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Interactive Workbook

30-Day
Organize-athon
30 Days of 5-Minute Tasks
To Organize & Declutter
Your Home & Your Life
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Contents
What Is The 30-Day Organize-athon? .............................. 8
Day 1: Declutter Your Living Area .................................. 10
Day 2: Clear Out Your Hanging Closet ............................ 14
Day 3: Organize Your Kitchen Utensils ........................... 18
Day 4: Declutter Your Bathroom Cabinets ...................... 21
Day 5: Organize Your Household Information Center ...... 25
Day 6: Freshen Up Your Crockery & Glassware ................ 28
Day 7: Organize Your Books, DVDs, and/or CDs .............. 32
Day 8: Organize Your Linen Closet ................................. 36
Day 9: Organize Your Laundry....................................... 39
Day 10: Organize Your Garage ...................................... 43
Day 11: Organize Your Shoes ........................................ 46
Day 12: Declutter Your Cars Glove Box .......................... 50
Day 13: Organize Your Pots, Pans and Cookware ............ 53
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Day 14: Organize Your Paperwork ................................. 56
Day 15: Declutter Your Home Office .............................. 59
Day 16: Organize Your Underwear ................................. 63
Day 17: Declutter The Kids Toys ................................... 66
Day 18: Organize Your Storage Containers ..................... 70
Day 19: Organize Your Outgoing Space ......................... 73
Day 20: Organize Your Fridge ........................................ 77
Day 21: Organize Your Pantry ....................................... 80
Day 22: Declutter Your Bag ........................................... 83
Day 23: Organize Your Goals ......................................... 87
Day 24: Organize Your Bedside Area .............................. 91
Day 25: Declutter Your Surfaces .................................... 95
Day 26: Declutter Your Exercise and Sports Equipment ... 98
Day 27: Declutter By Donating A Dozen ....................... 102
Day 28: Organize Your Grooming Supplies (And Save Time
And Money Too) ........................................................ 108
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Day 29: Get Organized Mindset Shift #1: Adopt OCI-OGO112
Day 30: Get Organized Mindset Shift #2: Make It A Habit
To Avoid Clutter ......................................................... 117
Congratulations And A Bonus Task .............................. 121
30-Day Organize-athon Checklist ................................ 124
About The Author ...................................................... 126


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What Is The 30-Day Organize-athon?
Make a fresh start and get better organized in just 30 days with
the easy and motivating 30-Day Organize-athon.
Over 30 days Ill give you a daily 5-minute organizing or
decluttering assignment.
Each assignment will be a very simple, step-by-step task to
organize a small aspect of your home, time or life.
Thats just 30 days of 5-minute tasks totally achievable!
How Can You Get The Most From The 30-Day
Organize-athon?
To maximize your motivation and get the most from yourself
over the next 30 days, make a commitment!
If you dont make a commitment then life will intervene, and
youll miss the opportunity to be part of a motivating community
of fellow organizers. Dont procrastinate, take action!
To start, simply leave a comment on this post to say youre going
to complete all 30 x 5-minute organizing tasks in the 30-Day
Organize-athon. Your commitment is very powerful!

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Once youre committed, get your daily challenge each day by
either:
Making it a habit to come here to your workbook each
day to read the current days task
Getting your tasks automatically delivered to your inbox
each day (use the link provided in your download page).
As you complete each days task, leave a comment on the link
provided at the end of the task.
If you think of decluttering or organizing projects youd like to
tackle outside of your 5-minute task, use the interactive to-do-
list following each task to log your ideas.
If you enjoy checking things off a list, use the checklist at the
back of your workbook to check off each task as you complete it.
Youll feel wonderful as you work your way down the list.
At the end of the 30 days, your home and life will be transformed
- and it will only have taken you 5 minutes a day! Very cool.
So welcome to the 30-Day Organize-athon. Easy, motivating,
and achievable!

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Day 1: Declutter Your Living Area
In todays 5 minutes were going to express-declutter your living
area.
Take a deep breath, and imagine inhaling a sense of clarity,
freedom and order. Then get started!
Day 1: Declutter Your Living and/or
Entertainment Area
Step 1: Grab a large garbage bag.
Step 2: Quickly make your way around your living and/or
entertainment area, tossing these items into the bag as you go:
Magazines other than the current months
Newspapers other than todays
Knick-knacks unless you really love them
Tatty coasters
DVDs no-one watches any more
CDs no-one listens to any more
Games no-one plays any more
Remotes and technology no-one uses any more
(including old game consoles)
Food
Books youve read and wont re-read, or will never read
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Videos, cassettes, computer floppies, camera film any
storage device for which you no longer have hardware
Framed photos unless theyre genuinely special to you
Tatty cardigans, socks and other apparel strewn around
the furniture
Displayed items on shelves that collect dust but hold no
meaning for you
Dead potted plants
Threadbare or stained cushions, throws, rugs, etc
Anything else that isnt loved and/or used regularly.
