10 Minute Organizing Tricks
Clutter can sneak up on us, when we least expect it. If I don’t stay on top of it, life can become very unorganized, very quickly. I don’t always have a lot of time to take on large organizing projects, so I like to find ways I can organize things quickly to help me stay ahead of the clutter. I call these my 10 minute organizing tricks, and today I thought I’d share them with you in case you find yourself stuck in the same place as I get in. Lots of clutter with very little time to deal with it.
A big tip to staying organized, is actually having a place for everything to go. Since we all may not have enough closets or designated storage space in our homes, sometimes using containers can bring a room together quickly. I like to use baskets, or wooden crates to store items I don’t want just sitting on a shelf. This can make a room feel pulled together, while still offering a pretty solution for storage. In just 10 minutes, you can just stick plenty of things in that basket or container and you are done!
The cute baskets above I found at Hobby Lobby when they were on sale. They were perfect for our upstairs bathroom, they look clean and are super easy to put things away in. (Read about my Bathroom Organization ideas here)
Linen closets can get out of control quickly, if you don’t stay on top of their organization. Wash all your sheets and pillowcases in the same laundry load if possible, and fold them together to organize them in a snap. Simple fold the top and fitted sheets, as well as the additional pillow cases to that set and slip them inside one of the pillow cases. This keeps them all together as a set, and makes your linen closet or area look neat and tidy with little to no effort.
Shower hooks are inexpensive (I’ve often seen them sold by large bulk amounts at thrift stores!), and can make a lot of extra organization where there is none. Purses and scarves are difficult items to organize if you have more than one or two. Slip them on a shower hook, and put the shower hook on a closet hanging rod. This will keep them up, and will help purses hold their shape better too. See how I put together the Scarf Hanger above here.
File Holder In The Kitchen
Don’t worry, I’m not asking you to file papers in the kitchen! Use a wire, file folder organizer to instead hold baking sheets, and cutting boards. This saves a ton of space in the cabinet, and makes you feel a lot more organized than rifling through the noisy stacks of pansin the kitchen cabinets. Plus it heps to keep your pans from getting all scratched up.
Get Rid of Clothes
Take ten minutes and go through your closet and remove any old clothes you are no longer wearing, or have grown out of. Do this for each of your family member’s closets too, and watch how much more organized your closets become! Save the clothes for a yard sale, or donate them to a local charity. If you are unsure of which clothes to get rid of, use your 10 minutes to turn all of your hangers backwards in the closet. Each time you wear a garment, turn the hanger the correct way. Any clothing with a hanger still backwards in 2 months, remove from your closet.
Want to learn more about minimalizing your closet? Read my minimal clothing tips here and then how to maintain a minimalistic closet here. I’ve also got an article on creating a minimalistic children’s clothing closet here.
Use a Laundry Basket
Use a laundry basket to collect items from one room, and take them to the next. This will keep you from making multiple trips, maybe even up and down stairs, and will make cleaning and organizing go quickly. One of the biggest keys to staying organizing is keeping items in the room they belong in. Kitchen items belong in the kitchen, kid’s toys belong in their rooms or in their play room, bathroom items belong in the bathroom, and so on and so forth.
The trick has saved me so many times when I need to clean quickly before a surprise visit. My favorite basket to have around is a Tubtrug. I use them from everything from cleaning up around the house to carrying in my product from the garden in the summer. They are pretty, very easy to clean, and light to carry!
Sometimes one of the best ways to be organized is to just be able to easily know what’s in certain containers around the house. That way you aren’t continually having to open them to remember what is inside. In 10 minutes you could label a lot of containers! I use these simple little Chalk Labels for things like my pantry goods. They come off easily if I ever have to remove them and if I change the contents in the container I can simply erase and re-write the label to reflect the new contents.
Double Your Freezer Space
Since we freeze a large amount of product in the summer and since we buy our meat in bulk. Freezer space is a precious commodity. And who wants to pay more for another freezer when you can easily double the space in the upright freezer that you already have?
Just use office binder clips to clip up bags (or anything that you can get a grip on) to the wire shelves in your upright freezer (or in any freezer with wire shelving). This is a great way to store bags of produce either from the grocery store or home preserved.
Utilize Containers for Craft Storage
have some old formula containers laying around or know someone that does? They are perfect for craft organization! Simply put your most used craft supplies such as crayons, buttons, stamps, etc into well washed plastic formula containers and then give them a label. if you have several of these containers they will line up very nicely on a shelf and they are perfect because you don’t have to fret about the inside getting dirty from the craft supplies!
Make The Bed
It seems like a such a simple thing to do, but my whole day feels more productive once I make the bed. Staying organized can sometimes be a state of mind. Once you are motivated to be organized, it’s easy to get your house organized too. Making the bed takes less than ten minutes each day, and can make the whole room look and feel so much more put together. It’s one way I like to start my day!
So whether you have an hour, or just a few minutes, we can all use some 10 minute organizing tricks! I’m always looking for ways to keep things organized quickly in my home. Do you have any tricks you’d like to share to add to my list?