What to do if you have 5 minutes?

She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. vs. 27

What do you do if you have 5 minutes? Take a nap? (you wish!) Sit there and wait on the next scheduled event to begin? Waste time? Do nothing?

Well, in a 5 minute time period, you can actually get a lot done!  Do you ever look at your to-do list and think, “Gosh, I have so many emails to respond to, phone calls to make, things that need to be cleaned, clothes that need to be put away, meals to be planned, and I still have to go to work/school all day!”

Yep, that’s pretty much an every day thought for me.

Over the years I have developed a level of productivity that helps me “get stuff done” in just a little bit of time. If you respond to all of those emails and do all of those residual tasks at once, it could take up to an hour. And you may not have that kind of time in a day. And if you do, it’s whenever you come home after a long day and simply to kick your shoes off and prop your feet up. So the solution is this: Use 5 minutes to do one/two of those small tasks. Not all of these are “not fun” tasks either. Read on, and you shall see!

Side note: The way you can keep a straightened/clean home is through prevention. Whenever you see something that needs to be picked up, just do it. Most of the time it takes less than a minute.

Another side note: If you do these small tasks around the house and at your office during your 5 minute breaks, whenever you have a big project, paper, or etc.. you have to complete, you won’t feel the need to clean up before you can begin. Trust me, I know how that feels too…I often feel like I have to have a clean home before I can type a paper. Well, guess what? That means I am procrastinating from the task at hand. Yes, I am being generally productive but really avoiding the my goal that I set out to accomplish in the first place. While it may be helpful to get it clean so you can focus, I have learned that not every task will always get done. So if you use the 5 minutes you have here and there to get these small tasks done, it will hopefully eliminate some of those tendencies to want to clean while needing to do something else, since it’s already done! 

So here are some tasks that you can do if you have 5 minutes at any point in your day:

1. Unload the dishwasher

2. Grab the windex (or your homemade cleaning remedy…click here to learn more about home remedy products) and wipe down your bathroom sink. I’m sure it needs it.

3. Make a phone call. Not to your long distant Aunt of course…give her a little more time in your day.

4. Respond to a few emails.

5. Start the washer or dryer.

6. Sweep your floor. You’d be surprised what’s on it.

7. Straighten your office desk.

8. Wipe down the inside of your car. You know it’s been a while since that interior has been free of dust.

9. Read a blog post. Becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman is good one to check out 😉

10. Watch a funny youtube video. Preferably about cute kittens. Hey, not everything has to be productive, right? And everyone could use a little pick-me-up during the day.

11. Go through your mail. Sort it. Throw away your bills….just kidding.

12. Take out the trash.

13. Send an encouraging text to a friend! Taking time to build relationships with others is just as important as checking stuff off of your to-do list.

15. Throw dinner in the crock pot.

16. Make your bed.

17. Read the Bible. I like to get on Bible Gateway and look up the verse of the day and think on that for a bit.

18. Sit down. Yes, you are allowed to do that. While this post seems all about productivity, sometimes simplicity allows for more productivity. And sometimes rest is just way more important than completing your tasks.

What are some of the tasks you are able to accomplish if you have 5 minutes? 

* This is part of the Cozy Home Scenes link party.

homemade soap giveaway.

She makes linen garments and sells them..vs. 24a

Today is a special kinda day. Our first giveaway! Yep, this is something that benefits you. If you liked the post  Saving Money and Being Green with Cleaning, then you will like this! That sweet, crafty friend of mine is donating homemade soap to give to one of my readers!

Amy does a great job at making this soap. She is currently working on starting her own company called Kaia Bear Soap Co. I use this soap on my face every night, and I love it! Makes it as soft as a baby’s botttom….well, close enough.

So now you just have to enter the giveaway! I will be announcing it in a few posts who wins the soap. Then we can communicate via email, and I will mail it to you.

To enter: 

(You must do these three things).

1. Subscribe to my blog via email. You can do that on the homepage, right side of the page.

2. “Like” Becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman on facebook.

3. Visit Amy’s blog…A Blossoming Life. Then leave me a comment on this post with your email address (in case you win), and let me know what post you liked on her blog.

So, let’s do this! I am ready to give some away.

This was part of the Homestead Barn Hop.  😀

saving money and being green with cleaning.

She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. vs. 13

One of my best friends, Amy, has a blog called A Blossoming Life. She’s a super crafty gal who can make home remedies like nobody’s business. Well, today is a special day because she is my guest blogger! Show her some love by not only giving feedback below but also visiting her blog. Today she is giving us some tips on…Saving Money and Being Green with Cleaning.

Something about creating your own products is so satisfying.  Maybe it’s the fact that I don’t have to buy them in the store or I know I am helping the environment. Probably most of all I am saving money and who doesn’t like to save money?

There are so many great reasons to make homemade products.

  1. So much cheaper
  2. Eco friendly- you use less packaging and usually doesn’t contain harmful chemicals.
  3. Great if your allergic to everything under the sun (like me)
  4. Chemicals like Windex and many more, can cause asthma
  5. Fragrance added to cleaners are not good for you or your pets (especially birds)

Try not to use paper towels! One, they cost a ton of money over a period of time. We keep paper towels around for emergencies. I think we bought (or someone gave us) some rolls before we got married and we still have them. Two, think about all the unnecessary trash created by paper towel waste.

  • Instead use rags, towels, microfiber clothes, and old t-shirts (just cut them up). Once they’re dirty just throw them in the wash.

All Purpose Cleaner

  • Mix one part water with one part vinegar. You can add a few drops of essential oil. Tea tree oil is an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and an antiseptic.

Bathroom Scrub

  • Mix baking soda with Dawn or another brand. This works great for cleaning the tub or tough spots on the countertops.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 washing soda
  • 1 bar of soap (ivory, anything cheap, or they also make a laundry soap called ZOTE or fels-naptha)

Grate bar of soap with fine cheese grater. Mix in borax and washing soda. That’s it!

To use: add 1-2 tbs of detergent to each load before putting in clothes to make sure it dissolves
Side note: if you want a finer texture you can run through the food processor or blender.

 Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

  • 2 cups Borax
  • 2 cups Washing soda
  • 4 packets of sugar free lemonade Kool-aid (or you can use citric acid)

Mix all ingredients together and keep in some kind of container. It could be a super cute old mason jar like mine 🙂 or just an empty detergent box you have.

To use: Place 1 Tbs in the pre-wash (open cup) and 1 Tbs in the main wash (closed cup). I found it to work better with one small squirt of Dawn or some other brand in the main wash

These are just some of the ways my husband and I save money by using homemade products! It is so simple and fun!

-Amy Knight, author of A Blossoming Life.