I don’t know about you, but large jobs overwhelm me. I tend to do nothing (I call this my”paralysis mode”) unless I can find a way to break the job down into smaller chucks. Let me show you how to break it down and get organized in 15 minutes a day!
Fifteen minute increments can be life-changing. Tasks that are too big and too overwhelming, or simply too aggravating to get done, can be done over a short period of time with little headache.
All you need is a timer.
What job do you need to get done?
Create an organized office space? Clean out the kid’s rooms? Tackle the garage?
Those tasks can seem daunting. But if you adopt the mindset of ” a little at a time” and stay consistent with it, your task will get done sooner than you think.
Pick a job. And a time each day. And meet that task for 15 minutes per day. Work hard. Don’t allow for any interruptions.
Yes, I am telling you to let your kids find something to do for a whole 15 minute segment. They can seriously handle it.
Be sure to bring any supplies you might need such as trash bags for separating items, gloves for dirty or dusty jobs, or a broom. Also, make a plan.
I like to start by removing almost everything out of a room, or at least out of a closet or off of shelves. This creates a clean, roomy space to start adding things back into. If you can’t remove everything, go ahead and cram things into corners of the room to create open space to work.
It is always good to have 3 piles of things to deal with: Throw away, give away and keep.
This can be a tricky process and we all have differing priorities when it comes to tossing things and keeping things. I encourage you to be brutal and get rid of more than you think you want to. Of course, items with sentimental value are worth keeping, but do you really need every single item your toddler wore? Or can you keep a couple of special pieces?
Clothes that do not fit should be tossed. You can send them to the thrift store for now and then revisit it when you are an inch or two smaller and buy someone else’s smaller size. Yes, you are spending money, but you are also creating space and sending clutter out the door.
Always remember that the things that you choose to keep have to be dusted, maintained, fixed and cared for.
Life is so much simpler when you have fewer things to maintain.
You are going to be surprised at how quickly your 15 minutes per day yields results. Yes, you will have a bit more of a mess for a while, BUT the job is getting done. After one week (Monday though Friday) you will have done over one hour of organizing work. After two weeks, two and a half hours of work is done. And by then, the kid’s rooms look great or the car will finally fit into the garage.
Believe it or not, it is possible to get organized in 15 minutes a day. You might just find this addictive because it is so effective. I do it all the time.
Happy organizing, friends!