Step 3: Put your bag by the door or take it straight out to the
car. (Take it to the tip as soon as you can.)
Step 4: If theres something genuinely valuable in there, and
youd lose sleep over tossing it, then you can put it into a separate
charity store bag. But if its junk, just let it go.
If it doubt, dont over-analyze toss it.
And youre done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
1. Return items that dont belong in the living area to the
proper place the kids bedrooms, the office, the kitchen,
etc.
2. Straighten the coffee table and wipe it down.
3. Neaten remotes, DVDs, and anything else that lives in the
living room.
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4. Fluff up the cushions.
Now doesnt that feel more like a living room?
The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
And Ill see you back here tomorrow!


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To Do List For This Task
To-Do Item Priority

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Day 2: Clear Out Your Hanging Closet
In todays 5 minutes were going to express-clear the hanging
part of your closet.
Take a deep breath as you imagine inhaling a sense of clarity,
freedom and order, and off we go!
Day 2: Clear Out Your Hanging Closet
Step 1: Grab a large garbage bag.
Step 2: Open up the hanging part of your closet and, quickly
scanning your clothes from left to right, toss into the bag
anything that:
Doesnt fit
Feels scratchy or unpleasant against your skin
Is in a shape that doesnt suit you
Is in a color that doesnt suit you
Has a neckline or hem length that doesnt suit you
Has negative memories or associations
Is tatty
Has been worn too many times
Is tragically out of fashion
Is not your style any more
Makes you feel uncomfortable or unhappy
Hasnt been worn in the past 12 months.
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Step 3: Do a second scan, left to right, for anything that needs
repair, alteration or laundering. If you know youll never get
around to the repair, alteration or dry cleaning, then pop these
items straight into your first bag. Otherwise, put them aside for
later attention.
Step 4: Put your bag by the door or take it straight out to the
car. (Take it to the charity store or tip as soon as you can. Really
good stuff should go to charity, but let junk go.)
And youre done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
1. Notice whats still in your closet the styles, colors and
shapes that suit you and make a note to buy more if you
need them.
2. Notice what youve decided to ditch the styles, colors
and shapes that dont work for you and make a What
Not To Wear list to avoid future fashion faux pas.
3. Tidy your clothes and straighten your hangers.
Now arent you looking forward to getting dressed?
The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
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Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
See you back here tomorrow!
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To Do List For This Task
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Day 3: Organize Your Kitchen Utensils
In todays 5 minutes were going to express-organize your
kitchen utensils.
As usual, breathe in a sense of clarity, freedom and order and
lets get started!
Day 3: Organize Your Kitchen Utensils
Step 1: Empty your utensil drawer on the table or counter. (Use a
towel if youre concerned about scratching the surface.)
Step 2: Add any stray spatulas, wooden spoons, can openers, or
other items that belong here but have migrated to other kitchen
hide-outs.
Step 3: Quickly select the utensils you use regularly. If you have
doubles, choose the one thats in better condition.
Step 4: Throw your rarely-if-ever-used utensils and doubles into
the trash. If theyre really fabulous, put them aside for the charity
store.
Step 5: Put the utensils youre keeping back into their drawer.
Make the drawer tidy by having all the utensils face the same
way, with handles toward you.
Step 6: If any of your utensils need replacement, make a note on
your shopping list.
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And youre done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
1. Before returning your utensils to their drawer, wipe it
down so its nice and clean.
2. Notice if your utensil collection is missing something that
would make your kitchen life easier eg metric measuring
spoons or a rubber (rather than plastic) spatula. Add this to
your shopping list.
3. Sharpen your knives.
Now wont cooking be a little more pleasant?
The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
And Ill see you back here tomorrow!
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Day 4: Declutter Your Bathroom Cabinets
In todays 5 minutes were going to express-declutter the
cabinets in your bathroom.
As usual, inhale a sense of clarity, freedom and order, then lets
get to it!
Day 4: Declutter Your Bathroom Cabinets
Step 1: Grab a large garbage bag.
Step 2: Open up your bathroom cabinets and, quickly scanning
from top left to bottom right, toss into the bag:
Medicines past their expiration date*
Medicines for conditions that no longer apply*
Old, expired or yucky toiletries
Old, expired or yucky make-up
Old, expired or yucky bath/shower products
Ancient or dirty hairbrushes and combs
Old perfumes and lotions
Empty or mildewed bottles
Anything gross or unpleasant to use
Anything that hasnt been used in the past 12 months.
Step 3: Throw your bag straight into the trash. Euw!
And youre done!
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Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
1. Refresh your first-aid supplies:
Make a list of items you need for a first-aid kit
including bandages, medicines, antiseptics and other
emergency supplies appropriate for your familys
needs
Check your bathroom cabinet for missing items and
add these to your shopping list.
