Sometimes, tasks pile up. It can feel SO overwhelming! When we are busy, stressed or even depressed, housework can take a backseat. And then, before we know it, we’re completely overwhelmed . There is too much work to do to get our home up to snuff. That’s where the One-Minute Rule comes in!

The One-Minute Rule is simple: if you notice a task that will take LESS THAN ONE MINUTE to complete, you just do it. It’s that easy. No muss, no fuss. Just one easy minute out of your day and you can get on with whatever else you were concentrating on.

The beauty of the One-Minute Rule is that it helps you feel accomplished for doing something that literally takes 0.069% of your day. The more tasks you recognize as taking only a minute, the easier they all become. Sure, it’s easy to procrastinate. But isn’t it also easy to do something very small that makes your life a little bit better?

Some examples of One Minute tasks include, but are not limited to:

-picking something off the floor and putting it where it needs to be

-taking out the trash (yes, it’s gross and you have to wash your hands afterward- but it really doesn’t take much more than a minute of your time!)

-clearing the table after dinner

-loading the dishwasher

-unloading the dishwasher

-wiping down a mirror if you notice it’s dirty

-wiping down a counter

-watering your plants (I admit- I have to have a twice-weekly reminder to do so. But as soon as that reminder pops up, my plants get watered!)

-wiping up a spill

-throwing out the old food from your fridge

-changing the towels

-making your bed (OK I admit I never do this, but some people swear by it!)


If you start to make these little, 60-second tasks a part of your daily routine, I promise you’ll be so happy with the results! Your home will be cleaner with very little effort on your part, and you’ll feel SO MUCH better. Go ahead- try it out! Instead of thinking of small tasks as daunting and annoying, just get them done and then you don’t have to think about them anymore! Bing Bang Boom- you’ve got a cleaner room.


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