New Haven (WTNH) - If you think you don't have time to get your home or officeorganized, think again.
Professional organizer Lisa Lelas from LifeStyling in Guilford showed us how you can accomplish bigorganizing tasks in just a small amount of time.
The following organizing tips were compiled by Lisa:
Create a daily "task basket." On your kitchencounter near your telephone, place a little basket filled with 5-10 minute little tasks (on seperate strips of paper) that you neverseem to make the time for (such as cleaning out the microwave,folding laundry, polishing the sink, etc.). Once or twice a day,whenever you're on the phone for an extended conversation, reachinto the basket and pull out a task to accomplish while chatting onphone!
Get into the habit of creating a 10 minute time pocketevery day to accomplish an organizing task. Mark it inyour planner or on the calendar. Maybe stay 10 minutes later atwork to organize your desk and files, or get up 10 minutes earlierto organize something around the house. Before you know it, it willbe as normal as brushing your teeth everyday!
Things you can accomplish in just 10 minutes or less:
Weed out 10 file folders. Dedicate 1 minute orless per folder, cull and recycle any papers you no longer need.Consider dating material stored in files and/or placing most recentpaperwork in the front of the file folder, so older, more outdatedmaterials can be culled easily in the back of the folder.
Get rid of junk emails. While at your desk, take5-10 minutes to unsubscribe to 5-10 junk E-Mails each day.
Synchronize your day planner or electronicorganizer to your household master calendar for kid's events,appointments and other family activities.
Sort through that pile of magazines and oldcatalogues either stuffed into a magazine rack, on your kitchencounter or beside your bed. Be honest- if you haven't read amagazine that's several months old, chances are you never will.Toss them into the recycling bin. If there's a dog-eared page youwanted to save, tear that out and file it away.
Pick through an overstuffed drawer: a kitchengadget drawer, a junk drawer, a sock drawer, etc. Set a timer for10 minutes, grab a trash bag and toss things you don't need.
Write out your greeting cards for the month. Ifyou shop ahead and purchase all the cards you need for that season,it'll only take about 10 minutes to write out all of your greetingcards for the month ahead. Address them, stamp them and send themout!
Clear out one shelf in your refrigerator. Removeitems first, clean the shelf and put items back in an orderlyway.
Make a donation bag. Go through your clothescloset and choose 5 clothing items that you never wear. Do thisregularly. When the bag is full, donate it!
Make an appointment you've been putting off.Whether it's a trip to the dentist, doctor or accountant, get onthe phone and establish an appointment time.
Clear off one flat surface in your home. Whetherit be your kitchen table, counter, desktop, dresser top ornightstand, choose one and clear it of clutter!
And finally... clean out your purse!
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