2. Take everything out of your cabinets, wipe down the
shelves, and return everything neatly.
3. Rearrange your cabinets so that:
Similar things are together (eg all oral care items are
together), and
Most commonly used items are most easily
accessible.
Now dont you just want to admire those cabinets?
The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
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See you back here tomorrow!
* Note: Most drugs can be thrown in the household trash, but
consumers should take certain precautions before tossing them
out, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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Day 5: Organize Your Household
Information Center
In todays 5 minutes were going to organize your noticeboard or
household information area.
Inhale: clarity, freedom, order; exhale: chaos! Now lets start.
Day 5: Organize Your Noticeboard
Step 1: Remove all the invitations, photos, kids artwork, bills,
school notices, paperwork and random stuff from your
noticeboard, fridge door or towering pile on the kitchen
counter.
Step 2: Quickly pick out only the most current, inspiring or useful
items.
Step 3: Place these items neatly and in chronological order on
the noticeboard or fridge (avoid piles out of sight and into
oblivion). Keep things in chronological order so its easy to see
whats coming up, and to discard whats out of date.
Step 4: From the remaining items, put anything you really want to
keep (really?) in a memory box (see below).
Step 5: As for everything else shred, toss or recycle.
And youre done!
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Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
Create some memory boxes:
1. Find (or buy later) some attractive boxes one for each
family member.
2. Label each box with the persons name.
3. Place the boxes in each persons room, or on a shelf in the
family room or study wherever is most tidy, practical
and appealing.
4. Use these boxes as a neat holding place for kids artwork,
photos, keepsakes and other items you cant yet (yet!)
bring yourself to throw away. As a box gets full, youll be
automatically prompted to throw out older items.
Now dont you feel a lot more organized?
The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
Till tomorrow!
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Day 6: Freshen Up Your Crockery &
Glassware
In todays 5 minutes were going to freshen up your crockery and
glassware.
Remember: take a deep breath and think clarity, freedom and
order, as you go.
Day 6: Freshen Up Your Crockery & Glassware
Step 1: Get a garbage bag and line it with some newspaper.
Step 2: Quickly scan your crockery and glassware. Put into your
bag any bowls, plates, cups, saucers, mugs or glasses that are:
Chipped
Stained
Mismatched
In poor condition
Ugly promotional items.
Step 3: Place your bag in the trash or empty it into the recycle bin
as appropriate.
Step 4: If you need to replace any items, make a note on your
shopping list.
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Step 5: Do a quick tidy of your remaining crockery and glassware
so that:
Similar things are together, and
Most commonly used items are most easily accessible.
And youre done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
Decide to abandon your special occasion stash.
1. If you have glasses, crockery or other items you only use
for special occasions, consider abandoning this idea.
2. If the items are too delicate or not your taste, perhaps
you could donate them?
3. If theyre nice and usable, perhaps you could integrate
them with your everyday stuff and get pleasure out of
them more regularly? Youll also save yourself the trouble
of packing them away after every use.
Now wont meals be more pleasurable?
The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
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Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
See you tomorrow!
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Day 7: Organize Your Books, DVDs,
and/or CDs
In todays 5 minutes were going to express-organize your library
of books, DVDs and/or CDs.
Before you start, inhale a sense of clarity, freedom and order;
now lets get going.
Day 7: Organize Your Books, DVDs, and/or CDs
Decide if you want to tackle books, DVDs, CDs, or a combination.
What you can achieve in 5 minutes will depend on the size of your
various collections.
Step 1: Take a large box (or bag) to your bookshelves, or
wherever you store your library. Moving quickly from top left to
bottom right, put into the box:
Books youve read and wont re-read
Unread books youre never likely to read
Books that contain out-of-date information (that means
most reference books, encyclopedias, etc)
Old textbooks unless you graduated, like, this decade
Binders of seminar/course info (unless you really believe
youll refer to them)
Archived magazines (do you ever look back at them?)
Manuals for software or computers you no longer use
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Software CDs for programs you no longer use
Computer games the kids (or you) have outgrown
CDs you no longer listen to
CDs ripped to your iPod and backed up on your computer
(if you only want the CD booklet, just keep that)
DVDs youve seen and wont re-watch
DVDs the kids have outgrown
Unseen DVDs youre never likely to watch
Photo albums you never look at
Photo albums that have negative memories
Video or audio cassettes if you no longer have players for
them.
Step 2: Take your box(es) to the door or straight to the car. You
can usually donate novels, non-fiction books, CDs and DVDs to
libraries; the rest can probably be recycled. Take care with data
and photos.
Step 3: Do a quick re-order to make better use of the newly
liberated space on your shelves. Dewey Decimal, anyone?
And youre done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
1. If you only did books, do DVDs and/or CDs or vice-versa.
2. Get a damp cloth and wipe down your shelves and your
collection.
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3. If you havent already, investigate your local library. Its a
fabulous way to enjoy books, DVDs and CDs without
cluttering up your home.
