One of these tips is with dishes. Have you ever timed yourself loading or unloading the dishwasher? It really only takes a few minutes I've found. Loading takes maybe 5-10 minutes (depending on how caked-on I've allowed food to get on everything) and unloading takes less than 5 minutes. So in total unloading and loading together should only take 10-15 minutes (well, unless you are my hubby, who has to scrub clean each dish first. What's the point of even putting them in the dishwasher if you already clean them?!). Anyway, so what I do when I need to load/unload is wait until I'm already cooking something in the kitchen. Then during the time I'm waiting for the water to boil, microwave to finish, or pudding to chill in the fridge, I use that few minutes to do some dishes.
Just this morning as I was microwaving my instant oatmeal I unloaded the dishwasher. It took about 3 minutes, which was perfect as the oatmeal cooked 1.5 minutes then I got to let it sit and cool down another 1.5 minutes. This is great because then you aren't just wasting those few minutes waiting, and you don't have to disturb your
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I swear to you I almost posted the EXACT same thing even down to the detail of waiting for my oatmeal to cook. I do this with waffles too! It is fun to try to beat the clock (or appliance).
Btw, I love your Procrastinator's Unite avatar--too funny, but true.
LOL Jen, sorry if I stole your idea :D
I just had to post to say your cross-outs of "blogging" made me giggle. Hee hee!
I have been better about dishes lately! I manage to clean up breakfast dishes immediately (I hate trying to chisel off hardened-on oatmeal!) almost every day. If only I had the energy to do it after the other meals, too! Baby steps, right?
Hardened oatmeal is the worst! I do dishes slightly differently.
Step 1: Go to 7 year old's room.
Step 2: Tell 7 year old to unload and reload the dishwasher.
Step 3: Return to blogging.
In a few years, you'll have a 7 year old too!! :) Until then though - unloading during cooking times - definately a FANTASTIC plan!! :)
Of course, everything should halt when something needs to be blogged about! :)
I like your idea of using every minute instead of waiting for the oatmeal. I'll have to try that tomorrow morning!
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