It’s no secret that time flies, so we want to make the most of every minute. Use your spare moments efficiently and you’ll not only feel more organized, you’ll also free up larger chunks of time to either spend with your friends and family or enjoy on your own.
Below is a list of 10 things you can do in 5 minutes or less. Taking small action steps like this is a great way to beat procrastination and overcome the feelings of overwhelm. Any time you can squeeze in one of these bite-sized tasks, you’ll get immediate gratification. And you’ll be making progress towards your organizing goals – because the best way for a little turtle to eat a big strawberry is one bite at a time!
10 things you can do (to get more organized) in 5 minutes or less.
- Clean out your wallet/purse: toss gum wrappers, scraps of paper and old tissues; file receipts and business cards.
- Toss out any spoiled food from the refrigerator.
- Toss out any stale food from the pantry.
- Take excess shoes out of the hall closet or front hall and place them in the bedroom closets. Each family member should only keep one or two pairs of shoes (depending on space) by the door or hall closet.
- Sort through 3-5 file folders and shred what you don’t need. Keep a coloured folder upright in your filing cabinet to mark where you leave off.
- Go through your collection of coupons and toss the expired ones. Put the others in your purse or glove compartment of your car and use them next time you go shopping.
- Clear out one ‘junk drawer’; toss anything you don’t need or recognize. Divide the drawer by using old cheque book boxes or small plastic containers to keep similar items together.
- Go through your sock drawer and give up any socks without partners. If you haven’t worn panty hose since 2008, it’s time to toss those too!
- Gather all the wire hangers in your closet and put them in your car. Next time you go to the dry-cleaners, you can take them in for recycling.
- Scan the emails in your junk folder (to make sure nothing important ended up there) and then delete them.
You might want to print this list and post it in a prominent place. Once you’ve fallen into the habit of using your spare minutes efficiently, you’ll free up time for the things you really want to do. If you have any other quick little tasks you do regularly, please share them with us in the comments below.