Organize your spices. This organizing task may not be possible in one 5 minute attempt but 5 minutes here and 5 there can add up to a totally organized spice collection. And the place to start is: EXPIRATION DATES! As you look at the group of bottles, first read the labels of the jars that are seldom used. These jars may be dusty – dead giveaway that they are OLD – but many may still look somewhat new. Just know that expired spices must go. If you do use a spice but the bottle has expired then toss this one and replace it. Put it on your grocery list.
Clean out the silverware drawer. Oh how liberating a neat silverware drawer can be. Go ahead. Move fast. Love it!
Clip coupons. Clip the coupons that you will use. Throw all the rest away or save them for a friend. Do not leave the flyers lying around. The goal is to move toward neatness so the flyers have to go!
Fold some clean clothes. Folded clothes will stay nice while waiting to be put in drawers or on hangers. You’ll be one step closer to getting the whole job done by taking five minutes to fold them.
Get rid of make-up clutter. It is time to say “goodbye” to those old lipsticks and ancient eye shadows. Throw away the stuff you haven’t used in 6 months or more. Clean and rearrange the ones you will be keeping. Put them in a makeup organizer.
Reduce a pile of paper. Move a pile of old magazines to the recycling box or sort the junk flyers from your unopened mail and throw them away. Make a quick job of it. Don’t get stuck there. Stay in the 5 minute time frame by setting a timer to remind you when to stop.
Make a List. It only takes 5 minutes to write a to-do list or a grocery list. Quick reminders written on paper can save you lots of time in the long run.