The One Minute Rule + 40 Tasks in One Minute or Less

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If you find yourself frustrated because your house is a mess and you can’t ever catch up, this idea will be life-changing. The one-minute rule is so simple it will blow your mind. In fact, it’s the perfect solution for those of you who struggle with procrastination. This one simple rule can make your life as a homemaker so much easier!

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30 Days Of Intentional Homemaking: Day 16

Families need women who make home a special place to live, learn, and grow. There is no other job that presents as many opportunities for shaping (for the good or the bad) the future of our country – of our world – than that of a homemaker.

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Each of us is a homemaker. Whether you work outside the home or stay home full time, you are a homemaker. Whether you live with a big boisterous family or it’s just you and a couple of children – or just you and your husband – or even just you -, you are a homemaker. We’ve all been called to the ministry of homemaking.

You can find the rest of this series here.

➡️ Get today’s workbook here.

It’s 3:30 in the afternoon and you just walked in the door with your kids from school. You step over the shoes and backpacks piled by the door where the kids unloaded and took off to their rooms. You toss the mail on the kitchen counter and look around at the stack of magazines on the dining room table you forgot to recycle and you exhale, trying to release the tension in your neck.

The kids go running through the house laughing and screaming and rush past you back out the door to go play in the yard. You start to yell at them to come move their stuff on the floor but somehow it seems easier to just enjoy the quiet for a few minutes.

It’s almost time to start supper, and you have a little time to get something done. You want to be productive. The house is cluttered but you know you need to get rid of the clutter but you don’t even know where to start.

I know exactly how it feels. This simple trick you’ll learn today may just well change your life. 

The One Minute Rule for Homemaking

We’ve talked about self-discipline and creating good habits. If you feel overwhelmed by your messy house, you probably struggle with procrastination.

I remember when I was a young wife and mother and in all honesty, I would have rather been doing anything other than cleaning the house. But, I had a bad habit of putting off tasks and chores until they absolutely had to be done because, well either we were out of clean dishes or out of clean laundry.

I didn’t understand how to be an effective homemaker.

This simple trick will help you get more done in less time and you won’t even feel like you were working.

related: How to Clean When You Feel Overwhelmed

What is the One Minute Rule?

I’m glad you asked. Here’s how it works.

If a task takes less than a minute to complete, go ahead and do it right now.

Here’s the thing. If you want a neat house, you can’t keep procrastinating housekeeping tasks. You have to cultivate some self-discipline and the one-minute rule is the perfect way to start working on that self-discipline. The one-minute rule tricks you into forgoing laziness in favor of just getting it done.

Think about it this way. There are so many housekeeping tasks that when done right away only take seconds. For instance, washing your batter bowl in the morning immediately after making muffins {while they are still in the oven} means that you can easily wash away the batter. You know why? Because it hasn’t turned into a crusty mess that will later require soaking, scrubbing, and extra elbow grease.

related: The House that Cleans Itself by Mindy Starns Clark

No more procrastinating. 

The problem with procrastinating is this: we train ourselves to believe that a task is difficult and painful to complete. You know why? Because we put it off and make it more difficult and painful than it needs to be!!!

Look around your house right now. How much of the mess could have been prevented if you had just done the task immediately.

  • Dirty laundry on the floor.
  • An unmade bed.
  • Shoes piled by the door.
  • Breakfast dishes in the sink.
  • Half drunk coffee on the table.
  • Trash overflowing in the trash can.

Now, imagine what life would be like if you just stopped procrastinating and followed the one-minute rule. When you notice a simple task that could be done in less than a minute, do it right then.

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The One Minute Rule in Action

Here is a list of 40 things you can do in less than one minute… meaning you are practicing self-discipline!

  1. rinse a dish
  2. put away your shoes
  3. hang up your coat
  4. sort through the day’s mail
  5. replace the toilet paper
  6. make your bed
  7. put your dirty laundry in the hamper
  8. start a load of clothes in the wash
  9. load the dishwasher
  10. wipe off the table
  11. water your plants
  12. empty a trash can
  13. wipe down the bathroom sink
  14. close a drawer or cupboard door
  15. sweep the porch
  16. fluff the pillows on the couch
  17. straighten the coffee table
  18. clear a kitchen counter
  19. put away something in the other room
  20. throw out old food from the fridge
  21. wipe down a shelf in the fridge
  22. wipe up a spill when it happens
  23. switch laundry into the dryer
  24. clean out your purse
  25. hang up your towel after showering
  26. dust your tv screen
  27. dust the cobwebs
  28. clean a mirror
  29. replace a burned-out light bulb
  30. clean the stovetop
  31. make the kitchen sink shine
  32. change out the bathroom towels
  33. check your planner
  34. clean a toilet
  35. put away clean clothes
  36. turn on your essential oil diffuser
  37. light some candles
  38. sweep the kitchen
  39. wash a pot as soon as you’re done cooking in it
  40. spray shower with daily shower spray

Action Steps to Take Today

  1. Pray and ask God to show you areas in your home where you could work more efficiently thereby making your life as a homemaker easier.
  2. Think about regular tasks that you perform on a daily basis that would only take a minute or two if you did them immediately.
  3. Get today’s workbook pages and fill out the worksheet.
  4. And finally, grab my free printable One Minute Rule Cheat Sheet below, if desired.

Free Printable Cheat Sheet

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  1. Thank you. I need easy reminders as I work full time and a family. Easy part I also have fibromyalgia and meniers and chronic fatigue syndrome Thanks
  2. this is for Tiffany - i too have fibromyalgia and also arthritis. I'm 76 and i don't know how you do it - being a working mum. Ii found the 1 minute list an eye opener. I don't have to do it all NOW. i can break it up into little chunks. (I think it's called pacing myself.) I do know what it's like to be so tired you can't be bothered to eat. Good luck and best wishes.