15 Productive Things to Do With Your Extra Hour
This Sunday, at 2 a.m. local daylight time, clocks will fall back an hour, and we’ll all get those lovely 60 minutes tacked onto our day. Whether you want to spend them snoozin’ or killin’ it is totally up to you (and maybe your kids’ sleeping schedule). I’m equal parts sleep lover and productivity junkie, so it’s a toss-up for me. But to weigh my options, I’ve gathered 15 ultra-productive things I — and you — could do with that precious hour. Check out my list to finalize your Sunday plans.
Organize Your Kitchen
Intuitive, Organized Storage is Fundamental in Communal Kitchen Design
Being a communal space, ease of access and organized storage plays a big part in this design. Open shelving on either side of the vent-a-hood provides stylish storage of mugs and spices, while cabinets and shelves below add functional, stylish storage, putting kitchen necessities within a fingertip's reach.
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Preparing Thanksgiving dinner is hectic enough without throwing an unorganized kitchen in the mix. Dedicate one hour to organizing your kitchen to ensure the holidays run smoothly.
Let’s Do It: The Ultimate 1-Hour Kitchen Cleanse
Clean Your Bakeware
Bakeware looking worse for wear? Mix 1/4 cup baking soda with enough hydrogen peroxide to form a paste, and scrub stained pans, so they're ready for cookie season. Note: This method is not for coated or nonstick bakeware, as baking soda will remove the coating.
Try This Microwave Cleaning Hack
One too many frozen dinner mishaps can leave your microwave in rough shape. Wipe it all away in 15 minutes with this clever hack. Bonus: You have 45 minutes to tackle another task.
Organize Your Refrigerator
You can’t truly understand the beauty of an organized refrigerator until that organized refrigerator is yours. I’m telling you — it’s SO worth it.
Let’s Do It: Fridge Organization 101
Clean a Major Appliance
When's the last time you cleaned your dishwasher, refrigerator or washing machine? Fix it in a snap with this helpful tutorial.
Clean Your Drains With a DIY Solution
Unclog Slow Drains
Before you go the chemical route to clear a slow drain, try baking soda and vinegar! Shake a cup of baking soda into the drain, then heat up a cup of vinegar and pour it into the drain. After several minutes, flush with lots of hot water. Repeat as needed. *do not use on a clogged drain
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Don’t expose your holiday guests to your drain issues (ew!). Spend your hour whipping those drains into shape with one of these DIY drain cleaners you can make at home.
Let's Do It: 5 DIY Drain Cleaners
Clean Your Stainless Steel Cookware
Every now and then, stainless steel pots and pans need special attention. Consider treating your cookware to some pre-holiday pampering.
Declutter Your Home
Ah, clutter — the enemy of the modern minimalist. Start ridding your home of unnecessary things with our helpful throw-it-out list.
Let’s Do It: 50 Things to Get Rid of Right Now
Organize With Dollar Store Hacks
Organize all the things on the cheap with these genius dollar store hacks.
Deodorize Your Car or Home (With More Thrifty Hacks!)
Deal with those unpleasant smelly spots in your home or car using a budget-friendly, DIY solution.
Clean a Major Dust Collector in Your Home
Cut down the number of allergy-induced sneezes by cleaning a major dust collector in your home.
Make Your Own Household Cleaners
These homemade cleaners are so quick and easy to make, you can whip ‘em up and clean with them all in one hour.
Let's Do It: Three-ingredient Cleaners You Can Make in Seconds
Clean Out Your Closet
This one-hour closet cleanse is for the focused and dedicated. I’m truly impressed by all you decisive people.
Let’s Do This: The Ultimate 1-Hour Closet Cleanse
Or, Just Organize Your Closet
If cleaning out your closet in an hour sounds daunting (read: impossible), consider a solid hour of organization, instead. An organized closet will get you one step closer to that closet cleanse.
Let's Do This: Closet Organization 101
Try This Showerhead Cleaning Hack
Renew Shower Fixtures
Mineral deposits and calcium build up can cause your shower head to clog up and look spotty. Go the extra mile and submerge them in a plastic bag filled with warm white vinegar. Just be sure to fill the bag so that the fixture is completely submerged, then secure the bag with a zip tie or extra strong
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Hey, I don’t blame you if your showerhead’s a bit spotty. I consistently avoided cleaning mine until I found this genius hack. Simply submerge the entire showerhead into a zipper storage bag filled with warm, white vinegar. Secure the bag with rubber bands or a zip tie for about 30 minutes.