For this year's Get Organized Month #GOMonth, I created this 31 Days of 15 minute organizing list and tips. This list is ideal for the busy person who doesn't have loads of time to organize their home, but their goal is to get organized in their home and simplify this year.
By going through this list each day, you will be well on your way to getting organized. Also, check out the links from other posts I wrote on a particular topic.
DAY 1: Gather unused organizing items and place in one location to use for future organizing project.
These items will give you a wonderful collection to choose from when you start organizing each day.
DAY 2: DS/Wii/Xbox/PlayStation games
Donate any unwanted /unused games. Get a bin to sort them.
DAY 3: Pencils and pens drawer in the kid's room
Sort them into bins for them to access quickly.
DAY 4: Vanity makeup drawer
DAY 5: First aid kit bin
Put all supplies together in one container.
HOW TO MAKE A DIY FIRST AID KIT FOR THE HOME
DAY 6: DVDs / CDs sorted
Purge any you don't want. If you have a little more time, you can try this.
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DAY 7: Supplies for home office
Go through and organize things like paperclips, staples, post-its, printer cartridges, etc…
15 THINGS TO TOSS FOR A STRESS-FREE HOME OFFICE
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DAY 8: Utensil drawer
Sort your drawer by typing in an organized bin.
DAY 9: Cable bin
Group cables together and store them in a closed container.
DAY 10: Under the bathroom sink
Here is a post that shows what should be under the sink.
DAY 11: School supplies
Sort out your pencils, pens, colored pencils, etc…
SCHOOL SUPPLY ORGANIZER FOR HOMEMADE EASY
DAY 12: Car divider conceal
Clean out any trash you don't use.
24 USEFUL ITEMS FOR YOUR FAMILY'S ORGANIZED CAR
DAY 13: Junk drawer
Throw away trash and group items get bins to organize things. Check out what should be in a junk drawer post.
DAY 14: Hang picture frames to remove clutter from the floor.
HOW TO MAKE A FABULOUS PHOTO WALL COLLAGE
DAY 15: Bathroom vanity drawer
Visit these posts for tips and ideas.
WHAT TO KEEP IN A BATHROOM VANITY
DAY 16: Reference Books organizing
Remove phone books and other dating books that are not used.
Are you hanging in there? You can do it! These 15 minute organizing tasks are pretty easy!
DAY 17: Nonfiction/Fiction book organizing
Pull books that are ones you haven't looked at in over two years.
DAY 18: Paper supplies and recycling any paper that you are not being used.
If you have a craft area that needs decluttering, this is the day to review them.
DAY 19: Kids books organizing
Have the kids sit with you and go through their books to donate to children in need.
DAY 20: Garage donating items
Get rid of items in your garage that you are donating.
DAY 21: Organize a bin that has random items in it.
Any items that were thrown in a bin and needed to be cleared out but never were gotten to.
DAY 22: Photos Organizing
Get rid of blurry and unwanted photos.
DAY 23: Scrapbook/Craft area
Clear out the unwanted scraps, dried out, and broken items.
DAY 24: Manufacturer manuals organizing
Gather your manuals and use an accordion folder A-Z and file them in by manufacturer name.
EASY WAYS TO ORGANIZE MANUALS AND WARRANTIES
DAY 25: Work space
Go through your desk drawers.
DAY 26: Receipt box organizer
Use an accordion folder to sort the receipts you want to keep.
DAY 27: Bill Organizer
Make a list of bills and due dates while doing bills.
WHAT TO KEEP IN YOUR BILL PAYING STATION
DAY 28: Investment organizer
Make a list of investment names, contacts, and amounts in each account.
HOW TO ORGANIZE IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS IN A FIREPROOF SAFE
DAY 29: Bedroom nightstand
Divide little items into bins so you can reach them in the dark.
