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Clean and Declutter in 7 Minutes

Wish you could just snap your fingers and make your to-do list disappear? You can! Try these 32 tips and work magic in minutes!

By Kathleen Conroy

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When it comes to household and family to-dos, I love to see what I can accomplish in the shortest possible time. It's so much easier to dive right in when you're only committing to a few minutes, agrees Ellen Kosloff, a time-management expert at Task Masters in New York City. "Besides, when we try to do too much at once we can feel paralyzed and overwhelmed." Her solution? Shrink big, tedious chores to a manageable size. What works best for me is spending minutes—and in some cases mere seconds—doing at least a portion of those chores. See for yourself. Try tackling any of the following tasks—each one takes less than seven minutes. You just might find you'll get lots done—and wonder how you did so much in so little time!

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Use iron-ons to organize your storage bins.
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Wendell T. Webber

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Clean Routine
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Susan Gilmore

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