planning menus I'm good to go again, tackling dishes or laundry or trash/recycling.

By the time I settle in with email and Dreamwidth and all my other daily clicks, my day is well underway.

Of course I only know what a great tip this is because I don't live up to it often enough. *g* Once I plop down at the desk, it's sooooo hard to get moving again!

Date: 2011-12-14 10:57 pm (UTC)
jest: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jest
"don't sit down for for the first five minutes after you get home."

I need to make this a rule to live by. If I let myself flop on the couch when I get home from work, I'll not get anything else done all evening and feel like a failure come bedtime, but if I can make myself go out for a run right away then I get a second burst of energy that will carry me all the way to bedtime at which point I got to sleep feeling pleased with myself.

Still, the urge to sit down after work is SO hard to resist. *g*

Date: 2011-12-16 02:55 am (UTC)
sid: (Sid tree)
From: [personal profile] sid
We are SO not perfect. *sigh* :-)

Date: 2011-12-14 09:00 pm (UTC)
sid: (cooking Whisk)
From: [personal profile] sid
I like the tip about cleaning up as you go when you're working in the kitchen. My first reaction to the idea was that there was no time for such nonsense, I was much too busy, clean one thing but then two more get dirty so might as well wait, etc.

But in practice, when that hot soapy water is ready and waiting for you, it only takes seconds to wash out a big mixing bowl or give the cutting board a scrub or wash measuring cups or spoons. And it's so nice not to have a kitchen that looks like it exploded. *g*

Date: 2011-12-15 05:09 am (UTC)
freya46: (Default)
From: [personal profile] freya46
I generally start any REAL (messy) cooking with a large bowl filled with hot soapy water. As I cook, stuff goes into the bowl or sink. Once the major part is done, I'll clean the dishes/utensils. The only thing that should be dirty at the end of the cooking is the final pot. -)

My biggest problem is getting anything done elsewhere. I get distracted too easily and I'm a natural born slob. But I keep trying. :-)

Date: 2011-12-15 06:41 am (UTC)
green_grrl: (Default)
From: [personal profile] green_grrl
My trick for getting things done without noticing is to do dishes and laundry while I talk on the phone. I'm mentally with whichever friend or family member I'm talking to, and the chores get done on autopilot. It's pretty much Pavlovian now that when the phone rings and it's a friend's number I'll grab the handset and head for the sink!

Date: 2011-12-15 08:20 am (UTC)
lauredhel: soap with a goddess figure on it (soaplily)
From: [personal profile] lauredhel
I do a similar thing with tedious, repetitive jobs like sitting cutting vegetables, or making fruit platters, or trimming & labelling soap, or wrapping Xmas presents: I listen to podcasts or audiobooks. Something about the way they engage my brain makes them much more useful than listening to music.

Date: 2011-12-16 03:00 am (UTC)
sid: (Sid ornament)
From: [personal profile] sid
Music OR podcasts work well for me as far as invigorating me while I work. But when podcasts are stacking up on my MP3 player, I feel like I'm killing two to-do birds with one stone when I listen to them while getting chores done. It gives me extra oomph. :-)

Date: 2011-12-15 09:51 pm (UTC)
spaceoperadiva: little jellical cat in a sink (Default)
From: [personal profile] spaceoperadiva
I fold laundry while watching series shows on Netflix that I don't allow myself to watch any other time. Makes me way more motivated to do and fold laundry!

Date: 2011-12-16 03:03 am (UTC)
sid: (Christmas candles)
From: [personal profile] sid
That's great will power! And an excellent plan.

Date: 2011-12-24 08:51 pm (UTC)
wenchpixie: (stock christmas baubles)
From: [personal profile] wenchpixie
I do a three minute square-away during the advert breaks... SOMETIMES ;)- it's amazing how much you can get done in just that wee short space of time.


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