That was all the time I had before I had to go and catch my bus.
But I had it--and I wanted to use it effectively.
I'd been working on my living room. A few days before, I'd brought out my box labelled "drapery hardware" and found all the extra rings and the prongs I'd need to hang up my triple pleated fourteen foot long brown drapes.
I'd also taken down the drapes I had had up there.
I love the colour of these purple drapes, but they are really too small for the window
That day, with ten minutes to tick away before I left to catch my bus, I decided to just put the prongs into the pleats. One drape, fourteen prongs. I didn't even take them off the hanger.
Five minutes and I was done.
I had five minutes left.
I took out my step ladder and attached the prongs to the rings on the curtain rod, and bam! just like that I had one drape up and on the window.
(I didn't have time to take a picture.)
I left for work.
That evening, I had my daughter insert the prongs into the pleats and I hung them the next day.
The length of the pole was originally cut to fit these colossal drapes.
I took the same approach to weeding out the bookshelves in this room and writing this blog post.
the haul from the bookshelves
The single most effective way to take advantage of little pockets of time?
Have a list.
Use a timer if you're uneasy about losing track of the time.