Got Five Minutes: Get Organized.
Alicia & Sarah on ‘How to Find The Time.’ ‘We started to think about all of the ‘could be wasted time’ that we make use of to tidy up and get things in order. Think about your day and we are sure you too will find many opportunities for five minutes here and there that will add up to real results over time. Some of our favorite organizing bursts happen while waiting in the car pool lane for pick up, in the morning when we might be talking to our mom or husband on the phone, watching swimming lessons, or the last hour of the evening when everyone else is tucked in and sleeping. Each of us has these moments everyday where we can easily multi-task or finish a quick project. All you need to do is consciously look for these moments and then seize the opportunity.’
Here are some of our favorite quick organizing projects. Most can be done in just five to ten minutes.
#1: Clear out your voice mail boxes. We all have old needless voice messages saved on our home, cell and work voice mails. Delete them. It will save you time the next time you have to find a saved message you really need.
#2: Put 20 pictures in a photo album. Buy a photo album and keep it handy. When you have 5 minutes, grab a stack of pictures you have been meaning to put away and place in an album. It clears clutter and preserves the pictures.
#3: Run the trash relay. Grab a garbage bag and run around the house and throw out useless things (e.g. old newspapers, junk mail) until it is full. It may not make a dent at first, but a few of these breaks and things start to get cleaned up.
#4: Return one important call. Sometimes only the urgent calls get returned. When you have a few minutes, make a call you have been meaning to do and get it out of the way.
#5: Toss five things in the refrigerator. We all have those things that should be long gone but aren’t. What about the empty mustard bottle that still is in the refrigerator door just in case there is something left to squeeze out? Toss it along with everything past its expiration date.
#6: Clean out one bathroom drawer. When was the last time you cleaned out the drawers in your bathroom? Maybe never. Pick one drawer each day and pretty soon you are done.
#7: Sort it out .Take the time to sort the mail pile and get it in order. Put things in 3 piles: (1) things to read, (2) things that need attention like bills, and (3) things to toss. Just getting rid of the junk should cut the pile in half and make it easier to deal with the rest.