I know, we women never have time to spare but investing a bit of time today will save you at least twice the time tomorrow... searching for things is the biggest time-waster, so getting organised makes very good sense.
Just grab half an hour and tackle one (or two) of the following tasks, some of which can actually be done in less than 30 minutes.
• De-clutter One Drawer in the Kitchen
Sort the contents into three piles: out of place, throw away, and put back. Wipe out the drawer. Replace wanted items. Put those that are out of place back where they belong and pitch the throw-away items.
NOTE: If you find any items that are unwanted but still in good shape, place them in a box to be donated to charity or sold at your next yard sale.
• Purge your Purse
Dump the contents onto the floor. Get rid of trash. Organise your money. Stash your receipts somewhere where you’ll be able to locate them when needed. And consider getting a smaller purse. If you buy a big purse, you’ll be sure to fill it. Think small! A “clutch on a string” type purse with space for a cell phone should do the trick. You can always keep this inside a larger tote bag or diaper bag if you want.
NOTE: It will be easier when shopping if you keep your main purse small and its contents narrowed down to the essentials.
• Clean your Kitchen Bench Tops
Move everything to one side of your kitchen counters. Wipe thoroughly. Move everything to the other side. Wipe the second half. Place it all back where it belongs.
• Disinfect your Doorknobs
This is likely the most germ-infested area of your home. Everyone touches the doorknobs, but no one cleans them. How many do you have in your home. I live in a 2 bedroom apartment and just went around counting mine. I have six doors and 12 door knobs…so a quick process right!. Experts say to give them a good rubbing with a disinfectant wipe every so often.
• Clean out your Fridge
Pull everything out onto the bench top. Wipe down the inside. Replace only what is not out of date. Ditch the rest. If any items are near the expiration date, and not going to be used soon, freeze if possible.
• Clean out the freezer
Use the same method of attack for the freezer. Discard anything that is out of date and no longer safe or tasty to eat. Can you say “freezer burn”? I knew you could. This will only take 5 minutes to do.
• Mind the Medicine Cabinet
Check the dates on all your medicines, and decide which ones must be tossed. Rid the cabinet of any lotions, shampoos, and products you don’t need. Wipe the shelves down and replace only what you’re keeping. I do this twice a year when the time changes.
NOTE: That’s also when we check our smoke-alarm batteries.
• Organize the Hall Cupboard
While you may not be able to make a dent in a large bedroom cupboard in 30 minutes, you might be able to straighten up a simple hall cupboard. Empty it, sweep it out, and wipe down any shelves. Hang the coats back up and reposition other hats, gloves, boots, and such. Consider getting plastic storage bins to keep like items together, further organising the contents. This will feel amazing when done!
NOTE: Get rid of what you don’t need.
• Purge the Pantry
We use this every day - 3 times a day so it makes sense to make it visually appealing and most importantly accessible. Remove all canned and boxed goods from your pantry shelves. Throw away what is out of date. Make a pile of what is still good but your family won’t likely eat. Donate this to a local food bank or homeless shelter. Replace items in an order logical to you. Sometimes, see if you can eat for a week with only the items you find in your pantry. I’ve invented some recipes this way. Go online to find recipes that pair items you have on hand. Shop for only what fresh items are needed to round out your meals.
NOTE: You’ll save a bundle on your groceries this week!
• Tidy and Clean a Chelf
Take time to pick through just one shelf in the garage or basement, ridding it of unwanted items and leaving it neat and tidy.
NOTE: If you do one shelf a day, that area will gradually get de-cluttered.
• Sort Socks
Have a basket or bag with single, lonely socks that have lost their mates. Dump the bag and pair up any matches. Better still - have a notice board in your laundry and peg the missing ones here…So when they show up - you can match them up quickly.
NOTE: Better yet, pay a child a small amount of pocket money for any matches they can find…
• First Appearances DO Count
Take a look at what others see when they knock on your front door. Does your front window need washing? The veranda need sweeping? Are there cobwebs that could do with a good knocking down? Take a little time to make the entrance to your home look presentable.
• Deal with your Drains
Pour some baking soda in your kitchen-sink drain. Next, douse it with a little vinegar. The resulting bubbling action will freshen it up. Or pour some clog-removing liquid down the bathroom sink and tub drains to prevent hair clogs in the first place.
• Fiddle with your Files
Remove three or four files from your filing cabinet. Look through them and make sure the contents are still worth keeping. If you find manuals for appliances you no longer own or out-dated paperwork, toss or shred them now.
NOTE: Doing this regularly keeps your files up to date.
• Give THANKS
Anyone you’ve been meaning to write a thank-you note to? Do it now. And to make it easier in the future, place some thank-you notes, stamps, return address labels, and your address book in a basket near your sofa so it’s easy and convenient to just write them.
NOTE: This is a fantastic way to build confidence and encourage others, it can mean the world to someone to receive a special hand written note in the post especially when just about all our communication seems to be via electronic devises.