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No matter how much (or how little!) time you have, there are plenty of ways to get that done-and-done feeling. 

Southern Living

This article orignally appeared on Real Simple

5 Minutes

  • Unsubscribe from one e-mail list that drives you nuts. 
  • Jot down a fix-it list. 
  • Post on Facebook for a handyman/dog walker/Saturday-night sitter. 
  • Book a date with that friend you never see enough of.  
  • Change or clean at least one household filter (central air/Brita/stove vent).
  • Order new socks for everyone!  
  • Clean under the oven or behind the refrigerator.  
  • Order batteries online. 
  • Set up mail-order delivery for regular prescriptions. 
  • Write that thank-you note you’ve been meaning to get to. 
  • Book hair-color appointments for the year. 
  • Download a meditation app. 

Under an Hour

  • Make doctor and dentist appointments for the family for the whole year. 
  • Clean out the freezer. 
  • Set a timer and delete e-mails that you don’t need anymore. 
  • Dump out makeup bag: edit, clean, restock.  
  • Order one-size-fits-most birthday gifts for the kids’ friends (gift cards for teens); store them where you won’t forget them. 
  • Purge 10 things from your worst closet. 
  • Organize filing cabinet; shred old documents (um...locate shredder). 
  • Buy a year’s worth of birthday cards (and stamps!). 
  • Identify three new meals that you’re excited to put in your regular cooking rotation. 
  • Pick one of those boxes of “stuff” in the closet/basement/attic; sort it. 
  • Clean out the car.  

A Weekend

  • Take care of all the holiday returns. 
  • Paint that room (you know the one). 
  • Create some space in the garage. 
  • Start prepping for tax time. 
  • Reoutfit a closet with shelves and bins so that it actually works. 
  • Do three things just for you— including using that meditation app. 
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