Now dont you just want to make a cup of coffee and settle down
with a good book?
The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
See you tomorrow!
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Day 8: Organize Your Linen Closet
In todays 5 minutes were going to express-organize your bed
linen, towels, and table linen.
Think: clarity, freedom, and order. Lets start.
Day 8: Organize Your Bed Linen, Towels, &
Table Linen
Step 1: Get a large bag (you may need to buy more bags soon!)
and open up your linen shelves. Moving quickly from top left to
bottom right, toss out any:
Sheets and pillowcases that are old, stained or tatty
Towels that are old, stained or tatty
Tablecloths that are old, stained or tatty
Napery that is old, stained or tatty
Blankets that are old, stained or tatty
Quilts that are old, stained or tatty
Bed linen, table linen and towels that are surplus to your
general needs (allow for guests and keep a couple of old
towels for spills and leaks).
Step 2: If something is really lovely, and can be rejuvenated by
laundering or dry cleaning, and youre certain youre happy to
make the effort, then put it into a separate bag. Its unlikely
anything else will be donation-worthy, except perhaps excess
table linen thats in good condition.
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Step 3: Pop your bag(s) into the trash and/or take to the car for
dry cleaning/donation.
Step 4: Do a quick re-order of your linen closet to make better
use of the newly liberated space.
And youre done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
1. Check your pillows do you need to update them? If so,
add pillows to your shopping list.
2. Organize your linens with the main fold facing out,
toward you. It looks much nicer this way.
3. If you have an attractive table, consider dispensing with
tablecloths altogether in favor of placemats. Youll save
on storage space and laundry.
Now dont you just want to admire your beautiful linen closet?
The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
See you tomorrow!
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Day 9: Organize Your Laundry
In todays 5 minutes were going to express-organize your
laundry.
Our focus is clarity, freedom, order. Now lets do it!
Day 9: Organize Your Laundry
Step 1: Get a large bag. Quickly scanning your laundry shelves
and benches, throw into the bag:
Old paint cans, tiles, etc
Decrepit brooms, dustpans, cleaning equipment
Cleaning supplies you dont use
Empty bottles of laundry detergent, fabric softener, etc
Tatty baskets and hampers
Broken irons, ironing boards, etc
Anything moldy, mildewed, or yucky.
Step 2: Pop your bag into the trash.
Step 3: Remove anything from the laundry that should be stored
elsewhere eg:
Car-related stuff > in the garage
Random clothes > in the closet
Spare paper towels > in the pantry
Spare bulbs > in the hall closet
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Towels > in the linen closet; etc.
Step 4: Do a quick tidy of your laundry shelves.
And youre done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
Review your laundry equipment and supplies. Make a note of
anything you need to replace, update, or purchase so that doing
laundry takes as little time and effort as possible. Check that you
have:
A washer and dryer that work well, and are of the right
size for your familys needs
Laundry detergent, fabric softener, dryer softener sheets,
stain remover, etc in sufficient quantities for your
household routine, and appropriate for your needs (eg for
cold water, front loader, etc)
Laundry hampers one in the laundry (or several, if you
sort whites, colors, etc); or one in each bathroom; or one in
each bedroom (this can be more effective with kids)
A laundry basket for transporting clothes
An iron and ironing board.
Now doesnt that take some of the pain out of doing laundry?
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The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
See you tomorrow!
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Day 10: Organize Your Garage
In todays 5 minutes were going to express-organize your garage
(yes, Im serious!).
Remember: clarity, freedom, and order. Lets begin.
Day 10: Organize Your Garage
Step 1: Get a large box or bag (you may need several). Quickly
scan your garage and toss into your box/bag any:
Junk
Outgrown toys and clothes (if sorting through boxes for
donate-able items is an obstacle to getting it done, then
simply toss it all)
Ancient seasonal items, holiday decorations, etc
Rusty or broken tools
Rusty or broken gardening implements
Rusty or broken garden furniture
Prehistoric gardening supplies
Memorabilia (unless its genuinely meaningful to you
and if its been gathering dust out here for decades, then
lets be honest, it probably isnt)
Stuff from when you last moved thats never been
unpacked (if you havent opened it you dont need it)
Notes and books from school, college, etc
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Accoutrement for abandoned hobbies, sports and
interests (if you take it up again, buy what you need
afresh; it will cost you less overall when you take stress,
clutter and mental clarity into account)
Anything you havent used in the past 12 months.
Step 2: Pop your boxes/bags into the trash or take them the car
for a trip to the tip.
And youre done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
1. Consider whether you want to install shelving, hooks, etc,
to better organize your garage space.
2. Make a note to buy shelves, hooks, and supplies, and/or or
to contact a handyman.
Now isnt that a beautiful thing?
The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
See you tomorrow!
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Day 11: Organize Your Shoes
In todays 5 minutes were going to express-organize your shoes.
