Two Second Task: Pitching the Completely Useless Counter-Space-Taker

Two Second Task Pitching The Phone We Haven't Used in Months at

This morning, my Slob Brain registered my own annoyance that there was one-too-many phones on my kitchen counter.

For two days, there have been two phones in that space.

But lest you think two days isn’t that bad, I should admit that there has been one-too-many phones in that space for months.

And months.

A Phone That Doesn’t Work Even a Tiny Bit = One Too Many Phones

We rarely use our landline anymore. Only my mother and my mother-in-law call it, and they immediately call our cell phones when we don’t answer that one.

We shouldn’t even have it anymore, but were talked into turning it into a part of our cell phone plan so we wouldn’t lose that number (that number which no one calls . . . ), so we’re stuck with it for another six months.

So when the phone completely died, I didn’t stress.

But I also didn’t pitch it.

It was only when I suddenly saw another much-less-likely-to-die phone sitting on my bathroom counter that I realized I could use that phone in our landline jack.

And it was a week after I went through the hassle of unplugging the completely-useless phone and plugging in the not-so-useless phone that I realized my counter space was being taken up by something completely and totally useless and already replaced.


I’m choosing to celebrate that I finally took the two seconds to throw out the dead phone. Go me.

I don’t want to talk about why the good phone was sitting on my bathroom counter. Or how long it might have been there.


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Two Second Task: Now You See (Might) See It. Now You (Hopefully) Don’t.

Spider Webs in the Hard to Reach Window at

I’ve talked about this particular spot in my kitchen before. This almost-impossible-to-clean spot.

My dislike of climbing up on counters at the age of 41 is the reason I’d pretended to not see those cobwebs in the top picture?

What? You don’t see them? Oh good. Maybe the people who have been in my home since they appeared at least a month ago didn’t see them either.

In the photo, you can see the web in the corner of the window on the far right. In real life, there were equally dusty webs in two other places that didn’t show up in the picture.

I finally took the less-than-a-minute to walk to the nearest closet where I keep a *long handled dusting thingy and dust away those cobwebs.

Just to be clear, the less-than-a-minute included the walking to the closet, the walking back, the dusting, the walking back again to put the duster back in the closet, and several sneezes.


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2 Minute-Task – Cleaning the Fryer

Two Second Task Clean the Fryer (that I Used Last Week!) at

I mentioned on facebook over the summer that I was excited to find fresh okra at our local Farmer’s Market.

I. Love. Okra.

So much.


Sorry. I got distracted.

Anyway, I googled my own recipe for what I don’t hesitate to declare is the very best fried okra ever.

I also dug around in a cabinet and found my fryer.

I almost never use that thing, but when I need it (like, when I find farm-fresh okra), I’m glad I have it. I spent a few hours frying okra, (eventually) cleaned up all the other items for that insanely messy endeavor, and then left the fryer sitting on the counter.

And ignored it.

For more than a week.

At some point, Hubby emptied the grease to put out with the trash, but I still ignored it.

Finally, I washed it out (which took no time at all) when I had the brilliant idea to make “homemade” doughnuts (Grands biscuits with a hole torn in the middle) for the last day of summer break. Right. I washed it out so I could use it again.

After I used it, I left sitting on the counter. Un-emptied and un-washed.



Thankfully, on Monday, I was in a rather thorough mood as I worked to get the kitchen back on track. Instead of pulling the classic I’ll-bet-that’s-a-really-hard-thing-to-deal-with-so-I-just-won’t-deal-with-it-at-all-and-maybe-it-will-go-away trick, I stopped to think.

I grabbed a pickle jar that I hadn’t been using for anything else and poured the grease into it. I gently placed that in the trash can. I then washed the fryer and dried it and PUT IT AWAY.

Can you believe I did ALL that??

And it took a whole two minutes. Or less.



What two second tasks have you done lately?


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