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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 12-Jun-14 16:31:26

We all sometimes wish we had some extra time in the day, and we've been asked by Cif to find out what Mumsnetters would do with a spare 20 minutes.

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Cif Express Direct to Floor Cleaner saves you time, so Cif would love to know what you would you do with a spare 20 mins each week.

How would you spend those extra 20 minutes? Maybe you'd have a lie in? Or watch an extra episode of your favourite sitcom? Perhaps you'd read a chapter or two of a new book?

Whatever you would do with your spare 20 minutes, Cif would love to hear about it.

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CMOTDibbler Thu 12-Jun-14 16:35:50

You mean really spare? Like there was nothing I should be doing at all. Wow - I actually can't imagine this!

I'd go and sit in the sun with a coffee and a book, so I could sit and enjoy the peace of it!

Holfin Thu 12-Jun-14 17:46:58

I would probably have a 20 minute nap grin

snice Thu 12-Jun-14 17:47:29

Mug of tea, comfy chair, book-every time

JuniperTisane Thu 12-Jun-14 17:49:43

Sit on my arse with a book and silence.

I never get to sit on my arse with a book and I can't remember the last time I had silence in the day angry

RubySparks Thu 12-Jun-14 18:02:48

So usually that means a cup of tea and quick look at mumsnet!

MissRee Thu 12-Jun-14 18:06:58

Have a poo. On my own with no children screaming for me!

starlight36 Thu 12-Jun-14 18:08:49

I'd take the time to paint my toenails properly, rather than the quick five minute job which is currently embarrassing me!

TheHouseatWhoCorner Thu 12-Jun-14 18:14:14

I'd phone Janice for a proper chat. She has the most interesting life of anyone I know and she makes me laugh til my jaw aches.

LindseyandMatthew Thu 12-Jun-14 18:17:25

I would have a hot cup of tea, read a book and just relax

CharmQuark Thu 12-Jun-14 18:20:54

Oooh, walk to work, go to the cinema, stay and have a bit of a relax in the sun after my mad dash 'get-fit' swim at our local lido, learn French (properly), plant some edible things in the garden and tend them - tomatoes, French beans, strawberries, maybe, do more (some!) cleaning....go camping, sort out my home filing, get the frint room decorated, write to some old friends,

My 20 mins is like a tardis.

CharmQuark Thu 12-Jun-14 18:22:02

Oh, and I'd phone Janice, too, if ThehouseAtWhoCorner would give me her number.

Janice had better have two lots of spare 20 minuteses.

moonegirl Thu 12-Jun-14 18:27:31

have a nap smile

ScrambledEggAndToast Thu 12-Jun-14 18:30:11

I would go to my favourite cafe and have a vanilla milkshake and a slice of carrot cake, my mouth is watering thinking about it grin

gazzalw Thu 12-Jun-14 18:32:41

Read a book - you can't beat it and there's never enough time to read - so an extra 20 minutes a day would make a real difference!

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Thu 12-Jun-14 18:33:19

If I had an extra totally free 20 minutes a week, with absolutely nothing I had to do, I'd spend it with DD1. We'd play together or read. I feel like I spend so much time cooking, cleaning etc, I'd love to spend more time focused on DD1.

EddieVeddersfoxymop Thu 12-Jun-14 18:43:01

Free time? What's that?? Seriously, I would relax with a cup of herbal tea, a good book and a fine piece. I volunteer for an organisation that means I come home drained emotionally and physically so a chance to switch off from clients and their problems would be bliss.

BlackeyedSusan Thu 12-Jun-14 18:57:24


DrFunkesFamilyBandSolution Thu 12-Jun-14 18:57:28

Go for a jog. I'll give up after 2 minutes so spend the next 18 sitting on a bench watching the world go by

Poofus Thu 12-Jun-14 19:03:30

Sleep! If you can switch my toddler off for 20 minutes, so I can have a nap, I will be over the moon.

Poofus Thu 12-Jun-14 19:04:50

Who's Janice? confused

HappySunflower Thu 12-Jun-14 19:18:58

I would linger in the bath for a bit longer with my book!

Petal7 Thu 12-Jun-14 19:21:09

I would read the newspaper and drink a frothy coffee. With Radio 4 on instead of nursery rhymes!

Roseformeplease Thu 12-Jun-14 19:21:22

I would make a coffee, get my DD to make some of her fabulous scones and sit and chat to her and DS and DH about nothing in particular.

I'd fit in an extra yoga session smile

(not really, I'd sit about drinking coffee and reading like the rest of you)

potter around in the garden?

EvilHerbivore Thu 12-Jun-14 19:28:14

Coffee and cake, without someone asking for "just a little taste" and then snaffling the whole bloody lot!

gretagrape Thu 12-Jun-14 19:32:34

I'd sit on the sofa, let the cat jump up and have a snuggle - my son is allergic to her so she doesn't really get a look in until he goes to bed every night!

MissVanDyke Thu 12-Jun-14 19:39:47

Coffee and cake in a coffee shop where I can watch the world walk by.

SageYourResoluteOracle Thu 12-Jun-14 19:45:05

Erm, spend the time Mumsnetting?!