We want clarity, freedom, and order. Now lets create them!
Day 11: Organize Your Shoes
Step 1: Get a large bag. Quickly scanning your footwear, throw
into the bag any shoes or boots that:
Are tatty, broken, or in poor condition
Are tragically out of style
Are ill-fitting or uncomfortable
Dont go with your clothes, taste, or lifestyle.
Step 2: Do a second scan for anything that needs repair. If you
know youll never get around to the repair, then pop these items
straight into your bag. Otherwise, put them aside for later
attention.
Step 3: Put your bag by the door or take it straight out to the
car. (Really good stuff should go to charity, but let the rest go
into the trash.)
Step 4: Do a quick tidy of your remaining shoes and boots.
And youre done!
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Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
1. Look over the outfits in your closet. Would particular
items of footwear help you get more out of your
wardrobe?
For example, for girls:
Do you have several evening outfits but no good
evening shoes?
Could you get more looks from your jeans if had
boots to tuck your jeans into?
Would platform heels allow you to dress up
existing outfits?
Would ballet flats allow you to dress down existing
outfits?
For guys:
Would some black or brown lace-up shoes look
better for work?
Sorry guys Im out.
2. Add the shoes you need to your clothes shopping list.
As if you needed an excuse to go shoe shopping!
The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
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Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
See you tomorrow!
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Day 12: Declutter Your Cars Glove Box
In todays 5 minutes were going to declutter your glove box.
Clarity, freedom and order here we come!
Day 12: Declutter Your Cars Glove Box
Step 1: Grab a bag and get into your car. Empty your glove box
onto the seat beside you.
Step 2: Only return to your glove box items you need and use, for
example:
Car log book
Pen and notebook
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Current street directories
Relevant maps
Wet wipes
First aid items.
Step 3: Toss into the bag:
Yucky tissues
Random receipts and post-its
Ancient maps and street directories
Food remnants
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Anything you dont need or use.
Step 4: Throw your bag into the trash.
And youre done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
1. Check your trunk:
Remove any trash
Return to the proper place any items that dont
belong in the trunk.
2. Check the interior of your car:
Remove any trash
Return to the proper place any items that dont
belong in the car.
Road trip, anyone?
The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
Before You Go
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Day 13: Organize Your Pots, Pans and
Cookware
In todays 5 minutes were going to organize your pots and pans.
Lets get to it.
Day 13: Organize Your Pots, Pans, and
Cookware
Step 1: Empty your pots and pans cupboard onto the floor.
Step 2: Add any stray cookware that belongs here but has
migrated to other kitchen locations.
Step 3: Quickly select the items you use regularly. If you have
doubles, choose the one thats in better condition.
Step 4: Throw decrepit cookware into the trash. Any doubles, or
items youve rarely-if-ever used (do I see a Flavorwave?) can be
put aside for the charity store.
Step 5: Put the pots, pans and cookware youre keeping back into
the cupboard. Make the area tidy by keeping similar items
together.
Step 6: If any of your pots, pans or cookware needs replacement,
make a note on your shopping list.
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And youre done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
Lets simplify your recipe collection.
1. Scan your collection of cookbooks and recipes.
2. Books you dont love or use? Put them aside to donate to
a friend or the library.
3. Books with only a few recipes you use? Consider ripping
out the pages you use to simplify your recipe library.
4. Make a note to buy a binder or display folder for your
loose recipes.
Now dont you feel more inclined to cook here?
The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
See you tomorrow!
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Day 14: Organize Your Paperwork
In todays 5 minutes were going to express-organize your
paperwork.
Ready, set, organize!
Day 14: Organize Your Paperwork
Step 1: Gather all the paperwork from around your home
whether strewn throughout the house, covering every surface of
your home office, or assembled in a towering pile. (If this alone
takes more than 5 minutes it doesnt count!)
Step 2: Quickly flick through the papers and create 3 piles:
1. Action Pile: Papers that need your attention look for
bills, school notices, invitations, etc.
2. File Pile: Papers that need to be filed look for
warranties, tax info, insurance notices, important receipts,
etc.
3. Discard Pile: Papers that you dont need look for junk
mail, notices for past events, random scraps of paper, etc.
Keep it moving and dont overthink. If youre really in doubt
about something, put it on your Action Pile to consider when you
have more time.
Step 3: Schedule a time during the week to action the Action
Pile and file the File Pile.
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Step 4: Discard the Discard pile. Be sure to shred sensitive
information.
And youre done!
NOTE: Well tackle the rest of your desk, den, study, or home
office area tomorrow.
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
1. Start dealing with your Action Pile now. Itll be easier to
continue later if you start now; and/or
2. File your File Pile; and/or
3. Shred your sensitive Discard Pile.
Now dont you feel liberated?
The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
See you tomorrow!
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Day 15: Declutter Your Home Office
In todays 5 minutes were going to express-declutter your desk,
den, study, or home office area.
