6 Decluttering Projects In 30 Min or Less

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6 Decluttering Projects In 30 Min or Less


1. Clear Your Desktop

Work from home? Or have a little office with your main desk? Instead of aimless social media scrolling, set a timer for a desk-centered clutter-blasting session the next time you find yourself procrastinating instead of getting your work done. Sort and file important papers, shred and recycle unnecessary paperwork, test the pens in your pen cup, and clean out the drawers. While you’re at it, if you have your desktop computer or laptop there– think about when was the last time you cleaned up or organized the icons and folders on your desktop home screen…


2. Clear the Kitchen Counter

The kitchen counter is a common dumping ground for a variety of items, including shopping bags, receipts, to-do lists, random junk, and so forth… Set a timer and get to work — recycle unwanted papers and store items that belong somewhere else. If you need a drop-spot on the counter, make it a clearly defined zone to avoid future clutter sprawl like a large bowl that you will separate in the near future.


3. Bedside Table

Why should a cluttered nightstand be the last thing you see before going to bed and the first thing you see in the morning? Clear away the teetering stacks of books, scribbled notes, a stockpile of water glasses, and wipe away the coffee rings — it’s time for a new beginning. Let’s just have what you are currently reading, perhaps a journal and pen, and maybe a candle or a small vase of flowers for some ambiance and mood setting.


4. Under The Kitchen Sink

When was the last time you looked thoroughly under your kitchen sink? This area often becomes a repository for miscellaneous cleaning supplies, plastic bags, and jumbled tools. First, take everything out and clean the cupboard itself. Then, only replace items that are full and in good condition that you actually use. Empty containers should be recycled, and bags should be placed in plastic bags. Drop off of recyclables and move the used tools where the rest of them are.


5. Organize The Medicine Cabinet

The medicine cabinet, like other trouble spots, can accumulate a lot of clutter that you no longer need or even know you have. Sort through your medications and double-check the expiration dates. Adjust the contents of your medicine cabinet to what you actually use. If you no longer have an infant, it’s time to get rid of the Infant Tylenol and Motrin. This will free up a lot of space. Keeping similar medications together. Cold and flu medications, allergy medications, vitamins, and wellness items, prescriptions, and a place for first aid supplies, for example, should all be placed in designated and labeled areas of the medicine cabinet.


6. Single Drawer

Instead of attempting to tackle your entire closet at once, set a timer for 30 minutes and begin with a single drawer. Continue going through your clothes one drawer at a time until the timer goes off. As you sort, keep two empty bags or bins by your side, putting quality clothes in good repair in one bag to sell or donate and worn-out clothes in the other (drop these in a recycling bin).


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