Five Five-Minute Unclutterers

by Kelly · 4 comments

in Living Frugally

Subscribe to your favorite sites, then clear them out of your bookmarks. I don’t like reading feeds, so I subscribe to the email service if a site offers it. Otherwise I spend a lot of time bouncing back to the site just to check. This way I declutter and get rid of distractions! If you belong to a lot of message boards or Yahoo groups then put those on daily mailings as well.

Go into a room and pick up the first thing you see
that doesn’t belong there. Go put it away. When in the new room, pick up the first thing you see that doesn’t belong in that room, and put it away. Repeat until you have put one thing away in each room in the house. Unless your house is McMansion huge, it shouldn’t take more than five minutes. The trick is to only take one thing from each room, otherwise this quickly becomes overwhelming. You can also do this with things to donate. Go through the house with a bag and grab one thing from each room to give away.

Make a cup of tea or a pot of coffee. While you are waiting for the water to boil or the coffee to brew clean your kitchen. If the dishes are already done then wipe down the counters. If the counters are already clean then use a damp rag to spot clean the floors. If the floors are already clean then have a cookie.

Set a timer. One Bag Nation is working on cleaning out her basement, five minute a day, every day. If you have a spot you can’t bear the thought of tackling then try the timer method. After all, it’s only five minutes and you can stop afterwards!

Write a five-item to-do list. With a to-do list as a plan of action you now know which jobs need to be tackled and you can methodically work your way through them. Limiting the list to five items prevents it from being too overwhelming. Plus, checking things off a list is so satisfying, isn’t it?

Have any quick decluttering tricks? Share them here!


1 Matt June 19, 2008

Its surprising how 5 minutes a day can really add up over time. I like your list.

2 Nicole June 19, 2008

I have a jar with slips of paper in them of tasks that can be accomplished in five minutes. If I’m stuck waiting, I just pull a slip out and do it. It’s usually something small like filing recipies but that way it gets done.

3 1hot&tiredmama June 20, 2008

Our whole family (including kids) does what I call the ten-minute-tidy every night. I set the timer for ten minutes and we race around the house trying to pick up as much as we can and put it away. It’s fun (we’re a little competitive) and the kids know it doesn’t take very long. Boy, it sure makes the house look better!

4 Ann - One Bag Nation June 20, 2008

Thanks for the link!

This five-minute thing really works for me. I regularly do 5-minute room rescues (a flylady technique). They keep my house tidy and give me a break from working at the computer.

I do the tea-making trick every day! Isn’t it amazing what you can do in just a few minutes?

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