Lets start.
Day 15: Declutter Your Home Office
Step 1: Grab a large garbage bag.
Step 2: Quickly making your way around your desk, den, study,
or home office area, toss these items into the bag as you go:
School or college notes and texts unless you just
graduated theyre likely to be out of date
Equipment you dont use such as a 2-hole punch if you
use 3-ring binders
Excess stationery you wont use this decade
Knickknacks that provide no meaning, beauty or
inspiration
Reading piles youll never get to which, lets face it,
means most reading piles
Books youll never read
Old computer or software manuals
Birthday, Christmas and greeting cards unless theyre
genuinely special to you
Outdated printers, scanners, fax machines (check for
disposal info with your local council)
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Defunct phones, computers, cells, PDAs etc. (ditto)
Abandoned projects and hobbies and the various
accompanying supplies, storage containers, etc.
Old notebooks not needed for reference
Old lamps, chairs and other equipment in poor condition
Doubles of staplers, hole punches, scissors, rulers, etc.
Any item you havent used in the past 12 months
Anything broken, yucky, tatty, or inconsistent with your
standards of professionalism, especially if you work from
home.
Step 3: Put your bag by the door or take it straight out to the
car. (Take it to the tip as soon as you can.)
Step 4: If theres something genuinely valuable in there, put it
into a separate charity store bag. If it doubt, dont over-analyze
toss it.
And youre done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
1. Return items that dont belong in the home office area to
the proper place the kids bedrooms, the living room, the
kitchen, etc.
2. Neaten anything else that lives in the home office area.
3. Straighten the desk and wipe it down.
4. Pop a cushion on the chair to make it more comfortable.
Now dont you feel like doing some work here?
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The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
See you tomorrow!
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Day 16: Organize Your Underwear
In todays 5 minutes were going to organize your um, delicates.
OK go!
Day 16: Organize Your Underwear
Step 1: Empty your underwear drawer.
Step 2: Collect only those items that:
1. You wear; and
2. Are in good condition; and
3. Make you feel good.
Step 3: Arrange these items in your underwear drawer, keeping:
Similar items together eg sports bras in one pile
Most frequently used items in the most accessible
locations eg special-occasion lingerie can go toward the
back of the drawer.
Step 4: Throw into the trash all discarded underwear decrepit,
discolored and demoralizing alike.
And youre done!
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Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
Lets take stock of your underwear requirements. (Boys, you get a
pass on this one. )
Check your closet and determine whether you need any
additional underwear in order to make the most of your clothes,
eg:
Strapless bra
Racer back bra
T-shirt bra
Nude bra
Shapewear
Thong or boy-leg brief (to avoid visible panty line).
Now isnt that refreshing?
The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
See you tomorrow!
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Day 17: Declutter The Kids Toys
In todays 5 minutes were going to express-declutter the kids
toys.
Inhale: clarity, freedom, order. Were gonna need it!
Day 17: Declutter The Kids Toys
Note: Decide on the extent to which you need to consult/involve
the kids. This will depend on their ages and your family style.
Step 1: Grab a large bag or box. Depending on which option you
choose in Step 3, you may need additional boxes/bags.
Step 2: Gather all the kids toys into one location. (If this alone
takes more than 5 minutes it doesnt count!)
Choose one of the following options:
Option A
Step 3: Quickly going through the collection, toss into the
bag/box any toys that:
Your kids have outgrown
Are broken or dangerous
Have been divested of batteries because theyre so
annoying
Are in poor condition
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Are doubles.
Step 4: Extract any toys that are safe and in good condition for a
charity bag. Toss the rest.
Option B
Step 3: Give each child a large bag/box and ask them to fill it up
with their favorite toys - the ones they want to keep. Explain
that the rest can be given to kids who dont have so many toys
and would really love some more.
(This may take more than 5 minutes, but perhaps you can go do
something else while the kids ponder their collections?)
Step 4: Of the remaining toys, extract any that are safe and in
good condition for a charity bag. Toss the rest.
And youre done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
Check your own toy collection (um, please keep comments G-
rated for this blog ) for:
Ancient, out-of-date or falling-apart board games
Surplus packs of playing cards
Previous versions of games consoles
Computer/video games no one plays anymore.
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Now wont everyone have more fun with the good stuff thats
left?
The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
Before You Go
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Day 18: Organize Your Storage
Containers
In todays 5 minutes were going to express-organize your
storage containers.
Lets get to it.
Day 18: Organize Your Tupperware and
Storage Containers
Step 1: Empty out your stash of Tupperware and containers onto
the floor
Step 2: Add any stray items that belong here but have migrated
to other random household destinations.
Step 3: Quickly select the items that:
You use regularly; and
Have lids (if needed); and
Are in good condition.
Step 4: Store these neatly in the cupboard or drawer. Put smaller
items into larger ones to save space, and put each little pile on
top of its own collection of lids (that way your lids are always
close to their respective containers).
