10 Quick Home Organization Projects That Will Make You Feel Better In Minutes

Feeling overwhelmed by clutter and chaos in your home? Sometimes, all it takes is a few minutes to make a noticeable difference and lift your spirits. These quick home organization projects are designed to help you tackle messes efficiently, turning overwhelming spaces into tidy, serene areas. With just 15 minutes, you can create a more organized and calming environment, giving you a sense of accomplishment and making your home feel more inviting.

It’s Not Always About The Deep Clean

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Cleaning and organizing don’t always have to be monumental tasks. Instead of waiting for the perfect time to do a deep clean, focus on small, manageable projects that can be done in short bursts. These quick tasks can significantly impact your living space and mental well-being without requiring hours of effort.

Embrace the idea that even a few minutes of tidying can lead to a more organized, stress-free home, making it easier to maintain a sense of order and tranquility in your daily life.

Try a Junk Box Tidy-Up Solution

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A “junk box” is a quick way to clear up mess and clutter from a room or multiple rooms. Start by grabbing a sturdy box or basket and walking through the areas where clutter tends to accumulate. Place all out-of-place items into the box, focusing on reducing visual clutter. This method helps you quickly transform a chaotic space into a more organized and calm environment, alleviating the stress and overwhelm that comes from staring at piles of stuff.

Once your box is filled, set aside a few minutes to put away the items in their designated places. I do this every single night after the children are in bed and before I enjoy a relaxing cup of tea with my husband. The next morning I put away everything in the box.

The key here is to use something that isn’t too large.

Unsubscribe From Emails

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Email inboxes can quickly become overwhelming, filled with promotional messages and newsletters that you don’t even read. Take ten minutes to go through your inbox and unsubscribe from any emails that you no longer find useful or enjoyable. Look for the “unsubscribe” link, usually at the bottom of these emails, and click through the process. This will not only reduce the clutter in your inbox but also decrease the amount of time you spend sorting through emails each day.

After unsubscribing, consider setting up filters or labels to automatically sort incoming emails. This way, important messages stand out and less critical ones are neatly organized into folders. By reducing the volume of unwanted emails, you’ll create a more streamlined and manageable inbox, making it easier to stay on top of your correspondence and reducing daily stress.

File That Paperwork

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One of the biggest game-changers in my life, and I’m not exaggerating, was getting a filing cabinet. Now, each family member has a folder with important documents like birth certificates, passports, tax information, and more.

A pile of paperwork can be a significant source of stress. Spend ten minutes tackling that stack by sorting papers into categories: to file, to action, and to shred. Start with the “to file” pile, quickly organizing documents into appropriate folders or filing systems. This small step can make your paperwork more manageable and ensure that important documents are easily accessible when you need them.

For the “to action” pile, prioritize tasks and decide what needs immediate attention. For documents to shred, use this time to securely dispose of them, freeing up valuable space. Regularly spending a few minutes on your paperwork can prevent the pile from growing and help you maintain a tidy and efficient home office, reducing the stress associated with paper clutter.

Dump Everything Out of Your Purse

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A cluttered purse can become a bottomless pit of loose change, forgotten snacks, random baby socks, and God knows what else. It adds unnecessary stress to your life. Take ten minutes to dump everything out and sort through the contents. Identify items you use daily and those you can leave at home. Throw away trash, such as old receipts or wrappers, and set aside any items that don’t belong in your purse.

This quick purge can make your purse lighter and more organized. And I’m sure you’ll find some treasures, like that expensive lipstick you thought was lost.

After sorting, consider using small pouches or organizers to keep similar items together. This makes it easier to find what you need quickly and keeps your purse tidy in the future. A well-organized purse can save you time and frustration, making your daily errands and tasks more efficient and less stressful.

Clean Out Your Spice Rack

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I love kitchen organization, it’s one of the most rewarding household tasks. It’s also one of the most overwhelming and I’ve experienced that feeling of paralysis staring at multiple spaces overflowing with items.

Start small; start with your spice rack.

