When painting a room which has surfaces that are in good shape, plan on spending about half as much time on preparation and clean-up as the actual painting. Where surfaces are in poor shape, non-painting time will increase accordingly, and may take more time than the paint application itself. To save time in cleaning up paint trays, either line them with aluminum foil before starting, or simply slip smaller trash bags over them.
Winter means snow, and snow means shoveling. Invest in a plastic shovel because metal is a lot heavier. Choose a shovel with a curved handle to improve flexibility. Pick a shovel with a deep bucket so that it will hold a lot of snow. Place one hand near the base of the shovel with the other grasping the handle while lifting snow. Spray the bucket with a lubricant, such as Pam cooking spray, to help snow slide off easier.