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Become More Organized in 20 Minutes or Less!

You know what I love about 20 minute organizing? Doing 20 minutes a day adds up to over 2 hours a week and over 120 hours a year. That is 120 hours a year of productivity that only took 20 mins a day. How great is that right?

And you can make organizing fun but doing some of these tasks while watching t.v, listening to music, listening to a podcast (like my Organize for Success Podcast lol), listening to an audible etc. If organizing is a challenge for you make it more fun!

Here are 12 ways you can become more organized in 20 minutes or less! 

  1. Your medicine cabinet
    1. Take a few minutes and take everything out of your medicine cabinet and wipe down the shelves
    2. Go through anything that has an expiry date and decide if you should throw any expired items away
    3. Let go of anything you no longer use or need
    4. Put like items together (ex. cold medicine, prescription medicine etc.) and put back into medicine cabinet
    5. Ta da you are done!
  2. Your purse
    1. Take everything out of your purse
    2. Wipe it down
    3. Throw away any garbage
    4. Sort like items together and keep them in a zip lock bag, makeup bag or container to prevent lose items falling to the bottom of your purse
    5. Bring reciepts that you need to keep to to the room or area that you keep your reciepts in
    6.  Put everything back organized
    7. If you are on a roll and want to keep going, then organize your wallet
    8. Don’t forget to let go of anything you no longer need
  3. Your nightstand drawer
    1. Same principle – take everything out and then wipe the drawer down
    2. Let go of anything you no longer need
    3. Organize what you want to keep
    4. Use drawer organizers to help prevent your items from sliding around your drawer
  4. Clear off the top of your dresser
    1. Take everything off and wipe it down
    2. Anything that belongs in another room, quickly take it to the room it belongs. Ex. a cup that belongs in the kitchen
    3. Any items that do belong in your bedroom but not on top of your dresser, put them away in the right place.
    4. Limit what you decide to keep on top of your dresser. Too many items = clutter!
  5. A dresser drawer
    1. Take everything out of the drawer and wipe it down
    2. Edit by going through the items to decide what to keep and what to let go
    3. Fold or organize the items you are keeping and voila you are done
  6. Clothes hanging in your closet
    1. Pick one area of clothes that are hanging and go through them to decide what to keep and what not to.
    2. Let go of the items you haven’t worn in a year that may be worn out, have holes, ripped or stained
    3. The goal is to create space by letting go of the clothes you don’t need anymore.
    4. Having trouble deciding what to keep and what not to? Ask yourself would I buy this today? If not, then good chance you don’t really need it
  7. Under the bathroom sink
    1. Take everything out and wipe it down
    2. Go through the items and throw out anything that you don’t need
    3. Organize what you are keeping
    4. Use containers to keep your items tidy and organized
  8. Linen closet
    1. You probably won’t be able to get a whole linen closet done in 20 minutes so tackle a shelf or two
    2. Once again, take everything out and wipe down the shelves
    3. Decide what to keep and what to let go
    4. Put like items together ex. bath towels or face cloths
    5. Fold and organize what you are keeping
  9. Kitchen drawer
    1. You know what to do right? Take everything out and wipe it down
    2. Edit by only keeping what you need. For example if you are doing a utensil drawer and you have 3 wooden spoons that are very similar, decide if you need all three
    3. I highly recommend that you use utensil drawer organizers because they are a great way to keep utensils organized and prevent them from sliding around the drawer
  10. Pantry
    1. You won’t be able to do a whole pantry in 20 minutes but you could do one or two shelves in 20 minutes
    2. Take everything off the shelf and wipe it down
    3. Check for expired items and decide whether you should keep them or not. Personally I don’t like to keep expired foods but I know of other people who do.
    4. Put like items together – ex. all snacks together or breakfast items
    5. Remove items that are in boxes and are individually wrapped. Boxes take up way too much room. Instead put the items in containers and label them. Ex. granola bars
  11. Computer files
    1. Take 20 minutes and delete computer files you no longer need
  12. Your cell phone
    1. Take 20 minutes and delete any photos on your phone that you don’t need. You can also take this time to move some of your photos from your phone and onto your computer or memory stick

BTW, If you are not sure what kind of organizing supplies to use, and would like to know my favorite Amazon organizing products, I have a bunch of them listed on our website under Products. Have a look.

View My Favourite Amazon Organizing Products Here

Remember – Baby steps is better than no steps! Good luck and have fun doing 20 minute organizing! You can do it!

Kathy

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