20 ways to speed through chores
Make a checklist
"I made a spreadsheet of the grocery items I buy regularly. The first column lists the items, the second lists whether I need them, and the third I use to check things off as I buy them."
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Minor shortcuts that save time
"Ask your family to button buttons, zip zippers, and turn socks right-side out before they put their dirty clothes in the hamper, to cut down on folding time."
Involve your kids
"Have your little ones practice their ABC's by asking them to alphabetize your spice rack. Then you won't have to dig around for what you need."
Keep cleaning supplies within reach
"I borrow my husband's tool belt and fill the pockets and loops with sponges, spray bottles, dust cloths, and even the cordless telephone. Now I fly through cleaning because I have everything I need within quick reach."
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"Fold and smooth out jeans and T-shirts as soon as you take them out of the dryer (while they're still warm), and you'll save time on ironing."
Quick and easy dishwasher unloading
"When putting silverware into the dishwasher, group knives, forks, and spoons together. This makes unloading go much quicker."
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Double up on duties
"I always double up on duties: I unload the dishwasher while I talk on the phone, vacuum the rugs while the washing machine is running, and soak pans in soapy water while our dinner is cooking."
Say goodbye to weekend shopping
"On my lunch hour, I dash to the grocery store and pick up nonperishables, such as paper towels, soap, cereal, and canned soups, to make my weekend shopping trip go much quicker."
Easy trick for sticky sauces
"Before trying to remove cheese or sticky sauces from a pan, soak it in cold water, not hot. Cold water hardens the goo, causing it to loosen from the pan and making it much easier to scrub off."