Ten 10-Minute Organization Tips

Got 10 minutes? We understand that complete organization takes time, but you have to start somewhere. Here is our top ten list of tasks you can do to get started in 10 minutes or less.

1. Clean out your medicine cabinet.

Get rid of old makeup, expired medicine and toiletries you haven’t used in months (umm…years?).

2. Weed out 10 file folders.

Invest just one minute or less per file folder. Get rid of anything outdated or no longer useful.

3. Clear off your desk.

Take everything off your desk and clear the surface, even if you have to temporarily put everything on the floor in categorized piles (i.e. paper, supplies, electronic media, etc.). Once you can see your desk, you’ll have a surface on which to begin organizing everything you just removed from it.

4. Delete, delete, delete.

For the next 10 minutes, delete as many messages as you can from your email inbox. This includes forwarded jokes, unsolicited messages and email you can simply read and chuck.

5. Organize a drawer.

Whether it’s your junk drawer, a drawer in your bedroom dresser or a desk drawer, spend 10 minutes emptying out the junk, and arranging it so that similar items are being stored together.

6. Make a task basket.

Gather 20 index cards and write one 10-minute cleaning task on each. Put these cards in a basket. Each day, draw a card from the basket and perform the task.

7. Tidy up.

It’s OK if you don’t have time for a deep cleaning session. But 10 minutes is plenty to do some light dusting, wipe off a surface or vacuum up some crumbs.

8. Hunt and gather.

Walk around your house with an empty clothes basket in hand. Put anything that is not in its proper home, in the basket. Spend another 10 minutes today, or tomorrow, putting everything back where it belongs.

9. Make a donation box.

Simply get a large cardboard box and label it ‘Donation Box.’ Every chance you get, place items that are in good condition, but you no longer use, inside the box. When it’s full, call your local charity to come pick it up, or drop it off if they don’t offer a pick-up service.

10. Make a chore chart.

Everyone living in your home over the age of 2 should share the household chores. Make a chart listing the chores and the family members responsible for each chore. Be sure young children are given age appropriate chores, and reward everyone at the end of the week to keep them motivated!