Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring Cleaning: Get Organized in 10 Minutes a Day

Get organized today
Spring is here, and for many us that means spring cleaning and organizing. It's a new season, and it's time to get rid of all the things that don't serve you anymore. I've learned that when you let go of the stuff, it makes room for more useful things to come into your life.

I don't know about you, but when my home and business is more organized, I feel more productive and "lighter". That's why I spend at least 10 minutes each day organizing one aspect of my life so I don't get too overwhelmed.

Don't think you have 10 minutes a day? Let me ask you...

How much time do you spend on Facebook or Twitter a day?

How about watching TV and watching commercials?

No excuses!

There are 5 areas of your life that you can organize in 10 minutes:

Email inbox - Hate checking your inbox because you start to feel overwhelmed by the hundreds of emails you get per day? Create folders to file incoming emails, and every email you receive should be 1) Read and deleted 2) Filed away if there's something that you need for later or 3) Replied to and deleted. Also, unsubscribe from newsletters you never read anymore. Here are more great tips to organize your inbox.

Desk - Before you sit down at your desk to start work for the day, get rid of the junk snail mail and other odds and ends that accumulated from the previous work day. If there's nothing to clear off, then take one area on a shelf filled with files and paperwork and get rid of papers you no longer need. You could also do this before you end the work day so you come to your desk the next morning with a nice, clean slate.

Kitchen cabinets - As you're waiting for the water to boil or dinner to cook, take one shelf in the kitchen or pantry and wipe it down and reorganize the dishes or pots and pans.

Closet- On laundry day as you're putting clothes away in the closet, take one area of the closet and organize it.  It can just be one drawer or shelf. 

Purse or briefcase - As you're waiting at the doctor's office, on the train ride to work, or watching TV, take a few minutes to get rid of receipts, trash, and papers that accumulate in your wallet, purse, or briefcase.  As a woman and blogger on the go, I carry a variety of things in my purse - from makeup to pens, notebooks, and more.  Purse-to-Go has been a lifesaver for me, which I reviewed a couple years ago over at Beauty Is Within.

These things can be done everyday (email and desk) or just once a week (kitchen or closet).  One of the problems I face is that I'll get started on an area to organize, then something else catches my attention that I feel needs to get done right at that moment. Next thing I know, I haven't accomplished anything because I'm doing a little bit here...a little bit there. So whatever you do, stay focused.  If you start to feel overwhelmed, start a list and write down what you feel needs to be done next time.  I promise you, it can wait!

For more organizing inspiration, check out my Organizing Ideas board on Pinterest...