* Assuming you still watch commercial TV, of course.
Whether you’re catching up on MKR or bingeing on the last season of Downton Abbey, we all love escaping with a little TV. But when the commercial breaks come around, you’d be surprised by how much you can get done in a short space of time…
1. You can organise… your bookshelves
Yep, really. Hop up from the couch and give your shelves a quick restyle. Why not, hey? Move a few books so they’re sitting in alternate horizontal and vertical stacks, and have a look at your knick-knacks — could you move some, or even get rid of them?
2. You can organise… your laundry
This sounds obvious, but how often do you actually fold your washing while you relax in front of the box?
3. You can organise… a single area
Pick a focus point (your DVD shelf, a single cupboard) and purge ruthlessly. The time limit of the commercial break will force you to make quick decisions.
4. You can organise… old magazines
Got some back issues gathering dust? Pick ‘em up and chuck ‘em in the recycling bin. It takes less than a minute and can really help declutter an area.
5. You can organise… your handbag
Do as Marie Kondo does and empty the entire bag’s contents onto the floor, then start again. You’ll be surprised, horrified and finally, delighted.
6. You can organise… your inbox
Clear out the clutter — junk mail, newsletters and so on, and then flag anything that needs attention in the morning. You could also take a few minutes to use a service like to unsubscribe from newsletters you rarely read.
7. You can organise… your mail
Grab your mail and sort through it. Pay bills. Throw out the junk. File anything you might need later. Done.