MadMonkeys Thu 12-Jun-14 19:49:02

I'd probably waste it faffing around in the garden or looking for bargains online. Or if it could be 20mins first thing I would have a cuppa in bed to wake myself up gently instead of being jumped on by the kids!

Bingbongbinglybunglyboo Thu 12-Jun-14 19:51:25

I would sleep, or try and meditate.

Smilesandpiles Thu 12-Jun-14 19:53:42

Have a coffee and listen to music. I do this any chance I get.

Nottheshrinkingcapgrandpa Thu 12-Jun-14 19:54:51


DurhamDurham Thu 12-Jun-14 20:02:03

I would carefully, mindfully and with great nothing. Nothing at all. How often can we claim to be doing nothing at all? It's a rarity in our house as I imaging it is in many others smile

crimsonwitch Thu 12-Jun-14 20:03:54

Have sex! sorry to be crude, but me and DP never get enough time together with three children so 20 minutes would be just the ticket grin

Ragglefrock Thu 12-Jun-14 20:09:46

Play the piano

Cascade Thu 12-Jun-14 20:12:56

sleep and relax.

Bigglesfliesundone Thu 12-Jun-14 20:26:04

i would spend the time with dh, just talking, on our own, without any interruptions from nosy/bored/demanding children! we never seem to get a minute!

PlanetArghhh Thu 12-Jun-14 20:29:07

I would gather together the two years worth of notes and scribbles I've compiled and sit down to write the first page of my book. The very thought of 20 whole minutes every week, completely uninterrupted and with absolutely nothing to invade my thoughts and concentration would be pure bliss.

WowOoo Thu 12-Jun-14 20:31:31

I'd relax - sit down with a book, sit in the garden if sunny or have a nap.

I would enjoy a hot cup of tea and a chance to read. I'm a total bookworm but never get a chance to read anymore as too knackered from demanding job and even more demanding children!

CaptainSinker Thu 12-Jun-14 20:43:22

I'd like to say read an interesting book. But the reality is lie on the sofa eating crisps. And it would be everything I dream of.

Fishstix Thu 12-Jun-14 20:45:01

I'd get on with writing the letter that I started to my daughter when she was born. I used to write a paragraph every month describing our lives at that time and how she was changing and growing and what the world was like...I managed it for four years til dc two came along and since then I have no spare time! Come to that I'd like to start his too!! smile

Maiyakat Thu 12-Jun-14 20:51:07

Tea and cake (are Cif also babysitting DD for these 20 mins?!)

BoffinMum Thu 12-Jun-14 20:59:11

Twenty minutes is what is standing between me and full gorgeousness. So this would be a beauty and grooming opportunity.

BloodFlower Thu 12-Jun-14 21:01:06

I'd read Wikipedia and learn something new.

camtt Thu 12-Jun-14 21:01:37

I'd probably clean something. The windows have about an inch of grime on them at the minute...

CheeseEMouse Thu 12-Jun-14 21:05:52

I would either put some of the washing mountain away or more likely I would enjoy having an uninterrupted cup of tea and start planning our holiday.

rootypig Thu 12-Jun-14 21:10:45

I would like to think I would read, or practise the piano, but in fact I would probably cycle to Waitrose, buy a family size berry trifle, and scoff it all. Or MN. grin

moneyone Thu 12-Jun-14 21:24:35

I'd read a proper book for once instead of mumsnet. And floss my teeth properly blush

BigfootFiles Thu 12-Jun-14 21:25:36

I'd be checking the Christmas bargains list on Mumsnet and getting lost in the sales.

missorinoco Thu 12-Jun-14 21:26:25

How would I like to spend the 20 minutes. Sitting in peace with a hot cup of tea, (emphasis on hot, I haven't been distracted and let it go cold), and a book.

How would I spend it in reality? Probably zapping around doing a bit more cleaning, seeing as Cif doesn't work the vacuum cleaner for me.

scottishmummy Thu 12-Jun-14 21:28:25

Immerse myself face first in a bun,and sluuuurp hot tea

NK5BM3 Thu 12-Jun-14 21:29:30

Sleep. Or go for a short massage, facial.

SaltySeaBird Thu 12-Jun-14 21:37:07

Polish the house. I so rarely get to do it that there is a thick later of dust everywhere. I fantasise about having a child and work free day to do a proper tidy.

Interestingly my DH just asked if I was texting my sister back and I said no, I'm replying to a thread on MN about what I would do with a spare 20 mins in my life. Without telling him what I put, and totally unprompted he said with 20 mins spare he would hoover the house.

(He normally hoovers, again it doesn't get done very often as toddler plus two working parents = serious lack of time)

BoysWillGrow Thu 12-Jun-14 21:41:37

Close the curtains, fresh bedding on the bed, and just lay down and just be left be for a while. Bliss.

scrivette Thu 12-Jun-14 21:45:49

I would like to sit on the swing in the garden, overlooking the pond and eat an ice cream with soon to be 3 years old DS, then read a book with him and sing some songs

Working full time means that I don't spend as much time with him as I would like.

letsgetreadytoramble Thu 12-Jun-14 21:46:11

I'd update my son's baby book, which I think I last did about a year ago. There are so many lovely things he does and I try to quickly tap them into my phone when they happen, but I never have spare time to transfer them to his book.

ouryve Thu 12-Jun-14 22:03:01

Not sure I spend 20 minutes a week mopping the floor, as it is. Or per month blush

justmuddlingalong Thu 12-Jun-14 22:03:51

I would sort out my wardrobe. There are clothes in there which are too small, others which would not look out of place in a retro shop and some that fell off of their coat hangers approximately 3 years ago...and are still languishing on the bottom of the wardrobe.

