Mindful Monday: Chip away at those extra elusive little chores!

June 1, 2015
chip away, pruning, gardening

chip away, pruning, gardening

This post is Part 5 of a 10 part series that is an extension of this post I wrote on the subject of the importance of introducing some regular Digital Detox time in our lives. In that post I listed 10 Good Reasons to introduce regular Digital Detox time into our lives. Each week for 10 weeks I will expand a little on each of those 10 reasons listed.  If you haven’t already, you might like to check out:  Part 1 – De-Clutter Your Mind, Part 2 – Reconnect to the Present, Part 3 – Conduct a Self-Audit and Part 4Get Outdoors in Nature. This week we look at:


We all get in the routine of doing those ‘must do’ chores around the house, almost on auto-pilot.  Jobs such as:

  • washing up
  • laundry
  • making beds
  • dishwasher – unstack & restack
  • cooking meals
  • vacuum, mop and quick tidy up

And we all usually have this annoying little guilt thing going on over a pile of chores that we never seem to get to.  Things like:

  • cleaning windows
  • replacing a dead pot plant
  • sorting and tidying your linen cupboard
  • painting a piece of furniture
  • cleaning out the oven
  • weeding the garden

If we could put together a list of those little jobs that we never seem to get to, that annoys the heck out of us, and then during some of our Digital Detox time we chipped away at one at a time ticking them off as we go, how fabulous would that feel?!!  Productivity!  Efficient use of time!  Achievement!  Woohoo – feels so good!  You could set a goal – one thing ticked off that list per month, or maybe you want to go fortnightly or even weekly!

Well known blogger BabyMac is a girl after my own heart – particularly when I saw that she started her ‘ONE THING‘ series!  You’ll see some great examples over on her blog of some of those little jobs that she never seemed to get done but that she chipped away at.  Her ‘one thing’ at a time!

What would your list look like?  What chores lie awaiting attention at your house?  Does productivity, efficient use of time and achievement float your boat too?

Ciao for now,


Linking up with One Mother Hen for #OpenSlather

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  • Reply Jody at Six Little Hearts June 1, 2015 at 7:57 am

    I love the idea of it but honestly, with six kids, as soon as I achieve ‘just one thing’ and turn around, there are 40 in my wake! We are snowed-under with kid rubble and mess and I am thinking of employing a cleaner to get the impossible done!

    • Reply Min June 1, 2015 at 8:48 am

      Well yeah – having six little kids would make life a little busier than for most! Getting all the basic jobs done would be worthy of celebration!! 😉

  • Reply Trish June 1, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    I’m on a declutter mission 30 bags/boxes or files in 30 days.
    A lot of self control and digital detox will help me.
    I must check out 1-4 too.

    • Reply Min June 2, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      Good for you Trish! I love a good declutter. The last time I did a really good one was when we moved house – around 8 years ago now!

  • Reply Vanessa June 1, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    The windowsills and curtains at my place – yuck. Lousy old rental haha.

    • Reply Min June 2, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      Ahhh yes – windowsills! I can not notice mine are dirty for ages and then one day WHAM – I spot them and am totally grossed out and horrified! 😉

  • Reply Alicia June 1, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    I really need to make a list, because I get to the end of the day and remember those things I was ‘meaning’ to get done. It does feel good to tick things off a list. I need to clean my front deck and clean the skirting board in the bedrooms!

    • Reply Min June 2, 2015 at 9:04 pm

      I would always get the end of the day only to realise that I never got any of those things done that I had been ‘meaning’ too – if it weren’t for my lists! I’d forget my head if it wasn’t screwed on! Hope you get your front deck and bedroom skirting boards cleaned! 🙂

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee June 2, 2015 at 7:04 am

    One little thing is always great (I like to think it makes adifference but it only really makes me fell better) I keep getting rid of bags and bags of stuff (Women’s Refuge or Nepal) and yet I come back and you can’t tell – at all!

    • Reply Min June 2, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      I think if it makes you feel good to get the ‘one thing’ done then that’s a WIN in my books, regardless of whether it’s noticeable or not! Good on you for giving away your stuff to a Women’s Refuge or for the people of Nepal! 🙂

  • Reply Maxabella June 2, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    There are many (so very many), but I chip, chip, chip away. I long ago came to the conclusion that my To Do list was more like a To Do circle, so around and around I go. x

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