A More Organized Life in 10 Minutes a day

Organizing your life doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking.  If you keep it simple and break it down into manageable projects it’s easy.  Below is a list of things you can do in 10 minutes or less to get a more organized life.

A more organized life in 10 minutes a day

Your to-do list is a mile long and you just don’t have the time to get it all done.  Or do you?  It’s amazing what you can get done in 10 minutes time.  You can tackle small projects while you’re waiting in the after school pick up line, or while dinner is in the oven.  We’ve all got pockets of time throughout the day that we are wasting while we’re waiting on someone or something.  Below is a list of things you can do in those 10 minutes you’re busy waiting.

Things you can do in 10 minutes or less to get a more organized life

1. Clean up your email inbox. Instead of playing Candy Crush while waiting for your kids, you can go through your email inbox.  You can reply to important emails, delete the junk, or add appointments to your calendar.   An inbox that isn’t full of junk and already read emails is easier to deal with, and less overwhelming.

2. Make an appointment  Speaking of appointments, you can make appointments.  You know you’re overdue for an eye exam.  You can call the doctor and set up an appointment in less than 10 minutes.  When you’re better able to see the twinkle in your daughter’s eyes, you’ll be glad you did.

3. Declutter your bathroom.  I don’t know about you, but after I’ve done my hair and makeup I don’t usually have time to put everything away.  I’m usually running out the door to avoid being late.  In 10 minutes time you can put makeup and hair accessories away, wipe down the counter and sink, sweep the floor and take out the trash.  The next morning, you’ll have a clutter free bathroom to get read for work.  Which should be easier now that everything is in it’s place.

4. Pay bills.  Whether you pay your bills online, using your phone, or you actually still write a check, you can pay the bills in about 10 minutes.  If you do this once a week, you have no late payments, and the clutter is kept to a minimum.

5. Vacuum one room. It doesn’t matter which room, just vacuum one room.  It takes 10 minutes or less, and if you do a room a day the whole house is manageable.

6. Unload the dishwasher.  This is Zoe’s chore, and she almost always takes more than 10 minutes to do it.. But usually unloading the dishwasher can be done in 10 minutes.

7. Make your bed.  You can change the sheets on your bed in 10 minutes or less.  You can just make your bed in 5.  And a room always looks neater and cleaner if the bed is made.

8. Start a load of laundry.  The laundry never ends.  Grab all the towels from the bathroom while you’re putting everything away and start a load of laundry.

9. Fold a load of laundry.  When it’s done, you can grab a basket and while watching your favorite television show you can fold that load of laundry.

10. Clean out your purse.  I don’t know about you, but receipts and gum wrappers and other miscellaneous junk always accumulate in my purse.  And I have a teeny tiny purse too in the hopes of avoiding that.  Once a month (or more often if necessary) dump everything out and only put back in what you absolutely need.  You know, make room for next month’s receipts and gum wrappers.

11.  Clean out the car.  Take a small trash bag with you when you go to pick up the kids.  While you’re waiting in the after school pick up line, you can gather the trash that is on the floor of your car.  When the kids get in, they can pick up the trash on the floor in the backseat.  When you get home, you’ve got a clean(er) car.

12 Put your clothes away.  I hate to fold clothes.  I am currently looking at my unmade bed covered in today’s unfolded laundry.  As soon as I get done with this I’ve got to fold three loads of laundry and put clothes away.  I know, it would have only taken 10 minutes if had done it as I was doing the laundry.  Now they’re wrinkled and it’s going to take three times as long to fold and put it all away.

A More Organized Life in 10 Minutes a Day

None of these things take a great deal of time but doing them will have a huge impact on your daily life.  Things will be more organized, less cluttered.  When it comes to laundry I really should start practicing what I preach. I’m going to get started, right now.

About Becky

While control is an illusion, organization helps to manage the chaos of our lives. Becky was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2007. She has found that when her life and home are organized her bipolar mind is less manic. She shares her attempts at managing the chaos of living with her fiance and tweenage step-daughter, while trying to be a good parent to her mostly grown children who live 2 hours away.

19 comments to A More Organized Life in 10 Minutes a day

  • This is a great list – I definitely find myself taking advantage of those few minutes here and there to get things done so that once my boys are in bed, I get some relaxation time. Thanks for posting!

  • I really need to do #1! I have so many emails in my inbox and it always stressing me out! Great post 🙂

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    • Becky

      My email inbox is the worst! So if I find I have a few minutes, I promise myself I’ll deal with 10 emails.

  • I am all about using the small pockets of my day to clean and get caught up on the home. This was a great list! There are 2 that I am terrible at, so I’m glad you included them: Vacuum one room and cleaning out my purse (diaper bag in my case). I need to just use the small pockets of time for those 2 tasks! Thanks for the suggestions. 🙂

    • Becky

      Thank you so much Emily. I started carrying a small purse in the hopes of not having junk accumulate in it. It hasn’t worked. I still have entirely too much junk in there. I need to be more mindful of what goes in it.

  • LOVE this Becky! I have a post about how much you can do in just 15 minutes, and I swear if you just commit to it, you can get the vast majority of your daily clean up in 2 10 or 15 minute sessions. I actually will set a timer and challenge myself to get as much as I can done!

    • Becky

      I find if I know I have an out in 10 minutes I’ll clean longer because I get in a groove and know that after 10 I can stop. Thank you for stopping by!

  • It all sounds so simple when I read it! I really like the tips about vacuuming one room a day and decluttering the bathroom when you’re done.

    • Becky

      Thank you so much!! Putting everything away in the bathroom when I’m done serves 2 purposes. 1. It straightens up my bathroom and 2. Gets my stuff out of Sam’s way so he doesn’t trip all over it.

  • livyslife2016

    Great tips! It is so true just a little time here and there makes a big difference. Thanks for sharing!

  • These are awesome and I love how little time they take! Cleaning and organizing feels much more manageable in little spurts.

    • Becky

      Thank you so much!!! Cleaning and organizing in small time frames takes little effort but makes a huge difference!

  • I need to do a bunch of those things (especially clean out the car).

    • Becky

      Our car, ugh. It gets so cluttered so quickly because people forget to take stuff in with them, or they don’t throw their trash away.

  • This is exactly what I needed to see to get motivated! So simple, but necessary things to do. Love the list!

  • What a great list, Becky. And you’re right, I can knock out many of these in 10 minutes. In fact, I’m finding that every little 10 mins count, so I’m trying to spend mine wisely.
    By the way, I’m loving how your blog is shaping up. The look, the topics, it’s all coming together so nicely. I’m always happy to stop by.
    Happy Mother’s Day to you!
    Marva | sunSPARKLEshine

    • Becky

      Thank you so much for your kind words. It’s always nice to hear when a reader enjoys your space.
      And yes! You can accomplish so much in just 10 minutes! Answer an email, leave a comment on a blog, make someone’s day!
      Happy Mother’s Day to you as well!