NorbertDentressangle Thu 12-Jun-14 22:06:46

If it was a spare 20mins whilst I was already out and about it would be a coffee at Neros and some people watching.

If at home, 20mins in the garden relaxing with a book and a cup of tea/coffee/G&T/wine.

itisntme Thu 12-Jun-14 22:13:58

Probably waste it!

Spirael Thu 12-Jun-14 22:17:53

I'd either sleep or, if fully rested, spend some quality time with DD1 doing something of her choosing.

I would make the dizzying leap from one snatched bath a week to a positively luxurious two. Possibly I'd even run my own water for it rather than just jumping in after the twins smile.

chocolateshoes Thu 12-Jun-14 22:30:22

Watch some rubbish tv and not feel guilty!

Keepcalmanddrinkwine Thu 12-Jun-14 22:37:06

20 minutes to myself? I'd probably sit out in the garden with a book and a cup of tea.

WilliamShatner Thu 12-Jun-14 22:37:42

I'd write a letter to my parents. A phone call and an email are not the same as receiving a hand written letter in the post.

I live nearly 300 miles away and they often send notes or cards and I always reply by phone. Sitting down and giving them an update by putting pen to paper would be a great way to spend twenty minutes.

iwanttobeadragonthisyear Thu 12-Jun-14 22:44:09

Straighten my hair Or shave Or most likely sleep!

GetKnitted Thu 12-Jun-14 23:01:33

radio 4 in peace grin grin

PandaFeet Thu 12-Jun-14 23:18:56

I would blow dry my hair, properly, in sections. And straighten it. Instead of just sticking it in a bun.

mamato3lads Thu 12-Jun-14 23:58:05

Save myself from any further shame at the school gates.

To explain, if I was graced with the impossible dream of 20 whole minutes to myself, I would sit down and Paint My Nails.

It is always the thing that gets put off until tomorrow because I am too tired or one of my 3 sons is a) battling bedtime b) pretending to suddenly feel incredibly ill c) destroying something.

The result? Frazzled me and chipped nails which look horrible and which l inevitably forget to hide when chatting to my (on the whole, well manicured) friends at the school gates.

Save Me confused

WhenDoISleep Fri 13-Jun-14 00:00:09

20 mins spare - I'd have a nap.

However, with an active toddler to look after, that is not going to happen, so it would most likely be spent playing with them.

Knowing me I would probably spend it dithering about what to spend a spare 20 minutes on sad grin There are so MANY things I would like to be able to do more of!

scotchtikidoll Fri 13-Jun-14 04:01:04

I would maybe take the time to actually filter a cup of freshly ground coffee instead of the freeze dried granules that I am now accustomed to. And I'd get to drink it too

Ragwort Fri 13-Jun-14 07:11:19

scotch - I feel sad reading that, I make the time to have freshly ground coffee every morning - I'm on my second cup now - life without decent coffee must be very hard. sad.

These sorts of threads always make me feel very lazy, I work just three days a week, made a conscious decision to have just one child (now a teen) and seem to have plenty of time to sit and read a book blush. Also I have incredibly low standards when it comes to housework grin.

Justtrying Fri 13-Jun-14 07:27:42

Sit in peace and quiet, which is generally lacking with dd who is 3, with a cup of tea and read a book without distractions.

Pinter Fri 13-Jun-14 07:35:51

Sleeeeeeeep shock

JuniperTisane Fri 13-Jun-14 07:37:13

I have no time to sit and read a book because my children are 3 and 1, Ragwort you give me hope that I will get some time to myself one day.

I do find time for real coffee most days though. making a small cafetiere, letting it brew and pouring it to drink straight away actually takes no more time than instant really, just a bit faffier. I decided life is too short for shit coffee smile

With a spare 20 minutes today I would plant up some containers to make my patio look less like a childrens play centre. Or, at least, an upmarket childrens play centre...

halfdrunktea Fri 13-Jun-14 08:57:50

Drink a cup of tea and read a book.

Pinter Fri 13-Jun-14 09:23:24

Yoga maybe...

morningsarepants Fri 13-Jun-14 09:50:15

I would play the piano, uninterrupted and without DD and DS trying to "help" grin

WarmHugs Fri 13-Jun-14 10:51:45

I would park myself on a bench in the city centre, and people watch. I LOVE people watching.

gildedlily Fri 13-Jun-14 11:14:52

Erm, either sit in the garden with a coffee and a magazine or tackle an item on my medium term to do list - maybe gut the wardrobe in the spare room? No? OK I'll have thatbrew instead

Cup of tea and magazine or book

Babycarmen Fri 13-Jun-14 11:43:36

Go to Starbucks and sit and have a hot coffee by myself. Heaven!

