Take a regular old-fashioned egg-timer or just
use your alarm clock. Set it for ONLY five minutes.
THE MISSION : To see how much
straightening the family can do before the bell rings. Assign
all tasks before the clock starts ticking.
Time, Energy & Money!
- Mommy is in charge of things that go into the garbage.
- My son is in charge of toys.
- My daughter is in charge of putting clothes & shoes
- The baby is in charge of putting away books and
- Daddy is in charge of the timer and picking the
special treat when we're done.
You ought to see the kids scamper. Even after the bell rings they
scurry along trying to finish up tasks. During the five minutes,
occasional “turf wars” erupt like “Hey! I'm in charge of books, and
you put one away!” Or “I finished all the clothes; can I help put
away toys?” Then everyone converges on Big Dan to see what treat
he'll select. It can be anything from riding bikes, to watering plants
outside with the hose to ice cream cones. It's amazing what a family
can accomplish in five minutes. The time-frame is short enough to
make it challenging and hold their interest, yet long enough to make
a difference in the housework. Try it and see!
2. Time & Energy:
Aluminum Foil should be your best friend when cooking something
in the oven. Anything from Cookies, to meats, or lasagna will be
made better by lining the pan, pot or cookie sheet with aluminum
foil. Then when you're done with your meal, clean up is a snap! Your
food sticks to the foil not the pan. Just toss the aluminum foil,
rinse your pan and you're done! No scrubbing or soaking required.
3. Time & Energy:
Get each member of your family a twelve pack of same color, same
logo/stripe socks. Pick a different color stripe or logo for each
person's twelve-pack. For example:
- My husband wears: white ankle socks with blue & red
- My son wears white ankle socks with blue logo
- My daughter wears white eyelet ankle socks
- I wear ankle socks with black logo
- The baby wears white no-slip baby socks
Next, (and this is important) bag, donate or throw away all the
other socks in your home. From now on, sorting the laundry will be
a total breeze! It will save oodles of time and energy because each
sock you pull out of the dryer will have twenty three other socks
that match it. No more fishing around for the dryer or laundry basket
for the one precise sock matching sock. Added bonus: The maximum
number of mismatched socks we can possibly have in our house is 5
at any given time.
Create cubbies using an old bookshelf or milk crates with each family
member's name on their cubby. Put the shelf right next to your dryer.
Now as clothing is removed from the dryer it can be folded and placed
in the cubby of the appropriate person. This automatically sorts
clothes with no extra effort. Cubbies stay organized so much better
than baskets or bags.
5. Time & Money
Never have any time to read a book, take a class, learn a foreign
language or even study the Bible? Get audio books for your commute.
There are people who have learned a new language and gotten degrees,
higher paying jobs etc. just by listening to books on tape, CD or
6. Time & Money
Give the free grocery delivery option a try if available at your
area grocery store. You can schedule a delivery time that works for
your schedule, send them your shopping list and viola! Your groceries
come to you. If anything is less than fresh or doesn't meet your
approval, most stores refund your money with no hassle. You have
nothing to lose and everything to gain.
7. Time & Money
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