Never enough time to get everything done…tasks that you can do in 10 minutes or less that will help reduce clutter in your home.
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[00:00:00] You’re always feeling like there is just not enough time to get everything done that you need to do. There are a few tasks that can be done in 10 minutes or even less time than that. And they can help you reduce the clutter in your home. We’ve all been there at one time or another where we are super frustrated because it seems like there is not enough time in the day. We are always running out of minutes and we need to get more done. And the constant mess and clutter in our home it’s not helping us. It’s adding to that overwhelm.
And there’s a list of all the things we have to do hanging over our heads. Is not fun at all, but using 10 minute chunks of time when they come up throughout the day, that I can hope you have a home where we get some of these tasks done. And it feels like there [00:02:00] is less visual clutter that is stressing you out and bothering you.
What we want to do is use our time efficiently. It’s a great way to figure out when you have a few minutes here, a few minutes there. You have to figure out what can you do? And the 10 minute chunks of time that will make a dent in all of the things that need to be done. All of these tasks that are probably repetitive things that we have to do on a daily basis.
Maybe a couple of times a day, maybe a couple of times a week. If you have about 10 minutes, maybe eight minutes, maybe 15 minutes. But if you have about 10 minutes, Of course, that is not enough time to take on a big project and declutter an entire room, but it is plenty of time to accomplish tasks and to cross things off the list when these are regular household chores and tasks that need to be done on a repetitive basis, like. It each day or every couple of days now, ideally you will work these type of things into a daily routine. So that this is just something that happens.
You do it efficiently. They are part of an evening routine, a morning routine, any type of routine that you intentionally set up. And that means. Once the routine is in place and it becomes a habit. Then you were not thinking about even doing these things. These are something that you can remove from the overall feelings of stress of, I have to get this done.
There’s something else to do. My house is such a mess. There’s clutter everywhere. It’s dirty. We want to remove those things by creating intentional routines. And the things I’m going to talk about today are tasks that should be part of our daily routines. And then they become a habit. They simply get done out of habit because they are a habit once you’ve practiced that routine for about a month. But for today until you have set up and have this implementation phase [00:04:00] done of creating and setting up the intentional routines, because those are going to streamline and simplify everything in your home, then. You are going to use these 10 minute chunks of times when you have them here and there, and they are going to be helpful in your home for now, but that is the goal that you want. All of that organized home that is virtually clutter-free, that comes from the decluttering, the organizing and setting up those intentional routines to make it so that these things we’re going to talk about today. Are have are getting done because they’re part of the routine.
They have become a habit. Now a few things that come to mind. That I know will help you clear the clutter and be able to put a big check mark or an X or cross out the item on your to-do list, whether it’s an actual to-do list or just in your mind. You’re keeping track of these things. A couple things that come to mind are one load.
The dishwasher. If you are not in a routine where every time a dishes used it’s going into the dishwasher. And as soon as the dishwasher is full, then. You put this open and run to that. And then MDA. Soon after it’s done. If that’s not part of your routine now, and you have stacks of dishes or dishes are left out or a sink full of dishes. When you have 10 minutes here or there load the dishwasher. And if it’s full run it so that you can get those clean dishes put away in a couple of hours. So that’s one and it’s just take care of those dishes and get the dishwasher. Full so that it can clean the dishes for you. Another thing that comes to mind is. Putting a load of laundry in the washing machine.
And we can really break this down. If you know that you have to do laundry and most families need to do laundry every single day to keep up [00:06:00] with the laundry. So there is not a whole bunch to do in one setting. Then. Bake. Sure you have 10 minutes. You grab the laundry basket, that’s full, put it in and start a load of laundry.
This could be also, if you have to admit it and there’s laundry waiting for you and a basket someplace, it’s clean, it’s ready to be folded. Or it’s been in the dryer for a couple of days. All nice and dry waiting to be folded and put away. You could use those 10 minutes to fold and put away that load of laundry as well.