BornToFolk Fri 13-Jun-14 11:44:49

Honestly, I'd probably spend it doing housework, as that's usually what I end up doing if I get some "bonus" time to myself. However, if it was truly free time, and there were no chores to be done, I would multi-task by watching 1/3 of an episode of Buffy, MNing and knitting. With a cup of tea.

serendipity1980 Fri 13-Jun-14 13:31:04

With a spare 20 minutes every day I would love to start sorting through the 500+ photos I ordered about three years ago and still haven't got round to putting in albums! I'm dreading that task but am really lacking the time to do it. 20 minutes a day would be little manageable steps!

MiniatureRailway Fri 13-Jun-14 13:35:49

Work out. I'd have no excuse then really. grin

colette Fri 13-Jun-14 13:39:05

Optimistically -Jillian Michaels 20 mins shred. Realistically- cup of tea and a book .

HappydaysArehere Fri 13-Jun-14 13:50:21

Look at something near bye. Don't be fussy. Take paper and pen or pencil and draw it. It is totally absorbing and relaxing. It uses the other side of your brain from the verbal and demanding.

PastaandCheese Fri 13-Jun-14 14:10:46

I'd like to lay on top of my duvet with the sun coming in the window and watch the breeze move the trees outside and enjoy the peace without children jumping on me.

tinypumpkin Fri 13-Jun-14 14:12:59

Sit in the conservatory with a cup of coffee, uninterrupted.

BeCool Fri 13-Jun-14 14:27:35

If it was a day like today (hot & sunny) I'd like 20 minutes to enjoy a cold Hoegaarden, in a garden/park, by myself, with a book.

EwanHoozami Fri 13-Jun-14 15:44:33

I would give my 87 year old next door neighbour a knock and spend 20 minutes having a cup of tea with her. Due to my hectic life and two small children I've only said a fleeting "how are you" to her in the six months I've lived here. She seems lovely and I'd really appreciate some time to sit down and get to know her, and find out if there's anything I can help her with.

She may of course have much better ways to spend 20 minutes!

Nouseforausername Fri 13-Jun-14 16:00:39

Dry my hair. the most it gets currently is put up when I wash it. I'm lucky if it gets brushed. That, or put on some make up. something for myself. any time I have free now is spent doing housework mainly when 1yo ds sleeps smile

mjmooseface Fri 13-Jun-14 16:28:14

Ooh! There are soo many ways I could spend an extra 20 minutes each week! If I wanted to be really productive? I would continue to learn Spanish, or start to learn Swedish or British Sign Language. Or write.

If I wanted to be really unproductive, I would sit and do absolutely nothing! If the little one was having his nap - which he usually is when I decide to do a clean - I would sit and relish in not doing anything for anyone and just relax. Or read. Or drink hot chocolate. (Yes, even in the height of summer!)

Or throw the ball for the dog out in the garden for a bit. I like to pretend to throw the ball and he goes running for ages looking for it, then he comes back looking confused. Bless. It's so funny! It's almost worth buying 'Cif Express Direct to Floor Cleaner' just to spend an extra 20 minutes a week doing that!

Kundry Fri 13-Jun-14 16:37:42

Water the garden, then sit and enjoy it.

lpbarton Fri 13-Jun-14 17:17:30

Oooh grab a cup of coffee and a slice of cake and actually put me feet up :D hehe like I imagine nearly every one else! Oooh 20 mins bliss!!!

gloriafloria Fri 13-Jun-14 18:14:47

tv catch up starting with one born every minute. No one else in the house will watch it so it's my guilty pleasure when I have the house to myself. I always end up in tears but it reminds me of the overwelming happiness I felt each time I had my two. Only prob being 20 minutes wouldn't be long enough for a whole episode.

ilovesprouts Fri 13-Jun-14 18:19:39

oooh spare 20 mins, hmmmm id use my foot spa.grin

AmpersandRea Fri 13-Jun-14 18:28:34

I'd have a cuppa and read a good book, or sleep. I love a nap.

Go and sit at the end of the garden under our apple tree, and read a chapter of my new Mitch Albom book with a brew
Perfect thanks

BettyBolognese Fri 13-Jun-14 19:17:26

I'd have a soak in the bath... With candles and wine and a good book. My DS is 4 and I've not been able to relax on the bath since he was born.

Wjjkl Fri 13-Jun-14 19:44:09

I'd finish my portfolio for my riding instructors qualification that I've been meaning to finish for about 4 years...

Pinter Fri 13-Jun-14 20:11:39

Just sit with my thoughts

SnowyMouse Fri 13-Jun-14 20:27:55

Sit with my feet up and drink a hot chocolate with cream!

kazzawazzawoo Fri 13-Jun-14 21:04:38

A yoga session.

sharond101 Fri 13-Jun-14 21:40:01

A cup of tea and comfy seat, I never get to drink a cup of tea sitting down while it's still warm and the house is peaceful.

ChippyMinton Fri 13-Jun-14 22:01:00

Stop in the park on the way home, and watch the ducks and deer, while I finish my fresh takeaway coffee.

MrsJohnDeere Fri 13-Jun-14 22:17:30

Have a cup of coffee in the garden, taking the time to look at the plants and watch the birds.

KateOxford Fri 13-Jun-14 23:13:07

I would go swimming, no distractions, no pressure to talk to anyone and no phone to check for messages and calls. A complete switch off from the world.

