I was a social service worker for 24 years. I worked in an office and commuted to work every day 18 miles one way. Totally out of the blue one day my supervisor came to me and asked if I would be willing to telecommute. This meant I wouldn't have to drive to work every day, I wouldn't have to put on makeup every day, I wouldn't waste time at work with people stopping by my office and wanting to chat any ole time of the day, and I would have an extra 30 minutes night and morning.

I jumped at the chance to telecommute. I started packing up right then and I went home, bought some paint and painted a room that became my work office for over 11 years. I got a phone call from my supervisor after a few days when I first started telecommuting and he asked how things were going. Then he added, "You've probably got a cake in the oven while you are at work".

It had never dawned on me to do something like that but as I thought about it I realized that was a great way to multi-task. Think about it; multi-tasking makes it possible to declutter your home and get more done with energy to spare.

1. You are reading this so I know you own a computer. Set up an anti-virus software to protect your computer. While you are sleeping you can tell your computer to run the anti-virus program. You can also de-frag your hard drive. This frees up space on your computer for things you really need to keep.

2. I love clean carpets. My favorite way to keep them fresh is to sprinkle baking soda on them before I vacuum. I have tried other products but too many have a strong smell so I always come back to baking soda. Give it time to work by sprinkling it on the carpet and while it is working dust and then vacuum.

3. I used to buy the longest phone cord I could find so I could walk around the house doing things while talking on the phone. I think it was a 12 foot cord. Aren't cordless phones great? (As long as you can find them that is). There are so many things we can do while talking on the phone; sweep the floor, wipe off the counter, straighten up a pile of books, fold clothes or empty the trash. I recommend this only as long as the conversation you are having doesn't require a lot of concentration.

4. A great way to declutter your home is to put things where they belong while waiting on a family member to get ready to go with you someplace. Sort through a pile of magazines or a drawer while waiting for someone to get ready to go. Even make a quick phone call. You will be amazed how much you can get de-cluttered in just a few minutes and it will no longer be wasted time just waiting.

5. One of my favorite things to do is to listen to books on CD while I sew or when I am driving alone.

6. While waiting for an appointment or other places you have to wait make it productive by doing something such as cleaning out your purse, writing a note to a friend or balancing your checkbook. I made a queen size quilt called "Grandmother's Flower Garden" while I was waiting at different places. It is all sewed by hand and I did it when I was waiting at a doctor's office, and waiting for my girl's ball games to start. I called it my "waiting quilt". It took hundreds of hours to make the quilt and not one of those hours was wasted because I was actually doing two things at once.

Declutter your home by multi-tasking. You will be so productive and will be having such a great time you'll be looking for places to declutter.

Author's Bio: 

Get It Together Organizing is a dynamic organizing company providing both online and in home services. Professional Organizer Marilyn Bohn specializes in organizing for women and seniors who want the organized home of their dreams. She is the author of the popular book Go Organize! Her product line includes cutting-edge online video workshops for your organizing needs. Sign up for great and free organizing tips http://www.marilynbohn.com