It’s the new year and with it brings the phrase “This is the year I’m going to get organized”. As I stare at the chaotic mess in my office I’m thinking, “I do not want to invest an hour or more at a time into getting this to where it needs to be”. Naturally that led to “What can I accomplish in 5 minutes”? Here are some things I’ve come up with to help you get organized around the house in roughly 5 minutes. These won’t organize your entire home so that it looks magazine perfect, but it’s a great start for those that don’t want to invest a lot of time or money into a huge project.
Bathroom Storage: Throw away anything that is expired. Dispose of medications properly (do not flush down the toilet!) and get rid of that makeup that’s been sitting around since 2004. While medication has an obvious expiration date, makeup seems to trip up a lot of us. Check out Cosmopolitan for this great article on getting rid of expired makeup. It’s also a good way for you to make a quick shopping list of supplies needed.
Refrigerator: No doubt you have some holiday leftovers rotting away in the back of the ‘fridge. Grab the trash can and throw away anything that isn’t good. Once you have space you can wipe down shelves and drawers. Helpful hint: whenever I have lots of meat that I’m thawing for batch cooking I place it on a cookie sheet so that I don’t have meat juice running all over my ‘fridge.
Bedroom Closet: That shirt that you never wear anymore and you keep thinking that you need to get rid of it, pull it out. You don’t need to overhaul your entire closet in one day, I keep a plastic grocery bag handy and work on filling it up. The same system applies to my dresser drawer, I simply work until the bag is filled up and then tackle it again the next day.
Home Office: Set a timer and start going through that stack of papers or items on your desk. You’d be amazed what you can get rid of and put away in five minutes. The key is to not just shuffle items around, papers that need to be shredded should be shredded and those that need to be filed away need to be put in the right place.
Donate Pile: Be careful with this one, as I suggested start with a small grocery bag and the next time you are running errands drop the bag off. Anything larger that you save around the house to make one big trip may save you some gas money, but will just take up room in your home and may even lead to a larger unorganized disaster.