A cluttered spice rack can make cooking more stressful than necessary. Spend ten minutes pulling out all your spices and checking expiration dates. Discard any spices past their prime or that you no longer use. Group similar spices together to make finding what you need easier.

After sorting, consider arranging your spices in a way that makes sense to you, such as alphabetically or by cuisine or cooking style. For example, if you’re a big baker, it makes sense to have baking spices/ingredients close by where you make baked goods. This can make meal preparation more efficient and enjoyable. A well-organized spice rack looks better and helps you keep track of what you have, preventing unnecessary purchases and ensuring your spices are always fresh and flavorful.

Check Your Recurring Payments & Subscriptions

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I’m embarrassed by how much free money I’ve given to corporations for services I no longer used.

Recurring payments and subscriptions can quickly add up, often without us even realizing it. Take ten minutes to review your bank statements or account settings to identify any recurring charges. Make a list of subscriptions you want to keep, and consider canceling those that you no longer use or need. This quick review can save you money and reduce financial stress.

Once you’ve identified subscriptions to cancel, follow through with the cancellation process. Set reminders to review your subscriptions regularly to ensure you’re only paying for what you use. By keeping an eye on your recurring payments, you can better manage your finances and feel more in control of your budget.

Clean & Organize Your Fridge

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A cluttered fridge can make meal prep more challenging and lead to wasted food. And a dirty fridge is just gross. Spend ten minutes cleaning and organizing your fridge. Start by removing all items and discarding anything that’s expired or spoiled. Wipe down shelves and drawers to create a clean surface for your food.

You can also just focus on moving items aside and cleaning the surfaces with a mild cleanser. As you do this, take out anything that’s expired or growing mold. We’ve all been there, don’t worry.

If you want to keep going and take it to the next level, group similar items together and place them back in an organized manner. Use clear bins or containers to keep smaller items in order. Labeling shelves or bins can help you and your family maintain this organization over time. An organized fridge makes finding ingredients, planning meals, and reducing food waste easier, contributing to a more efficient and pleasant kitchen experience.

If you do this monthly, it gets faster as you’re not starting with a filthy fridge full of layers of caked-on spills or grease that have accumulated over multiple months.

Organize Your Tupperware & Food Storage Containers

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Messy food storage containers can make finding the right lid or container a frustrating experience. Take ten minutes to sort through your Tupperware. Match lids to containers and discard any that are missing their pair. Consider donating or recycling any containers you no longer use. If you like having extras on hand for parties, store them separately from the containers you use regularly for yourself and your family.

I used to store lids separately from the containers, and it makes sense in theory, but that got messy quickly. Now, I store my containers stacked with the lids on, and I find this much easier and neater. Try it both ways and see what you prefer.

Clean Your Makeup Brushes and Get Rid of Old Makeup

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Makeup brushes can harbor bacteria and old makeup can become ineffective or even harmful. You don’t want an infection from dirty tools. Spend ten minutes cleaning your brushes and sorting through your makeup collection. Use a gentle brush cleaner or mild soap to wash your brushes, and lay them flat to dry. This helps maintain your skin’s health and the longevity of your brushes.

While your brushes dry, check the expiration dates on your makeup products. Discard anything that’s expired or that you no longer use. Organize your remaining makeup in a way that makes your daily routine easier, such as by type or frequency of use. A clean and organized makeup collection can enhance your beauty routine and contribute to healthier skin.

Tackle That Drawer

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The infamous junk drawer can quickly become a catch-all for miscellaneous items. I’m a big advocate for having junk drawers in the home, but they can get out of hand and need maintenance.

Spend ten minutes sorting through this drawer. Remove everything and decide what to keep, toss, or relocate. Group similar items together and consider using drawer organizers to keep things in order.

After sorting, return only the items you truly need to the drawer, arranging them neatly in their designated spaces. Regularly maintaining this organization can prevent the drawer from becoming cluttered again. A tidy junk drawer can make it easier to find what you need quickly and reduce the stress of dealing with disorganized spaces.

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