Lurleene Fri 13-Jun-14 23:15:43

I'd try and make a dent in the various sock mountains that are building up around the house and attempt to actually match some of them up.

Churstondeckle Fri 13-Jun-14 23:16:35

I would get loads of magazines-run a hot bubble bath-get a mug off coffee-lock the door and soak in the bath-blissssssssssssssss

clary Fri 13-Jun-14 23:17:32

I'd go for a swim without feeling I had to rush it to get to work (or wherever I am usually going).

CointreauVersial Fri 13-Jun-14 23:20:51

I would make myself a cup of Salted Caramel Green Tea, take my shoes off, and lounge on the sofa with a glossy magazine. Heaven.

CrewElla Sat 14-Jun-14 08:07:23

Definitely a nap, it would be awesome.

Icantcook Sat 14-Jun-14 09:07:11

Hair masque once a week

ChasedByBees Sat 14-Jun-14 09:16:58

I should phone people I'm losing touch with, but most the time, I just don't want to speak I'm so tired so I'd grab a cup of tea and play on MN and my iPhone games.

telsa Sat 14-Jun-14 10:36:58

Don't really know what spare minutes are. I would probably just do more of what I usually do! But if it was guilt free time, then I would sleep a little more.

Tyranasaurus Sat 14-Jun-14 11:38:14

hot quiet bath

VivaLeBeaver Sat 14-Jun-14 13:55:06

Quick bike ride.

Well I've been sulking about the state of my front border and how it's so unfair having nobody to help me with it, etc for about three weeks - just been out with the gardening gloved and a trowel and done the whole 20 minutes! blush

woodchuck Sat 14-Jun-14 14:28:33

i would do a bit of my elearning - I am hooked on signing up for MOOCs about all sorts of interesting things like cancer biology and the history of rock music. I start them with really good intentions and then always seem to run out of time to keep on top of them

storm4mozza Sat 14-Jun-14 15:27:28

I can't help myself. I sit down to watch Bondi rescue.. but then I look around the flat and end up turning the tv off to catch up on the housework =)

Bubbles85 Sat 14-Jun-14 16:18:34

Definitely have a nice relaxing bubble bath. Mmm...

honeybeeplusone Sat 14-Jun-14 19:56:28

Have a cup of tea, read a newspaper in peace and quiet....

Paint my toe nails.

spicers1976 Sat 14-Jun-14 20:14:48

I would spend the time reading a book

Cheesecakefactory Sat 14-Jun-14 20:52:32

Radio playing low in background while reading a magazine with a nice cold drink hopefully sitting in the sun in garden.

flamingtoaster Sat 14-Jun-14 20:58:22

With a spare 20 minutes I would put some relaxing classical music on, lie down, close my eyes ... and waken up an hour later!

MaryWestmacott Sat 14-Jun-14 21:02:50

I would sit in the garden, with a strong coffee and read a couple of chapters of the book I've failed to finish since Christmas. (Must finish it before holiday, I want to take a new book away!)

Or sleep.

cskontig Sat 14-Jun-14 21:47:44

20 minutes=20 pages in a book. That may equal to three books more within a year. Great.

houseoffallenwomen Sat 14-Jun-14 22:34:32

20 mins? I would call my best friend and find out what she's been up to. she's very impulsive.

milliemoon Sat 14-Jun-14 22:46:05

I would get the guitar out again. I haven't played it since my son was born

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Sat 14-Jun-14 23:07:35

Walk the dog. There's a lovely circuit down a leafy lane and through a corn field that takes 20 minutes.

YeGodsAndLittleFishes Sat 14-Jun-14 23:16:08

I'd go for a run. 20 minutes is just right for a mile and a bit circuit and a quick shower.

Or I'd spend another 20 minutes learning German. (Will be spending the summer in German speaking city where DH works).

Or some drawing, photography.

Or making a start on sorting out the collection of photos in the loft.

Or just sitting with DCs and enjoying a hug and a laugh with them.

weejeannie Sun 15-Jun-14 00:14:20

Alter my favourite dress, which is now too big since the 5:2 diet!

KillmeNow Sun 15-Jun-14 00:25:02

I would go for a run

learn a new language

Take up a new hobby

Sort out family photographs

Do good for mankind

Sit on the sofa with a bar of chocolate and a book grin

YeGodsAndLittleFishes Sun 15-Jun-14 01:03:18

Killmenow grin

Ooh I would have a cuddle with dh on the sofa, hopefully without the kids interrupting. We would watch the news instead of paw patrol or umizoomis!

whereisshe Sun 15-Jun-14 09:23:10


BarbaraPalmer Sun 15-Jun-14 10:03:19

i would plan to read important literature

i would end up fannying about on the internet looking at cat pictures

Redtartanshoes Sun 15-Jun-14 10:34:00

I'd have the energy to do Jillian Michaels 30 day shred.

And after 39 days I'd have abs of steel in my dreams

Fillybuster Sun 15-Jun-14 11:19:54

Ooh, gosh,,,I'd probably spend 20 minutes just trying to decide what to do with the time!

I'd either:

Bake a quick batch of biscuits
Watch 20 mins of masterchef (I'm still at the quarter finals!)
Tidy the house (far too likely)
Sit down with a cup of tea and a good book
Think about breaking out Jillian Michaels and then wuss out

Sadly, I think I need way more than 20 mins extra to get on top of all the chores that really need doing, let alone the things I'd like to do with that time....