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Step 5: Throw out everything else anything gross, ancient, or
surplus to your needs. You can put it aside for donation only if its
really good.
And youre done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
Lets simplify your kids lunchboxes and drink bottles.
1. Discard anything theyve outgrown.
2. Discard anything thats stained or smells funky.
3. Discard anything thats surplus to your needs if you only
need one set per child, let the rest go.
4. Make a note to buy anything that youre missing.
Now dont buy more if you dont need it!
The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
See you tomorrow!
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Day 19: Organize Your Outgoing Space
In todays 5 minutes were going to organize the things that need
to leave your house.
Right, lets get to it.
Day 19: Organize Your Outgoing Space
Step 1: Gather together any items that need to be taken out of
your home, such as:
DVDs to return to the video store
Library books
Items youve borrowed from friends
Things that need to be taken somewhere for repair
Clothes or linens that need to be dry cleaned
A gift for an upcoming party, wedding or housewarming
An umbrella to leave in the car
Items for errands; etc.
Step 2: Choose a convenient spot near the door for these items.
If theres nothing already available, you could:
Move a small table to an appropriate position near the
door
Clear a shelf in a hallway closet
Liberate a deep drawer in a hall table.
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Step 3: Place your outgoing items in their new position, so you
can check one convenient place whenever youre heading out.
Make it a habit to check this spot as you leave youll remember
things more often and feel much more organized.
And youre done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
Consider what else you could do to make your outgoing space an
organized zone:
1. Install hooks for keys?
2. Add a pen and post-it pad so you can write due dates on
library books and borrowed DVDs?
3. Put up a checklist of things to remember when you leave
perhaps:
- Purse, phone, keys for you?
- Schoolbag, lunch, homework for the kids?
Now how organized is that!
The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
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Got a Question?
If you have questions about any of the 30-Day Organize-athon
tasks, or the 30-Day Organize-athon program in general, please
ask your question on this Q&A post or on this Facebook post.
Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
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Day 20: Organize Your Fridge
In todays 5 minutes were going to express-organize your fridge.
Lets go!
Day 20: Organize Your Fridge
Step 1: Grab a bag and open your fridge. Quickly scanning your
shelves from top to bottom, toss into the bag anything that:
Has passed its use-by date
Has wilted, sprouted, or smells funky
No-one eats.
Step 2: Quickly wipe down the shelves (work around the
remaining items).
Step 3: Do a quick tidy of the remaining items in your fridge.
And youre done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
Lets freshen up the freezer:
1. Scan your freezer and discard anything ancient, expired
or of unknown provenance.
2. Quickly wipe down the shelves or drawers.
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3. Do a quick tidy of the remaining items in your freezer.
Tomorrow well declutter your pantry.
The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
Got a Question?
If you have questions about any of the 30-Day Organize-athon
tasks, or the 30-Day Organize-athon program in general, please
ask your question on this Q&A post or on this Facebook post.
Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
See you tomorrow!
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Day 21: Organize Your Pantry
In todays 5 minutes were going to express-organize your pantry.
Lets start.
Day 21: Organize Your Pantry
Step 1: Grab a bag and open your pantry. Quickly scanning your
shelves from top to bottom, toss into the bag anything that:
Has passed its use-by date
Is stale or unappetizing
No-one eats.
Step 2: Do a quick tidy of the remaining items in your pantry.
And youre done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
1. Wipe down your pantry shelves.
2. Check your stores of pantry staples. Add anything you
need to your shopping list.
3. Notice anything you have in excess supply. Make a mental
note to stop buying these items.
Now doesnt that feel fresher!
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The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
Got a Question?
If you have questions about any of the 30-Day Organize-athon
tasks, or the 30-Day Organize-athon program in general, please
ask your question on this Q&A post or on this Facebook post.
Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
See you tomorrow!
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Day 22: Declutter Your Bag
In todays 5 minutes were going to organize your purse, tote,
man-bag, briefcase, satchel, book-bag, or whatever generally
accompanies you when youre out and about. Im just gonna call it
a bag for now.
Think clarity, freedom and order
Day 22: Organize Your Bag
Step 1: Empty everything out of your bag.
Step 2: Neatly put back into your bag only those items you need,
such as your:
Wallet
Keys
Cell phone
Small make-up purse (ideally youll just have some basics
a neutral lipstick or lip balm, mascara, mirror, small bottle
of fragrance)
Small tissue pack
Small, light umbrella (I walk a lot so I always keep one in
my bag)
Sunglasses
Tampons
Hand cream
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Mints
Pen and notebook.
Step 3: Be sure to toss out all the handbag clutter, including:
Floating tissues
Unneeded receipts
Ancient mints and gum
Loose coins
Random pens
Paper scraps
Accumulated hair accessories
Indecipherable notes
Icky make-up.
