10 Minute Tricks to Help You Get Organized

You can do more than you think in 10 minutes!

What can you get done in 10 minutes? More than you think! Here are four simple ideas.

10 minute chore box
Rather than spending hours organizing, and doing it all yourself, create a 10 Minute Chore Box for yourself--and one for each family member. Each person's box contains specific chores or tasks that need to be completed. The chores are written on slips of paper, and take a maximum of 10 minutes each to accomplish. You can gear the tasks towards the person's abilities (e.g. while older kids can help out with vacuuming, a 3 year old may instead be responsible for putting away his/her toys).

Each day, as a chore is completed, that slip of paper is placed in a holding envelope until the Chore Box is empty. Then, when empty, the boxes are refilled, and the system starts over again. This system also works well at the office!

10 minute pick-up
Control the chaos. Schedule a consistent 10 Minute Pick-up time each night. At this time, all family members are responsible for clearing out and putting away their belongings from the main family area.

10 minute "When I have time" goals
One of the oldest phrases in the book is, "I'll do that, when I have the time." Problem is, that time never seems to come. If you REALLY want to do something, the time can generally be found pretty easily. If you just won an all-expenses paid trip to the land of your dreams, you'd probably find time to fit it into your busy schedule.

So, it's time to begin fitting in those things you want to do, and 10 Minute Goals can help. For example, schedule 10 minutes a day to catch up on your reading, or to begin learning that foreign language, or to simply spend time having fun with your children.

10 minute luxuries
Don't forget to schedule a few 10 Minutes Luxuries per day to do something nice for yourself. Sometimes the day is so rushed and chaotic, that it's easy to forget the really important things like family, health, spirituality, personal time and so on. Take that 10 minute vacation every day. You deserve it!

Maria Gracia, founder of Get Organized Now!, specializes in helping people get better organized to live the kind of stress-free life they've always dreamed of. She can help you organize your home, your office and your life. Get your FREE Idea-Pak and E-zine filled with tips, ideas, articles and more to help you organize your home, your office and your life at the Get Organized Now! Web site.


crnjrk's picture

hello, i'm a full time mom, full time employee
yes you right, never seem to have time for our selves,
i do agree with taking time for yourself
how do you suppose to do that, with all the things i need to do such as
work 7-3:30 [which means wake up @5:45 to leave work at 6:00am then pick-up daughter @ school
then cook by the end of the day
i am dead tired
please advise how do you really manage your time
do you have some books or dvd, that i can purchase?

wyldblueangel's picture

Hi, I was just wondering if you have to work and what a full time mom is!?!

Guest's picture

... a single mother who doesn't get any support (financial, emotional, or child care) from the children's father. Whenever my DH is gone on business trips, I realize just how much he does do when he is home. I get to stay home with our children, though, and don't have to financially support them and myself on top of everything else.

I don't really feel like a "part time mother" but I recognize just how much more difficult the lives of single parents are who are left on their own with their children. I can rely on my husband to help when I am in a time crunch.

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