Apollonia6 Sun 15-Jun-14 12:04:29

Tea, cake and Mumsnet

HorseyGirl1 Sun 15-Jun-14 12:37:41

I'd make a traybake - and eat it! ;-)

Iamsuperluigi Sun 15-Jun-14 15:42:17

I would choose an old tape of favourite songs and sing along full blast.

hyperhops Sun 15-Jun-14 17:36:38

I'd sit and sort through the hundreds (yes literally) of photos of DC I have on the computer and choose some to order as prints to go in a nice frame on dining room wall. Have had frame waiting for 2 years no LOL!

ohforfoxsake Sun 15-Jun-14 17:49:04

I'd sit on my arse, stare out of the window and listen to silence.

NotACinderella Sun 15-Jun-14 18:20:48


Coconutty Sun 15-Jun-14 18:31:29

I would sit down on my squishy sofa with a good book and a cup of tea.

RhinosAreFatUnicorns Sun 15-Jun-14 18:36:30

Have a hot cup of tea - with a toddler in the house, I never get to drink one!

KarlWrenbury Sun 15-Jun-14 18:46:24



babster Sun 15-Jun-14 19:24:08

I'd sit on the sofa having a cuddle with my cocker spaniel pup - I spend a lot of time cleaning up his muddy pawprints but I'd love extra puppy playtime.

ILoveMyCaravan Sun 15-Jun-14 22:57:18

Sleep smile


MooseyMoo Mon 16-Jun-14 07:01:05

I love reading but don't always get the time so would grab a book, hot chocolate and a croissant and get lost in a book. Though I have just discovered Sky On Demand boxsets and they have Tru Blood ...

CheeryCherry Mon 16-Jun-14 07:06:33

Like many other posters, I would appreciate a hot mug of tea and some peace in a steaming bubble bath with a book/MN/Facebook.

ThisBitchIsResting Mon 16-Jun-14 07:30:26

I would climb back into bed and snuggle into the pillow and sleep. With a massive mug of tea.

MrsSteptoe Mon 16-Jun-14 09:29:33

I'd find a story on the BBC News website or similar and write a bit of flash fiction inspired by it, with a very low word count like 10 or 15 words. But it would have to be at the same time every day. #tendtowardstheritual.

Unexpected Mon 16-Jun-14 09:35:11

I would make a phone call. To one of the many people whom I care about but who never seem to get to the top of the list of people to speak to - like the husband of my best friend who died two years ago or the lovely woman I worked with a number of years ago and now never see unless we rush past each other at an event at school.

quietbatperson Mon 16-Jun-14 12:06:52

20 spare minutes would see me picking up a book, with a cuppa if someone could be persuaded to put the kettle on smile

Lent1l Mon 16-Jun-14 12:58:53

I'd do a YouTube Pilates session to try and help get my body into a less flabby shape post baby number 2.

AlfieandAnnieRose Mon 16-Jun-14 13:16:03

I would have a lay down and read a good book. It would have to be a book I'm really enjoying reading though.

beatofthedrum Mon 16-Jun-14 21:00:39

I would pour a glass of wine/cup of tea depending on time of day and phone my faraway-best-friend who I hardly ever manage to speak to.

BooRooandTiggerToo Mon 16-Jun-14 21:12:20

20 minutes to myself...
I'd give myself a manicure and paint my nails
I'd enjoy a bath without anyone knocking on the door to use the toilet
I'd enjoy a power nap on the sofa
I'd watch the favourite part of my favourite film

likklemum Mon 16-Jun-14 21:51:30

I'd have a list of how to use my 20mins each week so I could look forward to that time each week. My list would include
Tea and lemon cake in a coffee shop
Book outside in the garden
Painting fingernails (toes are always done but never seem to find the time for nails).
Magazine and chocolate bar
And also- absolutely nothing. A stare at the ceiling with hands behind head whilst flopped on the sofa nothing! Don't think I've had one of those since I was about 20!

LadyWithLapdog Mon 16-Jun-14 21:54:54

I'd do meditation practice. Bliss!

lottietiger Mon 16-Jun-14 22:35:19

I'd probably go in my greenhouse and plant some seeds without ds blundering in tipping soil everywhere and breaking all my pots smile

rydley Mon 16-Jun-14 23:31:58

I would love to have a relaxing massage and a box of chocolates.

SweetPeaPods Tue 17-Jun-14 06:17:23

I love reading but since ds arrived I don't think I've picked up a single book. I would love 20 mins to be totally engrossed in a good book without disruption, maybe even in the bath with a cuppa

MaddAddam Tue 17-Jun-14 09:29:16

Go for a swim. Or a run. Or do a bit of gardening. Or do homework for my Spanish course. Or read a book.
Can I have 5x20 mins?

DrankSangriaInThePark Tue 17-Jun-14 10:22:32

I would turn off everything electronic, dig out my old teenage diaries, and wallow in the memories of how uncomplicated life really was when you were 19 and with the world at your feet.

Cambam2010 Tue 17-Jun-14 11:15:55

20 minutes to do anything but not house work? I'd be curled up on the sofa with a HOT cup of tea, packet of biscuits and a magazine. Not done this in ages!