Use these 10 minutes efficiently. You don’t have to drag it out. Make the laundry process as efficient as possible. And one way of doing that is by doing at least one load of laundry a day, depending on the needs of your family and the number of people this might mean two or three or four loads every single day. But when you create the intentional routine that is going to streamline everything, you’re going to figure out what is best.
How could we get this laundry situation under control so that we are all in a constant rotation where the laundry is. Being done on a regular basis and we’re not getting a backlog of many, many loads that are waiting to be put away. So that second one. Two parts, I guess you could say that’s number two and number three. Put a load of laundry in the washing machine, gather it up, put it in, start that load.
You can use the 10 minutes for that, or if there’s a load waiting to be folded and put it away and you have 10 minutes use the 10 minutes to fold and put away the laundry. And then one other thing I want to mention is our kitchens are a place that we spend a lot of time. When you hear the phrase like the kitchen is the heart of the home.
It is where people gather when you have company over or your kids have friends over whatever it is. There seems to be a lot of congregating in the kitchen to make this space as clutter-free as possible, because [00:08:00] we are in and out. It is oftentimes the dumping ground, the kitchen table, or the. Kitchen island or the counters things get set there.
And if we don’t have a system in place to take care of these and put these things away, that they quickly become cluttered. And visual clutter stresses us out. And can make us frustrated. Just by being an item that is all over and taking up space and causing this stress in our homes. So what are you going to do with 10 minutes clear off the kitchen table or clear off the kitchen island or clear off the counters.
Pick one area, one section. Walk through, grab everything that doesn’t belong in this room. Go put it away and get it out of there. And then clean. Whatever you clean with grab the, the towel. And whatever your spray bottle is, clean it down, make it all nice and clean. Clutter-free and then you have an area that does not have that visual clutter that is stressing you out anymore.
If you have a small space, you might be able to get your kitchen counters and your island or your kitchen counters in your dining table. It done in that 10 minutes, but removing the clutter and having a space that looks good and feels good because you have removed the visual clutter and it seems clean to you. Is going to help you and reduce your stress. And help you to feel better. Immediately once that is done. So those were a couple of things that come to mind.
When I think about easy things you could do when you have 10 minutes here or there, that will help you to get these tasks done that need to be done on a regular basis and are reoccurring things that we have to do over and over again, we don’t need a huge chunks of time to make an impact in. The way that our home fields and the way that it looks in terms of being picked up and [00:10:00] organized and less clutter, we can do these things in 10 minute chunks of time, 10 minutes here, 10 minutes there, we can accomplish things and get things done. Using the time that you have to complete the thing is like laundry and being taking a clean kitchen or wiping off the dining table and putting all of those items away that is going to help you overall fuel better in your space.
Feel better in your home because the clutter is reduced. It has been removed and you’ve accomplished one more task. One more thing that you have to do. And it has to be done anyway. So maybe that means by you fitting these things in throughout the day or in the evening. When these 10 minute, little blocks of time come up, maybe that means 10 minutes or 20 minutes earlier, you could go to bed and get more sleep or have a little bit of time to relax. Fit the tasks in where you have the minutes and let’s be as efficient as possible. Always remember that any progress you are making in your home or towards your goals? That is an accomplishment.
You should celebrate it. You should be proud of yourself because you will accomplish something. And it is one more step closer, one more step in the direction that you are trying to move in to that goal that you desired. A simplified home, a streamlined home, an organized whole, but it is possible when you keep moving forward. Take one step after the other and you follow a proven plan to get there. [00:12:00]
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Lauren is the founder of Intentional Edit, a home organization and lifestyle company focused on consciously editing to create efficient and organized spaces. Lauren believes that a functional home that looks and feels good has a positive influence on all aspects of life. Creating systems that allow for the home to function more efficiently, therefore, eliminating most of the clutter and chaos is her priority. While trends come and go organization is always in style!
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