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15 chores you can tackle in 15 minutes or less

Monday, June 30, 2014


Summer is such a fun season. We wait for it all year, planning and dreaming of those long, hot summer days and what we’ll do in them.

Swimming
Traveling
Enjoying summer fruits
Picnics
BBQ’s
Bonfires
Sleepovers
Gardening



The one thing we don’t plan and dream of is summer chores. I don’t know about you, but at my house, once the kids are out of school my chore time increases. From sticky kitchen tables and counters to the ever present need to sweep up tracked in grass and dirt, I felt like I could not keep up until I made this one simple change. 

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I take a break from work every 30 minutes or so and do a quick chore. Taking these mini-breaks helps me be more productive, helps increase my energy while decreasing my seat time and helps lessen my chore list when I do switch gears and stop working for the day. You’d be surprised how much you can get done in 10 - 15 minutes! 

Here are 15 quick chores that I do. Feel free to copy my list to get you started.


  1. Fold a load of laundry, put it away and start a new one.
  2. Sweep the kitchen and mud room floor.
  3. Wipe down bathroom counters and mirrors.
  4. Water plants on front porch.
  5. Clean out trash in car.
  6. Go through mail and recycle junk mail.
  7. Dead head flowers and pinch back herbs.
  8. Check pantry supplies for weekly meal plan.
  9. Dust a room and put away discarded items.
  10. Unload dishwasher.
  11. Wipe down kitchen table and chairs.
  12. Clean out Frig drawers.
  13. Clean photo frames in the hall.
  14. Update coupons.
  15. Wipe down glass doors.


If you work away from home all day, you can still use this list to tackle your chores. Taking a break every 30 minutes to do something you enjoy like sipping a cool drink while reading will help you feel re-energized once you do return to your chore list. 

Be sure to delegate some of your chores to your kids if they are old enough and especially if they find you mid-task and tell you they are bored! I always find a task my daughters can handle. Just remember to be good to yourself and step away from work too so you can fully enjoy this special season.


Please share in comments: If you could wish away one household chore forever, what would it be? For me, it’s cleaning showers!

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23 Responses to “15 chores you can tackle in 15 minutes or less ”

Daisy Bryce said...

I like your list because my little boy does not want to help with housework to the point that it's easier to do everything myself. I bet that if I gave him some quick options to choose from, he wouldn't feel overwhelmed and would be more willing to *happily* help out. He could definitely wipe off bathroom counters and small tasks like that.

Yona Williams said...

Dusting...I wish it would just magically handle itself.

Linda Kinsman said...

Hi Yona,

I would gladly do your dusting for you if you could clan my showers!

Linda Kinsman said...

Hi Daisy,

So glad my list was helpful to you. I started my youngest daughter off with small tasks too and she liked helping. So much so that I still ask her to do small tasks so she doesn't become frustrated.

Barb Webb said...

I really love how you've broken this down into short segments of very manageable tasks! Sometimes I get so overwhelmed when I think about the amount of stuff that's piling up. It's far nicer to think about taking 15 minutes to get a chore done and then doing another later. Thanks for the inspiration!

Linda Kinsman said...

Hi Barb,

I am happy you found my list helpful. Feeling overwhelmed by chores and tasks led me to re-think my approach.

mymcbooks said...

Wow!

Ella

Dede said...

I do this as well. Having a list makes chores seem so much more manageable. My least favorite chore...probably putting away the laundry!

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I hate doing housework so I love anything that will make my life easier and cut down on cleaning time. My least favorite chore is folding laundry.

MikiHope said...

This does sound like a good way to get those chores done and to get me off this chair!

Kat @ Inspiration CAN be Found Everywhere said...

Housework is NOT anywhere near the top of my list of things I want to do so this is perfect. Maybe just maybe if I print it out and put it on the fridge others will think about doing one or two since its only 15 minutes ... well I can always "hope"

Maria said...

I need to do laundry right now! Really dreading it!

Jennifer said...

Great list! If I could wish away mopping for good, I most certainly would! No doubt!

Lexie Lane said...

I clean real slowly! I take forever to fold laundry! lol!

Rebecca Swenor said...

This is a great idea and I love the list. You came up with a way of being very productive. Thanks for sharing.

Linda Kinsman said...

Hi Dede,

Lists are our friends, aren't they? I see folding/putting away laundry popping up in the comments, so you are not alone.

Linda Kinsman said...

Hi Maria,

Housework can be a thankless job at times for sure.

Linda Kinsman said...

Hi Miki,

I hope my list will help you too.

Linda Kinsman said...

Hi Kat,

I like your idea of putting this list on the frig to see if anybody helps you. Let me know if that works for you!

Linda Kinsman said...

Hi Maria,
I feel like if I don't do at least 2 loads of laundry a day, I'm doomed.

Linda Kinsman said...

Hi Jennifer,
Thank you! Mopping is a tough chore, but think of all the cardio you are getting while mopping. :)

Linda Kinsman said...

Lexie,

This chore list will help you speed up a little.

Linda Kinsman said...

Hi Rebecca,

I'm happy you like my list. I hope you can add to your productivity.

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