BEDROOM NIGHTSTAND ORGANIZING ESSENTIALS
12 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR BEDROOM AN OASIS
MAKING A BEDROOM OASIS CHALLENGE
ORGANIZING A TEEN'S NIGHTSTAND
DAY 30: Linen closet organizing
Group-like items, here are tips from a post I wrote.
WHY YOU SHOULD NOT STORE BED LINENS IN A BATHROOM CLOSET
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DAY 31: Pantry organizing
A group like items, add bins for smaller items. These are tips to help you keep in your pantry.
Here is an image you print and use to get you started.
I hope this 15 minutes organizing challenge helps you get and stay organized. Good luck while you go through this process. Leave a message on how it is going. We would love to hear from you.
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I can't possibly do more than 2 of them in 15 minutes but it is a nice job of sorting the jobs. Maybe I can do them in a week of 15 minute segments for each job!
That is a great idea! It will take you longer, of course, but at least, the list will help keep you focused on what you need to do for that weeek.
If you saw my house, you would know, I appreciate anything that helps me get organized. Thanks for sharing.
Sabrina this is a great list! But, I'm so disorganized the only task on your list wold take me 15 minutes is sorting the cutlery, and that's pushing it. I'm personalizing the list to read, "Pamela's's 2 hour a day organizing tips."
Sorry to hear that. Try using the list as a suggestion on what area to organize. Make it a goal to organize one area once a week. It will take longer but it will eventually be finished. Doing some organizing will help you feel less overwhelmed.
Have for as long as I can remember written to do lists. They work very well for me. About this particular list you made thought, I don't need to do any of those things because all those areas are organised.:-)
Great job for keeping on top of your areas! Remember: Organized areas need to be reviewed and systems need to be refined when there is a change in your life so they stay organized and not fall into disarray.
The photo organizing; wow that's a big one. For me that took many months hard labor. But I do agree that breaking a big chore down is the best approach.
When it comes to a home, I've found that if I keep 2 places somewhat organized, it actually encourages me to fix the rest. Those are bathroom, which is the first thing I see in the morning, and kitchen, which is the second. Best part: Those only take 5 minutes each.
When it comes to my work, I wish I had something similar going on.... just today I spent hours cleaning up my computer before it completely jams... That's something I should spend the 15 min/day I guess. Could you make a checklist for that, too?
I total agree if you have two areas organized in your home, it makes you more likely to get the other areas organized as well.
Regarding your other issue with work, I created this Clearing Digital Clutter checklist that worked for me. Here is the post link: https://sabrinasorganizing.com/clearing-digital-clutter/ It helps me stay focused on what I completed when declutter in my computer files and what I still need to do. I hope it helps.
Thanks for stopping by.
I'm sad to say that in my house 15 minutes would not even scratch the surface of some of these things. Probably take me a day or two just to sort out my fiction/nonfiction books.
Sorry to hear that. 15 minutes organizing will help anyone, it just may take longer to finish. Tip:Take 15 minutes per day until that that task is completed. Even if you stay on that task for a few days or even a week, it will at least be completed when you are done. Always finish one task before starting the next one.
Sabrina, thank you for helping those who do not have dividers in their silverware drawer. As someone with more than mild OCD I began to twitch thinking that people have old phone books. Thanks.
Great way to break down organization tasks into small chunks and do a little bit each day.
I'm a very organized person...but this is a great list an the idea of 15 minutes a day is fantastic! I'm passing this on to some friends who really need it:)
Thanks Jacqueline, I really appreciate it.
Sabrina - this is a great list. I especially like the 15 minutes a day plan. I'm pretty organized but I did bookmark this page and later I'll use it to check out my under the sink cupboard and some of my other closets.
My - you are organised.
I take it you follow all of these through.
Those are all pretty basic organizing tips. Nice list. May I suggest perhaps some photos to split them up and make the post a bit more visual? You have some good ideas but scrolling through a long list without any breaks can be a bit tedious. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for the feedback. I was thinking of adding photos but I thought it would be too long and visitors would lose interest traveling to the end.