5 best things to do with a spare 5 minutes

I can often find myself with a spare 5 minutes throughout a week before leaving the house to collect the kids or waiting for the washing machine to finish. I don’t particularly appreciate wasting time. Time is money as they say!! So what can you do if you have 5 minutes to spare?

1. Write a list

Ok so this might not be setting the world alight, but in those 5 minutes you can write a list about all the jobs you know need doing around the house so that the next time you find yourself with more than 5 minutes to spare, you can tick one or two of those jobs that bug you off the list.

2. Sell unwanted items online

This is one of my Top 5 all the time. Everywhere I look around the house I spot things which we no longer want, love or need so when I find myself with time on my hands I take a quick photograph on my phone and then pop it for sale either on an auction site or just on my local Facebook pages which have proved very fruitful in the sales stakes.

3. Surface tidy one room

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Whilst I wouldn’t say this is one of my favourite activities, I find it a really productive one. In just 5 minutes it’s surprising the difference you can make to one room in your home by picking up random toys, straightening cushions or even having a quick whip round with the vacuum cleaner. If you happen to find yourself with a few ‘5 minutes to spare’ each day or week, imagine how much tidier your house would be!

4. Win money

Most of the time these days, I read a book whilst I’m waiting to collect the Beans from school, but occasionally I will leave my book in favour of having a little flutter online. The good thing about doing this when you only have 5 minutes is that you won’t find yourself still sitting there over an hour later and you might win some money for your time.

5. Enjoy a hot cuppa

Hot Cuppa
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It sounds so simple doesn’t it but as a parent, how often do we enjoy a hot tea or coffee? It’s one of those things that you take as a given that your drink will be cold by the time you remember to drink it so use those 5 minutes wisely, enjoy the quiet and perhaps sneak in a biscuit too for good measure.


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