It’s so easy to let clutter consume your life – on a desk, on a computer, or at home. The clutter just sits there staring at you and you wonder if you’ll ever tackle what seems like an impossible task.
It’s well worth the time spent to organize, and afterward those who roll up their sleeves and begin organizing are glad they took the time. Whether you need a complete overhaul or just some tidying up, it’s time well spent.
Take Heart – It Can be Accomplished 5 Minutes at a Time
Some might wonder where they’ll find an afternoon or weekend to get things organized. This is the good news! You don’t have to donate hours at a time to accomplish a project. Pare it down to 15 minutes or even 5 minutes at a time. The only caution I have here is that with the 5 minute clutter clear, you can easily get immersed in it and end up spending 15 to 30 minutes organizing. That’s not a bad thing if you have the extra time to spend.
Whether you take time to organize five minutes at a time or 30 minutes, it’s important to schedule it and stick to the schedule.
Quick 5 Minute Projects
Clear the pile. A pile of papers not only looks messy, but it’s a reminder, day after day, that you need to file or shred them. Take five minutes each day and eliminate that pile. You’ll be happy you did it.
Clean out the pen drawer. It takes just 5 minutes or less to go through your pens and throw out those that have dried up, place all but five with your office supplies, and keep 5 pens close at hand.
The junk drawer needs to go. Take 5 minute a day to organize and go through your junk drawer until you have eliminated everything you don’t need. The bonus? When you’re done, you’ll have an extra drawer to organize true necessities.
Cut down on cable clutter. Hunting for USB cords and headphones is frustrating. Organize them and enjoy the fruits of your labor the next time you need to quickly find your headphones. Be safe and use common sense, though.
Clean your desk at the end of the day. If you don’t, you may end up with today and yesterday’s clutter tomorrow. This step eliminated the need to clear a pile in your future organizing day.
Organize Your Virtual Office
That email clutter. An organized email account is a must, but sometimes you have so many emails in your inbox that it seems nearly impossible to keep it clean. Take 5 minutes each morning and delete any junk mail in your inbox, filter the important mail from the less important, and care for what needs immediate attention.
Old voicemail messages need to go. Just take a few minutes, and go through your voicemail. Answer it, delete it, or save it.
Don’t forget your desktop screen. Over time, files, folder, and desktop icons can clutter your desktop screen. Go through them and file them virtually, put them in the trash, and leave what you will need. This is a time saver and you’ll be happy when you sit down to your computer.
Organize your schedule. It’s so easy to organize a schedule. You can use online programs like Asana or even your Google Calendar, but either way, take a little time to schedule your daily tasks. You’d be surprised at how much time you waste trying to make sure nothing is missed.
Store passwords. Ever spent five minutes trying to recover a password? It’s just plain not necessary, and you don’t have to have the same password for every site you visit. Use a password manager, and you’ll love how easy it is to log in the next time you need to.
It’s not so hard to clear your clutter when you organize five minutes at a time. At the end of the week, you’ll have spent close to a half hour depending on whether or not you take weekends off.