Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom
Last week, I wrote a post praising the wonderful feeling of getting old to-dos done. As I suspected, I was not alone in 1) having pletny of old to-dos that needed to be done and 2) in being overjoyed at how quickly many of them could be accomplished. That made me wonder: How long does (fill in the blank unpleasant chore) really take to do. Here are some of my results:
- 1 second – Time to put keys in the same place every time I enter the house.
- 7 seconds – Time to put shoes into shoe cubby and close closet door.
- 17 seconds – Time to hang sweater on hanger, with one button fastened so it won’t fall off, and close the closet door.
- 30 seconds to 2 minutes – Time to process the mail upon retrieving it from the post box. I immediately recycle the junk, shred the private, and put any bills or to-dos on the top of my in-box.
- 1 minute – Time to make the bed, poorly OR 1 min, 40 seconds – time to make the bed well.
- 1 minute – Time it takes to get more hangers from the bedroom, rather than stacking the laundry neatly on the side of the basket to be hung later.
- 2 minutes – The time it took me to get the broom and dustpan, quickly sweep the kitchen, and return the tools to the laundry room. ALSO the time it takes for a cup of tea to heat.
- 5 minutes – The time it took my daughter to floss and brush her teeth and me to clean one shelf in the medicine cabinet. Times 3 nights and the whole cabinet was cleaned and organized.
- 11 minutes – Time to fold a mixed load of laundry: half folded, half hanging.
- 17 minutes – Time to fold a basket of laundry that was mostly small things: socks, panties, and napkins.
I challenge you to do something that you’ve been putting off and see how long it really takes for your “boring” / “nasty” / “overwhelming” to-do to get done.
Today’s Mini Mission
This one is a no-brainer really. Even less perishable food has some sort of used by date. So if you have something in the pantry or freezer that hasn’t been used in a long time find a recipe to use it up on. You never know you might just stumble upon a recipe that will end up in your regular rotation this way.
Eco Tip for the Day
Secondhand clothes aren’t just for those who can’t afford new. Daily Lime reminded their readers yesterday that it is a good idea to source secondhand school uniforms. Kids often grow out of their clothes before they wear them out so why not circulate them. Consider organising a uniform swap at your school at the beginning of the school year.
It matters not how fast I go I hurry faster when I’m slow