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Get Organized in 15 Minutes or Less

By · 6/23/2011

Containers are a great way to keep things organized and are easy on the eyes!

When you are overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin, it’s time to get back to basics. Here are some simple things you can do to “fan the organizing flame” and start a “blaze” of progress towards a simple, clutter-free home.
  • Toss old magazines and catalogs. If you think you’re going to miss something then use the “tear and toss” method. Rip out the article and put it in a “to Read” file and toss the rest (it’s 75% advertisements anyway).
  • Gather up all the pens and markers and test them to see which ones are still good. Toss all the dried up pens and markers and organize the rest into pencil boxes. Store them in convenient locations throughout the house.
  • Clear the empty hangers out of your closets (especially the old wire ones).
  • Clean out all the real “junk” in the junk drawer (garbage, old keys, dried up pens). When you have another 15 minutes, organize what is left into small drawer trays.
  • Get a box or bin and fill it with all those borrowed items you need to return.
  • Start a donation box – go from room to room finding items you no longer need. You will be amazed at how quickly you will fill it.
  • Get rid of old makeup or makeup you never wear.
  • Toss torn underwear and socks.
  • Throw out the expired food from the fridge.
  • Toss expired medicines.
  • Hang up all coats that are lying around and put away all the shoes in their proper places.
  • Gather the stray toys and put them in a bin or basket to have the kids put away.
  • Put all the books on the book shelf.
  • Purge some papers from your filing cabinet, or file a stack of papers.
  • Sort through the mail.
  • Put away the clean laundry.
  • Repair a broken item, or sew on a missing button.
  • Prepare a menu and grocery list for the week.
  • Respond to a couple of emails or return a phone call.
  • Make lunches for the next day.
  • Clean out one drawer or cupboard in the kitchen.
  • Put all the movies and Cd’s back in their cases.
  • Create a couple of outfits for the week.
  • Delete 50 emails from your in-box or one of your email files
  • Sort through a stack of old photos and toss all the blurry or unflattering ones.
Take some before and after shots of your latest organizing projects and send them to me to be featured in my next “Ott GO Tip” Newsletter and Blog Post.

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