Quick Home Organization Ideas: 10 Mini Projects In 10 Minutes Or Less

For many, the thought of getting organized is overwhelming. After all, in a typical busy life who has time to give up an entire day or even an hour, for any reason, right?!

There’s certainly a time and place for rolling up your sleeves, digging in deep and just getting it done. But … there’s also a lot to be said about taking consistent, mini-steps forward, one simple step at a time.

10 quick home organization projects you can do in 10 minutes or less

  1. Make your bed. This is my number one tip of all time. This quick, daily habit will not only create a peaceful spot for you to rest at the end of a long day, but will set the tone for a full day of good habits! Best of all … you can handle this one easily in 10 minutes or less!!

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  1. Organize a drawer. Pick any drawer, empty it out and put back only those items that belong. Return misplaced items to their proper home. Do this one drawer/10 minutes at a time and eventually all the drawers in your home will be organized. Simple as that!
  2. Organize a shelf. Pick a shelf and go through the same process as above. Keep in mind as you’re reloading the shelf that simply because there is room for more, does not mean it’s necessary to load it back up.
  3. Empty an unused purse or piece of luggage. Grab a purse or piece of luggage that has been sitting full (for how knows long), empty it out and deal with it. Do this one bag/10 minutes at a time and eventually not only will all your favorite bags be ready to grab and go – but you’ll likely find a few treasures you thought had long since been lost!
  4. Get rid of something. One of the best ways to prevent the build-up of clutter is to create the habit of regular purging. Every time you come across anything you no longer need, use, or love – get rid of it. Simple as that! If you need some quick 10 minute ideas – clear a drawer, shelf or purse as suggested above. I bet you’ll find something to get rid of.

Read more for tips on 75 Easy Things You Can Get Rid of Today

  1. Streamline the linen closet. Cut down on the number of pieces stuffed into your linen closet by storing each complete set of sheets in the matching pillow case. Group sets by size and/or label shelves, if necessary. No more hunting through piles of “mystery” sheets.
  2. Create a grab-and-go section in the fridge/pantry. Save time, money and your health by having healthy snacks ready to simply grab and go on your busiest days.
  3. Create a recipe organizer. Separate all-time-favorite-go-to recipes from the pile of untried clippings. Store these in a notebook or other easy-to-grab system. When you’re tired and out of dinner ideas – voila!
  4. Create a coupon/store card pouch. Gather all coupons and store cards into a pouch that can be kept at your fingertips in your purse or car. No more missed opportunities!
  5. Gather paper piles and sort. The first step toward getting a handle on your mail and other papers floating on the kitchen counters and other surfaces is to gather it all into one spot and then simply sort into categories: recycle, shred, needs action, read, and file. Creating deeper systems for the filing and action items will understandably take longer than 10 minutes – but this is a great first step.

For tips on handling paper … check out my Paper Organization Challenge

Tackle one or more of these projects each day and you’ll be on your way to organized in no time.

If you’d like a partner to help you along your organizing journey, check out my program, The DIY Approach, where I help you create a personalized 30-day action plan to get organized!

Happy Organizing,


  1. Kay Erl on January 18, 2018 at 11:40 am

    #8…I’ve got to do that in 2018. However, will take more than 10 minutes as I have a stack of recipes (no joke!), 2 recipe boxes (that are organized) + a shelf of cookbooks!!

    • Kim Cossette Andre on February 21, 2018 at 11:00 am

      Hi Kay, Recipes do indeed stack up quickly (I have a fair share myself)! Although a single 10 minute session won’t make a dent in the stack – 10 minutes a pop each time you search for a recipe may do the trick. Happy cooking!

  2. Debbie Gallogly on January 18, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    I always get the bug to be more efficient when January rolls around – probably a reaction to the excess of Christmas with every surface and space crammed with decorations. I reorganized our living room shelved this year to took little doodads that no longer meant anything to me to give to one of the thrift shops. I had started the box of goodies with ornaments that I either no longer put on the tree or didn’t like any more. I also created a box of books to give to a retirement community. And I ended up clearing out clothes that I hadn’t work in 2 years as I hung up new Christmas gifts that I had received.

    It started with a small box of ornaments and snowballed into quite a few give-away items. Now – if I could only get into the habit of doing this once a month ………

    See you next Christmas! :)

    (Love your 10 tips for small projects!)

    • Kim Cossette Andre on February 21, 2018 at 10:51 am

      Hi Debbie – Way to go on your January progress. It does feel great, doesn’t it? You’re so right about the benefit of creating a monthly habit. Keep it going!

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