Garmin watch

This morning I put my husband’s Garmin running watch (with its GPS tracker) to a different use. I wore it for one hour around the house while I had breakfast and did housework. It was an opportunity to stretch the boundaries of the technology we own.

From about 9 am to 10 am I prepared and ate my breakfast, did a load of laundry, vacuumed four rooms, dusted a little, and stripped the sheets off my bed. Plus I got the mail and looked in my car for something. This is the path I walked:

Housework path via satellite

The Garmin and Google Earth seem to be off a little from each other.

Here’s the data:

Garmin housework data

In one hour of basic housework I walked 0.20 miles and burned 90 Calories. The elevation spikes are from when I went up in the attic to get the vacuum and when I lifted a box of stuff into an upper cabinet.

It’s a shame that I only went a fifth of a mile in doing all of that. Maybe the data would reflect that this was good exercise if I had worn the heart rate monitor, but my husband wears it every time he runs, and I don’t want to clean the sweat off of it for this.

Perhaps if I do this again, I’ll try it on one of those days when I have to walk around putting lots of stuff away and decluttering. Maybe then I can get the entire rectangular footprint of my house to be colored in red.


Today I decided to clean a lot of stuff. I washed my mirror and the mirrors in the bathroom with really cool wipes my grandma gave my family. All you have to do is get them wet and wash stuff, and there are no streaks left behind. They work really well, they are very easy to use, and you can wash them when you are done. I also wiped my refrigerator and dishwasher quickly. Then I cleaned the computer.

I read in a book that leaving a bowl of vinegar in a space makes it smell better. I put a cup of vinegar in the trash closet and in a new make-up case I have for dance (which smells bad). Now I am washing the case with baking soda, and then I will put some perfume in there.