You know that sense of deep satisfaction that you get after tackling a big organizational task, like cleaning out the garage or organizing the linen closet? Suddenly, everything in life feels a bit more tidy and manageable, even if it’s just in our imagination. As much as I love the feeling, those bigger jobs are usually relegated to a Sunday afternoon when I have time to spend a couple of hours. But I have found quite a few ways to inject a bit of this organizational happy into the work week: even when things are really busy, I can remind myself that, “Hey, it will only take a few minutes!”
Aside from the sense of calm these give me, the bonus side effect is that my life tends to stay pretty organized all the time since these have become habits that are in my regular rotation.
Click through for 20 organizational tasks that can be tackled in 5 minutes or less, and I’d love to hear about your quickies in the comments! Just call these the “cheap thrills” of organizing.
1. Create tomorrow’s to-do list in order of priority.
2. Delete any apps on your phone that you don’t use.
3. Organize the pantry by tossing old items, and grouping like ingredients together.
4. Clean up your computer desktop by deleting unnecessary documents and filing everything else in folders.
5. Wipe down your makeup drawer and toss old products.
6. Throw away any trash in your car (including the trunk!) and bring in items that have accumulated over time.
photo by Kristen Kilpatrick
7. Return unanswered texts.
8. Organize your home office or desk by clearing clutter on the desktop. Recycle any paperwork that you no longer need.
9. Clean out the contents of your purse.
10. Answer the one email that you’ve been putting off the most.
11. Sift through your closet for any items you need to donate.
12. Clean out the kitchen junk drawer.
13. Delete recorded TV shows that you’re not going to watch (or have already seen.)
14. Sort through the mail that’s piled up on your countertop.
15. Clean out the fridge.
photo by Hannah Haston