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Crazy Easy Organizing Projects

05-27-19 Crazy Easy Organizing Projects (1)

Organizing doesn’t have to be difficult or exhausting. Here are some crazy simple easy tasks you can do today that will make you more organized than you are right now!

  1. Write down 3 tasks you need to do today.
  2. Check your calendar.
  3. Empty the dishwasher.
  4. Fold a load of laundry.
  5. Make that one phone call you’ve been dreading.
  6. Make an appointment.
  7. Respond to an email that has been sitting in your in box.
  8. Throw 5 things away that are in your junk drawer.
  9. Bag up 5 pieces of clothing that doesn’t fit and donate.
  10. Toss something on your bathroom counter.
  11. Toss any single socks in your laundry room.
  12. Cleaning one shelf in your refrigerator.
  13. Find something in your house that you hate and toss it.
  14. Gather all magazines into one pile and place where you read them.
  15. Throw a load of towels in to the washing machine.
  16. Pay a bill.
  17. Collect shoes around the house and put them away.
  18. Wipe up a bathroom sink.
  19. Load the dishwasher.
  20. Start a grocery list.
  21. Start a to-do list.
  22. Unsubscribe from 5 junk emails.
  23. Create a reading folder in your email account and move subscriptions into it.
  24. Collect change and put it in a jar.
  25. Put a jar or basket where you enter your home to store  your keys.
  26. Create a homework station with supplies for your kids.
  27. Pick up everything off the floor in one room.
  28. gather all paper and relocate them to your home office.
  29. Back up your computer files.
  30. Buy stamps and store them with return address labels.
  31. Clean out your purse.
  32. Gather pencils and pens and put them in an extra coffee cup.
  33. Take out the trash.
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Can you find one or two that you can do right now to be just a little more organized?

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.

10 Comments

  1. Sabrina Quairoli on May 27, 2019 at 9:29 am

    I love this taking action list. It’s important to remember that small tasks can create a big transformation in your life.

    • Janet Schiesl on May 27, 2019 at 4:23 pm

      I agree. Small actions make a big difference. Somewhat counter-intuitive to how we work with clients.

  2. Hazel Thornton on May 27, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Right? Not everything is a big project that needs to be broken down into smaller tasks.

    • Janet Schiesl on May 27, 2019 at 4:24 pm

      I see a lot of desk tops and kitchen counters filled with small tasks that will take people just a few minutes to do, but it’s just too overwhelmed when they are not sorted.

  3. Janet Barclay on May 27, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Great reminder! None of these tasks would take much time, yet any one of them could have a big impact!

    • Janet Schiesl on May 27, 2019 at 4:25 pm

      Yes. Staying on top of the small tasks can make a big difference.

  4. Seana Turner on May 27, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    I love #11 and #17. We hang onto those singleton socks for so long. I have two upstairs right not, and I am going to go and pitch them! I think sometimes it helps to have a professional tell me to just let it go… even though I am a professional myself!

    • Janet Schiesl on May 27, 2019 at 4:27 pm

      Great Seana. I only keep two kinds of socks – black and white. So now I don’t even have to pair them up.

  5. Linda Samuels on May 27, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    What a great list of simple organizing tasks! They only take a few minutes or less to do and can make a big difference to our overall feeling of well-being and order. I realize that many of these tasks or habits are a regular part of my life, but for my clients, they feel more elusive. #22 was a good reminder. I recall unsubscribing to junk emails around the first of the year, but I think it’s time to revisit that one and review it again.

    • Janet Schiesl on May 27, 2019 at 4:29 pm

      Yes Linda. Every once in a while I get on a roll and unsubscribe to a bunch on marketing emails. I always feel so much better when my digital inbox it’s overwhelming.

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