If your piles of piles make you swoon, take heart! Whether you’re tackling a monstrous pile of papers or a house full of clutter, you can get a lot done by setting aside (and I mean put it on your calendar) just 10 minutes a day. I promise, even little nibbles can get you big results! Here’s how you make the most of it:

  1. Set up your system
    • For paper: boxes or bins labelled Trash, Recycle, Shred, File/Keep. I especially love banker boxes for this.
    • For stuff: boxes or bins labelled Trash, Donate, Keep, Move To Another Room
  2. Then choose on one little pieceof your messy, unhelpful, time-sucking, money-wasting, confidence-crushing universe – a pile of papers, a file drawer, an underwear drawer, a bookshelf, 3 square feet of your garage workbench, whatever – and go at it!
  3. Don’t explode your stuff all over the place. Just focus on that one little area until your timer pops.
  4. Next, toss the trash and recycleand leave your system for tomorrow or close it and stack it up and set it aside.
  5. Finally, as Scarlett O’Hara said, “Tomorrow is another day (and another pile)!”

What can you accomplish is just 10 minutes? Well, I guarantee you’ll get more done in 10 minutes than you have in all the time you’ve done nothing. So what have you got to lose?

See what my client did, applying the 10 Minute Tip? Visit my blog for a list of 10-minute organizing ideas and you can do it too!


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