Bicnod Tue 17-Jun-14 11:29:58

20 minutes? Just for me?! I would curl up on the sofa with a hot cup of tea, some chocolate biscuits and my book. Or if it was sunny I'd sit in the garden with the same. Lovely.

Tallandgracefulmum Tue 17-Jun-14 12:44:46

Waste it by doing nothing!

Nigglenaggle Tue 17-Jun-14 13:39:01

I would down a bottle of wine and pass out in a corner do some yoga and feel lovely and sereen afterwards grin

Emrob86 Tue 17-Jun-14 15:11:52

I would have a bath and read a good book and have a glass of red wine - all at the same time!

I have a little baby and since before I was pregnant I have not had a chance to do that (even without the wine!).

I really miss a bit of pampering! smile

FiloPasty Tue 17-Jun-14 17:06:03

Lie in the garden and enjoy the sunshine, possible with a good book & an iced drink.

NotWeavingButDarning Tue 17-Jun-14 18:29:59

I'd have lovely painted toenails like I used to pre-DC!

UnexpectedAutumn Tue 17-Jun-14 19:16:16

Make soup, all the chopping is very soothing and you have something delicious to eat when you've finished!

Or watch my chickens. Or the toddler. Ridiculous and enormously cheering to watch grin

unadulterateddad Tue 17-Jun-14 20:46:22

make myself a homemade strawberry milkshake , find a quiet corner in the garden and sit and enjoy, making sure I made loud slurping noises when I reached the bottom of the glass smile

starrynight19 Tue 17-Jun-14 20:49:45

I would call my elderly grandparents as I never seem to find time in the day to just sit down with the phone and have a nice chat.

kayleigh39 Tue 17-Jun-14 21:19:27

Well, with an extra 20 minutes a day I would sneak myself off to the summer house at the end of the garden and sit with a cup of coffee watching the sun go down over the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside!

Ramraideruk Tue 17-Jun-14 21:21:26

A quick jog around the park

marymod Tue 17-Jun-14 21:22:36

Ooh, I'd be in that bath like a shot - miss having a bath (20 mins is from when it's run and ready) and would love the chance to relax for a bit instead of the quick shower that I normally get.

itsnothingoriginal Tue 17-Jun-14 22:04:17

Gardening! I spend every spare minute I have in the garden in spring/summer. I love it and there's always something to do.

In the winter though, I might be tempted to use a spare 20 minutes inside mumsnetting in the warm... smile

Mitchdafish Tue 17-Jun-14 22:42:00

20 minutes is barely long enough to get over the rabbit-in-headlights feeling that comes when I suddenly have free time. In reality I would walk around the house picking things up and putting them down again and suddenly the time would be up with nothing achieved. Then I would regret not having sat down with a cup of coffee.

Ariadney Wed 18-Jun-14 12:12:30

Write a blog post on my website!

ilovereading Wed 18-Jun-14 12:32:23

I'd read my book or cut my toenails! (or just maybe pick up that reproachful pile of sewing jobs that's been gathering dust in the corner for far too long).

Geniene Wed 18-Jun-14 16:06:27

Grab my little boys and a football and get outside for a kick about, I spent so much time rushing between work and home life and fitting everything in, an extra 20 minutes with them would be bliss smile

Hermancakedestroyer Wed 18-Jun-14 16:45:46

I would have a nice cup of tea and put my feet up and dunk a boasters biscuit in it! Ah bliss brew biscuit

ShangriLaLaLa Wed 18-Jun-14 22:32:43

Wash my hair. That would be bliss.

boptanana Wed 18-Jun-14 23:06:33

Tea and cake with my bestie and a quick catch up although this could go on for hours there are always interruptions from 5 small people so uninterrupted chat would be a luxury!

StressedandFrazzled Wed 18-Jun-14 23:10:54

telephone a friend for a chat, but they would need 20 minutes free too, so that may not work!

boxofshells Wed 18-Jun-14 23:24:45

I'd wank wink

TheHoneyBadger Thu 19-Jun-14 09:48:48

sex i'm afraid.

i'm guessing this is 20mins with no children around or likelihood of any sort of interuption? definitely sex.

MTWTFSS Thu 19-Jun-14 11:02:02

Put a CD of cheesy 90s pop on and do some dorky dancing!!!

losersaywhat Thu 19-Jun-14 12:09:16

I would pretend I was doing mower housework. In reality I would actually drink a whole cup of tea without checking on kids, dog, phone, work.

losersaywhat Thu 19-Jun-14 12:10:04

Obviously more not mower.

Cherryjellybean Thu 19-Jun-14 16:14:40

Lay down and sleep, I have a newborn and a toddler who doesn't nap. I miss sleep!

sianishere Thu 19-Jun-14 16:33:26

It would have to be read a book and drink a cup of tea while it's actually hot! I used to read so much before I had children - at least one book per week - but now I take months to get through a single book. I miss reading, so it would definitely be what I would spend those spare minutes on.

kath2 Thu 19-Jun-14 19:52:55

If I had 20 mins spare each week I'd go wild and mix it up each week, oh yeah! Latte and muffin in a coffee shop one week, ring my sister in Canada for a much needed catch up, feet up and a good book, spot of gardening, take up jogging....the possibilities are endless!

