If you are reading this then you are one of two things. You are either a fan of mine, which isn’t likely as I don’t really have a following, or you are a procrastinator. I know this because you found me, which means you looked up terms like procrastination. If you have time to do that then you probably have time to do be doing something else. Good for you! However, there are those among us who shake their heads and frown upon our desire to play solitaire or SuDoku for six hours straight, randomly roam the internet, or update our blogs. In fact, if you google procrastination you come up with many sites geared toward curing us. Well I don’t want to be cured anymore. In fact, I want to embrace my affliction. I’ll bet you do too. Life is short and we shouldn’t have to feel guilty about how we spend our time when we are enjoying what we do. Unfortunately, the majority of people are not on our side so many of us have to procrastinate covertly. Here are a few tips and tricks to for cleaning and cooking to help hide your procrastination from your spouse, children, boss, teachers, roommates, etc. Yes, some of them actually do involve getting some of those things on your “list” done, but in a quick fashion that makes it look like you worked all day.
Instant Cleaning: (all of this can be done in 15 minutes or less…I have done it!)
- Vacuum the pathways. Then leave the vacuum out until someone gets home to see you put it away.
- Dust a couple wood surfaces in each room with a heavily scented lemon furniture polish. It tricks people into thinking the entire house is dusted.
- Make a quick run through the main living areas and straighten things like magazines, books, bills into precision stacks. Do the same for remotes, CDs, bathroom products. A little faux OCD goes a long way.
- Fake make the bed. This is where you throw the quilt or bedspread over the top, smooth it out and put shams or throw pillows in their places. Forget the sheets.
- Fabreeze. Need I say more.
- Windex the bathroom mirrors and swish the toilet bowl.
- Empty trash, pick up the laundry and straighten the couch cushions.
- If you have a bread maker make sure you have a packaged bread mixes on hand at all times. Toss one of those in a couple hours before anyone is due home. The smell of baked bread fools them every time.
- You can make a quick healthy meal in less than ten minutes with microwaveable roast beef, microwaveable prepared mashed potatoes (not the flakes in the box…that just takes too much time with the boiling of the water and such.) and a can of corn or peas. Don’t forget to throw away the boxes.
- I have not tried “Once A Month” cooking but I have heard it is a true time saver that will leave you plenty of down time.
- For quick healthy snacks for the kids that will make you look like mother of the year always have fresh fruit on hand to slice and dice and throw on a plate. Always buy your fresh vegies like lettuce, carrots and celery precut and packaged. Rinse and serve! Not very farmer’s market of you but hey they’ll never know and you have more time for solitaire.
Feel free to add your tried and true tips and tricks for hiding your procrastination. I would love to add them to the list.