The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Angie at Echoes of Laughter.
Do you avoid organizing and tidying-type jobs in your home because you think that you don’t have ‘time’? Do you keep meaning to get to those tasks and projects, but think that you need to take a ‘day off’ or spend a whole weekend tackling those things? I am here today to encourage you and to tell you that you don’t need a whole day or weekend to devote to those things. You can accomplish a lot in just 20 minutes by setting a small goal and concentrating on just one area. Yes! It’s true. Pick an area and set your timer for 20 minutes and you will be amazed and very proud of what you can manage to get done in those precious 20 minutes. When those 20 minutes are over, you can walk away and go on with your day…feeling happy knowing that you have one area in your home that is organized and stress-free to look at. You know that saying, “baby steps”? A lot can be done with just 20 minutes of “baby steps” a few times a week.
Here is one of my 20 minute organizing projects this week. This organizer, hanging on the inside of the linen closet door, had become nothing short of a jumbly mess. Every time I opened the linen closet, this mess was staring at me. At one time, this organizer was well put together and made sense. But over time, it had just become an eyesore. So I set the timer and got to work. I removed everything, threw away the spoiled or expired products, relocated things that didn’t belong, and then I sorted things into categories.
I put one category back into each zippered pocket, labelled the pockets, and I even had a minute to spare before my timer went off. Yay!
Now when I open the linen closet door, I have a nice organizer to look at. And my family can find what they need easily without having to dig through a mess of mixed up things.
So please tell me…do you have an area in your home that could benefit from just 20 minutes of organizing time? If you schedule 20 minutes for organizing this week, what area will you tackle first?
Please comment and let me know. I would love to hear your thoughts!
Wishing you a wonderful week and I hope there is some sunshine in your corner of the world!
Angie’s blog, Echoes of Laughter, is all about filling your home with love and laughter. She loves creative projects, organizing & decorating, cooking, baking, and all things domestic. Angie lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and two great kids.