BlondieBrownie Thu 19-Jun-14 19:59:18

I would read a book in the bath that doesn't involve rubber ducks, submarines, water pistols or plastic fish!

nerysw Thu 19-Jun-14 21:13:34

Spare time with nothing to do? I think I can just about remember that... I would try and avoid sitting and staring into space and probably write my diary which gets neglected all too often.

PavlovtheCat Thu 19-Jun-14 22:24:02

Sit in the courtyard with a glass of wine or coffee or anything really, and listen to the sound of absolute nothing. Presuming of course that by 20 mins spare, you don't mean while DH has the children in the front room, screaming at the top of their lungs.


Lay down with my eyes closed and do as above


actually I would probably go on MN, really.

polly164 Thu 19-Jun-14 22:46:48

I'd have 20 minutes of peace and quiet! Total bliss in a house thats always busy.

xalyssx Fri 20-Jun-14 09:15:46

I'd sit with DP and the kids and not have any screens on, just chatting and having biscuits and milk.

Mummytoboyz7 Fri 20-Jun-14 09:36:42

Sleep! My boys are early risers

Doubtfuldaphne Fri 20-Jun-14 13:01:57

I'd enter some competitions in the hope to winning something/anything!

Uzma01 Fri 20-Jun-14 13:20:34

Get more reading done at a time when I'm not likely to fall asleep whilst doing so!

halliday Fri 20-Jun-14 14:33:29

I would go and bounce on the kids trampoline !

Supermam Fri 20-Jun-14 17:21:44

I'd sit in the garden with an icy Pimms, a frivolous novel & a sleepy cat nearby. All thoughts of paid and unpaid work would be far away over the cloudless horizon.

just stop with a nice coffee in a nice coffee shop

PavlovtheCat Fri 20-Jun-14 21:17:28

I have 20 mins right now.
I have a glass of wine in my hand.
Kids are asleep, finally.

I am laying on the sofa looking at the mess knowing I should probably clear it but won't.

So my 20 mins will be spent actually feeling guilty for having 20 mins.

Japaninthesweep Fri 20-Jun-14 21:48:09

Sorry, this is really uninspiring, but if I had twenty minutes to myself I would lie down on my sofa and close my eyes. DH is recovering from a self inflicted injury that led to back surgery so has been permanently hogging it for two months. I miss my sofa...

manfalou Fri 20-Jun-14 22:02:23

Id turn the tv off, go and sit in the conservatory and listen to music... never get to listen to adults music these days.

Foxymumma Fri 20-Jun-14 22:54:52

ooh i would give myself a mini pedicure ...

Hopezibah Fri 20-Jun-14 22:59:33

I would do my physio excercises for my back pain - I should do it everyday but just don't get moment spare so I'd at least do it once a week this way!

Lovewhereilive Fri 20-Jun-14 23:12:05

Ride my bike or failing that sit in my garden with a cappuccino and a book.

cremolafoam Sat 21-Jun-14 14:06:19

go to the summerhouse with my audio-book, shoes off, collapse on fluffy cushions, listen to birds outside and the dulcet tones of Don Bartlett reading Jo Nesbo. Drift off in the warm summer air...........

popperdoodles Sat 21-Jun-14 16:35:16

drink tea and eat cake, all by myself.

BonjourMinou Sat 21-Jun-14 17:17:19

Actually paint my toenails nicely.

JavaSparrow Sat 21-Jun-14 21:20:56

20ms alone: nap.

20ms child free with dh: sex. Twice.

20ms with kiddiewinks: ludo or jenga and cup of tea.

20ms with a friend: wine.

Jinty64 Sun 22-Jun-14 08:16:29

I would just sit and think. I get so little time just to think.

Twinkletights Sun 22-Jun-14 11:46:09

I would switch off all TV's, radio's etc, make a pot of tea and read my book.

I would spend the 20 minutes doing more crochet or knitting - currently I am about to start knitting an Angel Hug blanket for the Woolly Hugs.

Helspopje Sun 22-Jun-14 13:33:09

Finally dig my way to the bottom of the ironing basket


stand back admiring my lovely shiny floor

ImStickingWithYou Sun 22-Jun-14 15:59:24

Hmm, a spare 20 minutes.

I think I would get on the computer and play some games. Love to play nice, easy, casual games but never have the chance!

thesoupdragon44 Sun 22-Jun-14 18:39:15

I think I would have to spend my extra 20 mins having the time to bake a cake, then I might still have the time to sit down and enjoy it!

kentishgirl Sun 22-Jun-14 18:39:18

I could sit down with a cup of tea and do the newspaper crossword without feeling guilty.

leafhopper Sun 22-Jun-14 21:14:25

Have a wank. Clearly. But not with Cif, that sounds uncomfortable. Come on people, you're not dead yet.

wombatcheese Sun 22-Jun-14 22:20:50

not very original, but sun, tea and a book or a blitz of a wee run would be blissful. No, just thought of a better one- I'd magic up a beautician for a much needed leg wax and nail sorting.

DanFmDorking Mon 23-Jun-14 11:13:57

I would play with (or spend time with) my children.

Do some yoga/meditation. My life would be a helluva lot better for it!

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Thanks for all the comments!

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