Busy schedules required small time increments to make a difference in your life. We just don’t have a lot of time to get organized because of all we do each day. Here’s some baby step, 15 minutes steps you can take to have a more organized home, work and life.
Start with yourself and getting your stuff together.
- Gather your favorite clothes and hang them at the front of your closet.
- Use ziploks or small zipper bags to gather like items together in your purse or man bag.
- Group your exercise clothes together and place one set in a gym bag in your car.
- Use an online app to purchase your groceries. Set up a reminder to do this every Saturday morning for delivery later that afternoon.
- Purchase online a small alarm clock for your bedroom to get a great night’s rest.
Move on to your family and home.
6. Place a donation bag for easy access to drop items in as they are ready to go to Goodwill.
7. Every time you go into a drawer in your kitchen, assess what’s not used and add it to the donation bag.
8. Grab a pile of paper and recycle or shred for 15 minutes.
9. Head to your bookshelf and add books to your donation bag you have not read or will not read again.
10. Walk around your home and gather school and office supplies together to know what you have.
Add in tech organizing
11. Spend 15 minutes in your email folders organizing by category. Think big and think about the ways to group your email rather than by alphabetical single folders. Organize only what you need rather than every email.
12. Delete photos you don’t need from your phone. Move photos to a consolidated cloud based access tool.
13. In email detach documents and save these in your documents folder. Rename these with an easy, consistent naming process.
14. In 15 minute slots, delete what you don’t need from email. Rearrange by subject and sender to make it easier to decide what to delete.
Finish up with routines
15. Take 15 minutes each evening to “reset” and get life back together.
16. Take 15 minutes each evening to prep for tomorrow with your clothes, nutrition and stuff.
17. On Sunday evening, add a weekly 15 minutes to review your calendar for the next week ahead.
18. Write up a weekly meal plan for you and your family. Post it or capture it digitally to repeat in 3 weeks.
19. Spend 15 minutes sitting, relaxing, rejuvenating, reading a magazine or taking time to reflect on all you are grateful for each day.
Congrats! You have made organizing simple, fast and easy! You are more organized in 15 minutes. Now repeat again next week, and again the following week.