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15-Minute Organizing Tips

If you don’t think that you have time to get organized — think again! You don’t need to block off a full 8-hour day to clear out a little clutter in your life. Here are a few suggestions for quick organizing tasks you can tackle in 15 minutes or less.

Lightening The Load

Checkmark-Iconcheck your desk for dried up pens and markers

Xmark-Iconclean the trash out of your junk drawer

Checkmark-Iconclear the extra empty hangers out of your closet

Xmark-Iconcreate a pile of borrowed items to give back

Checkmark-Icongather up items to return (library books, videos, etc.)

Xmark-Iconget rid of old or yucky makeup in your cosmetic drawer

Checkmark-Iconget rid of torn and worn underwear and socks

Xmark-Icongo through your magazines and toss old ones

Checkmark-Iconstart a box of items to donate

Xmark-Iconthrow out expired food from the fridge

Checkmark-Icontoss expired items in your medicine cabinet

Managing Your Money

Xmark-Iconbalance your checkbook

Checkmark-Iconclip coupons from the newspaper

Xmark-Iconmake a grocery or shopping list

Checkmark-Iconorganize your wallet

Xmark-Iconpay a couple of bills

Checkmark-Iconreconcile your credit card statement

Xmark-Iconreview your bank statement for errors

Checkmark-Iconsort through and clean out your weekly receipts

Organizing In A Hurry

Xmark-Iconclear off a countertop and put items away

Checkmark-Iconfile a stack of papers

Xmark-Iconfind a home for one “homeless” item

Checkmark-Icongather all pairs of shoes and return to their closets

Xmark-Icongather stray toys into a basket

Checkmark-Iconhang up any coats or jackets in the closet

Xmark-Iconlabel any unidentified containers in your pantry

Checkmark-Iconput any loose books back on their shelves

Xmark-Iconput away the groceries

Checkmark-Iconput away your clean laundry

Xmark-Iconreturn all CDs, DVDs, and software discs to their cases

Quick Cleaning

Checkmark-Iconclean the bathroom mirrors

Xmark-Iconclean the toilet

Checkmark-Icondust one room

Xmark-Iconempty your dishwasher

Checkmark-Iconempty your trashcans

Xmark-Iconfold some clean clothes

Checkmark-Iconmake your bed

Xmark-Iconput a load of laundry in the washer or dryer

Checkmark-Iconstraighten up one room

Xmark-Iconsweep the kitchen

Checkmark-Iconwash the dishes in the sink

Xmark-Iconwipe down the kitchen counters

Tackling To-Dos

Checkmark-Iconcreate a chore chart for the week

Xmark-Iconenter a few business cards in your address book

Checkmark-Iconmake a follow-up phone call

Xmark-Iconmake lunches for the next day

Checkmark-Iconrepair a ripped hem

Xmark-Iconrespond to a couple of e-mails

Checkmark-Iconset out your clothes for the next day

Xmark-Iconsew a missing button

Checkmark-Icontackle a small home “fix-it” project (tighten a screw, hang a picture, etc.)

While Waiting For An Appointment

Xmark-Iconclean out your purse

Checkmark-Iconlisten to a book on tape

Xmark-Iconmake a list of books to read, movies to see, etc.

Checkmark-Iconmake a to-do list

Xmark-Iconplan your meals for the week

Checkmark-Iconread that magazine article you haven’t had time for

Xmark-Iconreview and update your calendar

Checkmark-Iconschedule an appointment you’ve been putting off

Xmark-Iconsort through the mail

Checkmark-Iconwrite a letter

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Ramona Creel is an award-winning 15-year veteran organizer and member of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. As well as having birthed “The A-To-Z Of Getting Organized,” Ramona is also the author of “The Professional Organizer’s Bible: A Slightly Irreverent And Completely Unorthodox Guide For Turning Clutter Into A Career”—and the creator of more than 200 “quick-start” business tools and templates for use by productivity professionals. She writes seven different blogs, has worked with hundreds of clients, and has delivered scores of presentations on getting organized. Ramona resides on the roads of America as a full-time RVer—living and working in a 29-foot Airstream. Learn more at and

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2 Responses

  1. Someone... says:

    Hello I am wondering if you can put out organizing tips for organizing a teachers desk


  2. Ramona says:

    Sure! Let me see about getting to work on that. Thanks for the suggestion!

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