15 Productive Things to Do With Your Extra Hour

Because, #adulting.

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

Communal Kitchen Design with Intuitive, Organized Storage

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.

Photo by: Colin Price Photography

Colin Price Photography

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.

Clean Your Bakeware

Removing stickers from metal surfaces.

How to Remove Stickers and Adhesive from Metal Surfaces

Use coconut oil and baking soda to remove tough stickers from metal.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

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

inside of a refrigerator

Keep the Fridge Organized Beauty

An organized refrigerator makes every thing accessible and says you money by not letting forgotten food go to waste.

Photo by: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

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

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

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

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

Baking Soda Uses

10 Kitchen Uses for Baking Soda

10 Useful Baking Soda Solutions

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Every now and then, stainless steel pots and pans need special attention. Consider treating your cookware to some pre-holiday pampering.

Declutter Your Home


Eliminate Clutter

Pretty boxes are a great way to corral clutter, from television remotes to stationary. Books with their spines turned away and their pages visible also lighten up your bookshelves.

Photo by: Red Arrow Industries

Red Arrow Industries

Ah, clutter — the enemy of the modern minimalist. Start ridding your home of unnecessary things with our helpful throw-it-out list.

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

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

These homemade cleaners are so quick and easy to make, you can whip ‘em up and clean with them all in one hour.

Clean Out Your Closet

Closet Hanging Pole

Closet Valet Pole

If you want a spot to hang dry cleaning or plan outfits, a valet pole is a handy addition to your closet. These pull-out poles usually install into a vertical panel in your closet system and come in a variety of colors and finishes. Photo courtesy of California Closets.

Photo by: John Granen

John Granen

This one-hour closet cleanse is for the focused and dedicated. I’m truly impressed by all you decisive people.

Or, Just Organize Your Closet

Creative Closet Door Detail

Barn Door Closet

A rustic barn door that slides along a top track offers a nice design detail for this space. Let your imagination be creative with door options that add character to your well-organized space. Photo courtesy of Rubbermaid.

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

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

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

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.

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