17 Household Tasks to do while you’re talking on the phone

I find I can’t sit still when I am talking on the phone and take the opportunity to do a few little tasks around the home.  Multitasking at its best!!

17 Household Tasks to do while you're talking on the phone

This is a great chance to do the tasks that you have been putting off and don’t normally have time to do in your regular cleaning schedule.  Check out The Organised Housewife Cleaning Checklist here.

Household tasks to do while you’re talking on the phone

There are a few chores you can do while talking on the phone, a few could be:

Do you have any more suggestions I can add to the list?

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Sarah August 4, 2010 - 8:35 AM

If I'm on the phone to my mother I'm usually on Facebook or checking my emails… I tend to be stuck on the phone for a LONG time!!! LOL!

Katrina - The Organi August 4, 2010 - 9:42 PM

Yay my first comments…thankyou!! Facebook is another great time waster, but I find I can't concentrate on the conversation i'm having if looking at facebook…lol.

Jenny February 19, 2021 - 12:34 PM

Use my footspa and tidy up my toenails and/or fingernails

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 19, 2021 - 3:14 PM

That’s a great idea.

Celeste Williamson April 5, 2011 - 4:13 PM

I just came across your website and I love your tips and I’m for sure going to visit your website often.
I have a simple question for you when do you go to bed? I saw your AM routine how about your PM routine? I just have a hard time organizing my time and I think that will help me a lot.

Jo February 16, 2012 - 7:25 AM

I get told off for doing everything while on the phone. Apparently sorting out the tupperware cupboard is noisy. I cook dinner, do gardening, put away groceries, make school lunches, grocery shopping while on the mobile phone.

Kate - Kat's Assistant August 31, 2015 - 11:44 AM

I must admit Jo, i have done my groceries while talking on the phone too!

Misty February 16, 2012 - 7:30 AM

Weed the garden, wipe bathroom vanitys, polish furniture, tidy kids rooms, apply makeup, collect mail.

Kate - Kat's Assistant August 31, 2015 - 11:42 AM

Wow Misty, apply makeup you are awesome!

Betty February 16, 2012 - 7:54 AM

Dust,dust, dust!

Kate - Kat's Assistant August 31, 2015 - 11:40 AM


Gayemurphy February 16, 2012 - 8:43 AM

Depends which task is requiring to be done… I have a headset so I can chat to my girlfriends & get: beds made, pots & pans washed, washing hung out, folding put away, junk mail folded (I deliver to two areas), dishwasher packed/unpacked & everyday household paperwork filed. What I have worked out though is when I’m doing a serious de-clutter of the kids stuff – I need to focus on the task at hand.

Christina February 16, 2012 - 8:59 AM

My mom, sister, and best friend all live out of state (and two of them out of the country), so I’m on the phone a lot. When I talk to them I run in place and fold laundry at the same time. Workout accomplished, laundry dealt with, and nice phone call gotten in.

Decluttering&More February 16, 2012 - 8:59 AM

Facebook certainly is doable whilst on the phone but yes it also takes your concentration from the conversation at hand.
I have also made the bed, put washing on to wash, folded clothes, peeled potatoes and carrots, put meat on to cook, pegged washing on the line, unloaded the groceries, sent text messages, written notes and more whilst been on the landline – love cordless phones!!

Katrina February 17, 2012 - 3:16 PM

Thanks for the ideas. I tend to walk around picking up strays and finding their proper home. Especially books, and I often end up tidying the kids bookcases. If I’m hiding from the kids I tidy my bedroom!

Amber February 19, 2012 - 9:00 PM

I have done stuff like wipe down the bathroom, clean mirrors, even as far as started on the shower… put the books back away in the kids rooms, feed the animals…

Eleise Bott November 3, 2012 - 10:03 AM

I always weed the garden! I get outside and do a job.

Kate - Kat's Assistant August 31, 2015 - 11:39 AM

Great idea, Eleise. Enjoying the sunshine, sounds nice.:)

Anne-Marie August 31, 2015 - 6:46 AM

I always am doing little tasks while talking on the phone too! I feel like a have to utilise the time. My husband, like a lot of men, doesnt talk much on the phone and when he does the conversations are always quick and to the point. I think us girls know we are going to be on the phone for a while and want to make the most of the time – because we are great multi-taskers.

Judy August 31, 2015 - 7:15 AM

I think when you are on the phone to anyone you show them the respect and give them your 100 percent of your attention. If you can’t do that don’t answer till you can.

Kate - Kat's Assistant August 31, 2015 - 11:38 AM

I agree, Anne-Marie.:)

Emily August 31, 2015 - 12:36 PM

I wish my husband was like that. Mine talks for ages and often on the phone. Thankfully he’s normally tinkering in the shed at the same time!

Melanie August 31, 2015 - 12:40 PM

I love putting in my apple ear phones and multi tasking on the phone to friends? Anything from sorting out the pantry to hanging clothes on the line or just a general tidy up. Even outside weeding or cleaning out the car!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 1, 2015 - 10:26 AM

I’ve never thought to venture outside, it would be nice in the fresh air!

Kaycee August 31, 2015 - 12:40 PM

I too have a headset for my cordless phone, and just do whatever needs doing at the time (so long as it is a relatively quiet task – I do draw the line at vacuuming!!)
I find the task seems to go much quicker while I am focusing on the phone call instead of the task!!
I have a friend who rings me each week while she does her ironing, and I do mine at the same time, good conversation happens and we both get our ironing done!!!! 😀

Ironing, cooking, folding, loading/emptying washing machine/dryer, cutting out materials for sewing and pinning the pieces together, making beds, stripping beds, cleaning oven/microwave, cleaning bathroom, mopping floors, weeding/planting/pruning, sweeping floors, menu planning, online groceries ordering, paying bills online, sorting out drawers, tidying, packing away clothes the kids have grown out of, putting away washing, hanging/getting in washing, polishing furniture, cleaning walls…..heck, I even get dressed while I’m on the phone if someone rings me that early in the morning!!!!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 1, 2015 - 10:26 AM

Great list of ideas Kaycee, love that you have an ironing date with your friend!

Michelle August 31, 2015 - 9:35 PM

I tend to empty the dishwasher (quietly) and iron shirts!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 1, 2015 - 10:27 AM

Ironing seems like a popular task, it’s quiet too!!

felicity August 31, 2015 - 9:41 PM

Cleaning your handbag and your purse out are good jobs.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 1, 2015 - 10:27 AM

Yes, I find receipts at the bottom of my bag often, great idea!

Beryl Newton May 10, 2016 - 7:07 AM

I don’t own a cordless phone and I have poor mobile coverage so I can’t do any tasks while on the phone.

Robyn May 10, 2016 - 8:50 AM

Also a great time to make a cuppa and relax for 10 minutes! I have handsfree mobile so also like to do washing/hang out/ fold. General tidy up & put away stuff, make beds or what ever needs to be done. Love the ironing date with a friend idea too?

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