1. Observe the two-minute rule
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If a chore or the response to a problem takes two minutes or less, do it immediately. Some examples:
- Put dishes into the dishwasher, not the sink.
- Sort the mail immediately and throw the junk into the recycle bin or trash.
- If you spill something, wipe or sweep it up immediately.
- Toss clothes in the hamper rather than leaving them on the floor.
Note: This is an excellent rule to share with children.