10 Organizing Projects That Only Take Ten Minutes

Only have ten minutes? Get organized in no time at all with these ten tips from Domestic CEO.

Amanda Thomas
5-minute read
Episode #194

For many of us, the thought of organizing is overwhelming. This is understandable because most organizing endeavors end up taking much longer than expected. Maybe you’ve experienced it. You say that you are going to commit an afternoon to cleaning out a particular room, then eight hours later you are still stuck in the middle of sorting, and your entire home looks like a tornado hit.

To help you stay sane, and start making some progress to get your home organized, I have come up with a list of ten organizing projects that take ten minutes or less. The idea behind this list is to find the easiest one on the list, do it quickly, cross it off, then repeat with the next easiest project on the list. The more projects you can get crossed off, the more motivated you’ll be to move on to the next area. The hardest part is often getting started, so use this list to get your organizing mojo kicked into gear, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can work through your home’s clutter.

Sort a Junk Drawer

Junk drawers don’t need to be junky. In fact, these drawers hold a variety of essential items, so the more organized they are, the better. If you have ten minutes, you can create an organized junk drawer that functions pretty darn well. Don’t worry about having matching drawer organizers, just grab any small bowls, baskets, or containers that you have lying around. Sort the small items into the containers, and toss all the trash as you go. In about ten minutes, you’ll be able to show off a functional junk drawer.

Create a Donate Box and Find 5 Items to Donate

Even people with the most minimalist lifestyle still have items they don’t use in their homes. These extra items are causing clutter, so a quick ten-minute project you can do is to create a “Donate” box to start collecting items you are ready to part with. If this has taken you less than ten minutes, walk into one room and find five items that can be donated from your home and given to someone in need.

Go Through a Mail Pile

Unopened mail can create a lot of clutter. The good news is that 10 minutes can get you through a pretty darn big pile of mail! Grab your recycle bin and start by quickly tossing in all the pieces of junk mail. Then, quickly sort all the remaining items into piles to be shredded, filed, or followed up with. Once you’re through the pile, you can decide if you want to deal with those projects, but at least your mail pile is gone for now.

Clean Out a Medicine Cabinet

When’s the last time you went through your medicine cabinet? If it’s been a while, you’re likely to find a plethora of items you no longer use, are expired, or are just plain gross. Taking ten minutes to go through your medicine cabinet will not only give you time to toss the old stuff, but you’ll likely have a minute or two left over to wipe down the shelves as well.

Remove Expired Food from Your Fridge

One time, when I was in college, I remember coming home to my parent’s house and going through the fridge and finding items that expired when I was in middle school. Don’t let your family use eight year old jams and salad dressings, instead take a few minutes to quickly check expiration dates on the items in your refrigerator and toss anything that is past its prime.