Mini-Challenge: Towels

Change your hand towels in the bathroom and dish towels in the kitchen.

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Mini-Challenge: Fridge

Wipe down the outside of your fridge, and do a quick throw-away of anything expired or gross inside.

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Mini-Challenge: Bathroom Floor

Sweep/mop your bathroom floor. Make sure to get under the radiators or baseboards, in the corners, behind the door, and around the toilet. Bonus points: wash your towels and bathmat and replace with clean ones.

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Mini-Challenge: Surfaces

Go clear off the surface of your coffee table, end table, or kitchen counter. Don’t have any of those? Go clear off your dresser top or nightstand.

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Mini-Challenge: At Work

Stuck at work and far away from your pantry, closet, and grody bathroom? Take a few minutes and unfuck your emails. Delete what needs deleting, make some logical folders, and get that horrifying “unread” number under control. Your work doesn’t involve email? Take five minutes and unfuck your immediate workspace. Put stuff back where it belongs, deal with the sea of Post-its, and (this is my...

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Mini-Challenge: Closet

Open a closet door. Spend five minutes doing something to improve that closet.

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Mini-Challenge: Microwave

Microwave a bowl of water (add some citrus or vinegar if you have it on hand) for 2-3 minutes. While the water is heating up, wipe down the outside of your microwave. Once the microwave is done, (carefully) open the door, take out the bowl of water, and wipe down the inside. The steam will have loosened up a lot of the caked-on crud.

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Mini-Challenge: Dishes

Take five minutes and collect all the dishes in your house and bring them to the sink/dishwasher. Bonus points for actually washing them. If that doesn’t take five minutes, round out the time by throwing away some obvious trash.

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Mini-Challenge: Five Things

Look up from your computer or phone. Find five things that aren’t where they belong. Put them back in their rightful homes.

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