When 5 minutes counts!

When 5 minutes counts!

Organization, 5 minutesQuestion: What could I possibly accomplish in a mere five minutes?
Answer: More than you think.

Here are some tips to get you moving toward an uncluttered home.

  1. Move old newspapers to the recycle bin. If you have not read them in two days, the news is old. The newspaper can always be read (later) online. If it was that important you would have already heard or seen it on the TV news or radio…
  2. Sort laundry in baskets so anyone can “do a load”. Use laundry baskets to sort whites, colors and dark items…avoiding piles on the floor…and in the way. Toss in a load when you can.
  3. Load dishes in the dishwasher. As you prepare a meal, run water over the cookware and the soiled dishes in the sink. Loading the dishwasher and cleaning the pots will be so much easier. No dishwasher? Soak them anyway for easier washing later.
  4. De-clutter the kitchen junk drawer. Be brutal! Most of the things residing there are useless anyway. Items to keep might include: scissors, stapler, paper clips, food packaging labels, adhesive tape, a few bag twist ties (I said a few!), sticky notes, writing pens and a ruler and/or measuring tape. Toss or recycle the rest.
  5. Sort mail. Discard/recycle store ads if you know you will not need them. You can always check online for their sales. Only save the grocery ad from the store you frequent. With gas prices you cannot afford to drive around town to save a dollar.
  6. Purge store coupons. Coupons accumulate and become useless clutter. Only keep the ones you know you will use. Use a pen to circle the expiration dates. Keep them handy near the grocery list or in the car. More will be in the mail next week.
  7. Water household plants. Keep the watering can and fertilizer handy for quick use. Save time by using a soil meter to indicate which need watering.
  8. Take out the trash. Grab the largest trash container and walk thru the house emptying the smaller wastebaskets into it. Keep a supply of trash bags in the bottom of each trashcan/recycle container for easy access to replace a full or soiled bag.
  9. Remove trash from the car. Turn an empty tissue box into a trash bag container. It will hold 6-8 plastic grocery bags, making it easy to clear trash/clutter from your car every 2-3 days.
  10. Pay two or more bills. Pay online when you can. Otherwise keep your bill paying supplies handy; bills, receipt folder, pens, postage stamps and stapler.

NOTE: Set a timer to stay focused. Quit when the bell rings. Do five more minutes if time allows. Bit by bit you can do it!!

© 5 minutes counts Ann Gambrell 2015

Authored by: Ann Gambrell

Ann Gambrell is an organizational consultant, helping busy people to get organized since 1985. Ann is the originator of Creative Time-Plus, and conducts seminars, workshops and classes throughout the country. Ann is a founder and active member, of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. Her cassette tape and CD series relate to a variety of organizational topics including paperwork management, clutter control and kitchen organizing. View Ann's Profile on LinkedIn

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