Organization can seem daunting. But the truth is that most organization takes hardly any time at all. Here are five things you can do today that will make a permanent dent in your lifelong organization.
Take five minutes to visit a few websites and sign up for paperless billing. You’d be surprised how quickly clutter dies when your mailbox has a little less in it. For mail that does make it in your door, look through it immediately rather than throwing it on the desk. Put junk in recycling and put the rest in your inbox.
Make the Bed
It takes barely two minutes to make the bed but it sets the tone for the day. An unmade bed is permission to be sloppy about everything else in the room and that can bleed over into everything else you do in the course of your day.
Clean the Kitchen Sink
A clean kitchen sink is much like making the bed first thing in the morning—it sets a tone. Dishes waiting for your attention or leftover bits of lunch invite disarray. Don’t just take care of the dishes, make the sink shine. You won’t want to mess up a shiny sink with a coffee mug so you’ll be more inclined to take care of it right away.
Spend 5 Minutes
Have a mess that keeps you up at night but just can’t find the time to tackle it? For organization projects that take a little longer, you might want to consider spending just five minutes on it here and there instead of taking up a whole afternoon. Bigger projects are hard to get started because you don’t have the time to complete them. But what if you spent just five minutes a day, or a couple times a day
It’s ok to let go of things you don’t use anymore. Set aside a corner of the closet or a box in the garage for Goodwill. Make a habit of looking through your closet for a few minutes each month to determine if there is anything that someone else might be able to use more than you. Once your box is full, make a trip to your nearest Goodwill—the donation process is as simple as driving up and dropping off.