Slow Down: 5 Tasks Around the Home to Take Your Time With

Slow Down: 5 Tasks Around the Home to Take Your Time With

Adrienne Breaux
Dec 6, 2014

While there's a time for rushing through home cleaning and repair tasks as quickly as possible to get back to living and enjoying the rest of your life, there are times when taking it a bit slower is advised. There are some tasks around the house where spending a bit more time getting through them can be an advantage. The next time you're set to tackle one of these home tasks, consider slowing down.

1. Removing a stain

While it is prudent to act quickly when a stain has just occurred, whether on upholstery, carpet or some place else, rushing into it without any thought isn't advised. That's because different stains and different materials need different stain fighting tools. So when a spill happens, carefully research what to do so you don't make things worse.

2. Fixing anything broken around the house

Very few of us enjoy repairing broken things around the house. But, unless we want to live surrounded by dysfunction, fixing things is often required to keep a house in tip-top shape. But like the above suggestion, this isn't something to speed through, either. Really examine what it is that is damaged/broken, come up with a fixing plan, create lists, watch or read tutorials, and go slowly to avoid mistakes and frustrations.

3. Vacuuming

Hear me out on this one, because I know how tempting just rolling the vacuum over a few hot spots in the home can be. It can be quick, get the job done good enough and get you back to doing whatever you were doing. But have you ever compared the time difference between a quick vacuum job and a thorough one? It doesn't take that much longer to nudge a piece of furniture out of the way to vacuum under it or grab the right attachment to clean the baseboards or window sills. When you've already got the vacuum out of its resting place and in use, it might serve you to slow down a bit and do a bit more thorough job than usual to leave yourself with a cleaner and healthier home.

4. Cleaning out the fridge

Why not just throw open the door and start tossing stuff you see? Because food waste is a huge problem these days, and taking the time to really examine everything in your fridge might help you find stuff you can still salvage and use, not to mention be mindful of the stuff that you didn't end up using. Do you need to purchase smaller packages so you don't have waste? Do you need to make sure you're researching recipes or buying other ingredients so you don't not use something you bought? Take notes so you can shop smarter next grocery trip. And after you do throw out stuff that's no good and are left with a lighter fridge, now's the perfect time to do a little bit of cleaning while you've got more empty space and less stuff to move.

5. The dishes

I've got five broken dishes in the last week to prove that trying to go quickly with the dishes is a recipe for slipping and ruining a favorite plate or mug. But there's also another reason to take your time while washing dishes by hand or loading the dishwasher, and that's because this home cleaning task is a perfect way to practice mindfulness. It's something you have to do regularly, so it's easy to zone out and think about what else you have to do that day while scrubbing your pots. But by forcing yourself to stay on task and in the moment, you might bring a little bit more peace to your day, no yoga or seated mediation required.

Are there any tasks around the house that you tend to take your time with? Which are the tasks you always rush through?
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