And youre done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
Declutter one of these:
1. Declutter your wallet of old receipts, decrepit photos,
loyalty cards for places you rarely visit (your wallet real
estate is precious!), business cards, random papers, credit
or store cards you dont need (destroy with care), and any
other random crap.
2. Declutter your keyring of keys you dont need. If youve
forgotten what keys are for, put them on a separate
mystery keyring for later investigation. If youre always
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fumbling for keys, arrange them in order of use eg, car,
garage, mailbox, top lock, bottom lock.
3. Declutter your make-up purse of excess cosmetics, as
well anything prehistoric, old-fashioned or funky smelling.
How liberating does that feel!
The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
Got a Question?
If you have questions about any of the 30-Day Organize-athon
tasks, or the 30-Day Organize-athon program in general, please
ask your question on this Q&A post or on this Facebook post.
Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
See you tomorrow!
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Day 23: Organize Your Goals
In todays 5 minutes were going to express-organize the things
you would like to achieve for yourself.
Not what you were expecting? Lets give it a go anyway
Day 23: Organize Your Goals
Step 1: Get a pen and paper or open a new document on your
computer.
Step 2: Without over-thinking, quickly list 5 to 10 things youd
like to achieve in the next 6 months. Aim for a range of goals
across personal/spiritual, home/family and
career/business/financial areas.
For example:
Lose 10 pounds
Organize the spare room
Get a promotion
Spend regular one-on-one time with each of the kids
Save money for a vacation
Read inspirational books; etc.
Step 3: Choose your top goal. Now choose one action you will
take this week to move closer to that goal.

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For example:
Lose 12 pounds > Go for a walk after dinner three times
this week
Organize the spare room > Call a charity to collect the
boxes of old clothes in the spare room
Get a promotion > Talk to my boss about what I need to
work on to earn a promotion.
Step 4: Choose a time this week when you will do this action,
and put it into your diary for the assigned day and time. Good
now youre committed!
And youre done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
1. Choose additional actions you will take toward your top
goal, and diarize these actions.
2. Choose more goals, and diarize actions you will take
toward these goals.
Doesnt that feel motivating!
The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
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Got a Question?
If you have questions about any of the 30-Day Organize-athon
tasks, or the 30-Day Organize-athon program in general, please
ask your question on this Q&A post or on this Facebook post.
Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
See you tomorrow!
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Day 24: Organize Your Bedside Area
In todays 5 minutes were going to organize your bedside table
or nightstand.
Cool lets do it.
Day 24: Organize Your Bedside Area
Step 1: Remove anything from your bedside area that detracts
from a sense of calm and tranquillity, such as:
Computers, printers, laptops
TV
Paperwork
Kids toys
Exercise equipment
Work projects
Mobile phone
Laundry
Too many books
Too many magazines
Excess furniture
Random clothes
Unpleasant alarm.
Step 2: Toss or donate anything you dont need or love.
Step 3: Relocate anything that belongs elsewhere.
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And youre done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
Create a sanctuary around your bed. Add any of these to help
create a relaxing, sleep-inviting space:
Lovely bed linen
Fluffy pillows
Cozy blankets and comforters
Soft lamps
Pleasant bedtime reading
Relaxing music and iPod dock
Water glass and bottle
A gentle alarm
Sleeping mask if the sun disturbs you in the early
morning
Ear plugs if you need them
Scented candles or oil burner.
*yawns* Nap time anyone?
The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
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Got a Question?
If you have questions about any of the 30-Day Organize-athon
tasks, or the 30-Day Organize-athon program in general, please
ask your question on this Q&A post or on this Facebook post.
Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
See you tomorrow!
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Day 25: Declutter Your Surfaces
In todays 5 minutes were going to express-organize your
surfaces.
Ready? Lets start.
Day 25: Declutter Your Surfaces
Step 1: Decide which surfaces you want to tackle in todays 5
minutes. Depending on the state of your surfaces, you could
choose to declutter one or more of the following:
Kitchen counters
Dining table
Coffee table and side tables
Bookshelves/display cabinets
Sofas and armchairs
Home office desk and filing cabinet
Bathroom vanities
Beds
Floors
Entry hall table/consoles.
Step 2: Quickly clear your selected surface(s) by:
Discarding anything you dont use or love (a little
ruthlessness will earn you lovely, uncluttered surfaces that
look great and make you feel wonderful)
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Putting away things that have a home
Finding a home for things that dont (if youre struggling
to find a home for something, consider tossing it instead).
And youre done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
1. Repeat step 2 for another surface or several!
2. Wipe down your freshly decluttered surface so it gleams.
Now doesnt that look and feel fabulous!
The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
Got a Question?
If you have questions about any of the 30-Day Organize-athon
tasks, or the 30-Day Organize-athon program in general, please
ask your question on this Q&A post or on this Facebook post.
Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
See you tomorrow!
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Day 26: Declutter Your Exercise and
Sports Equipment
In todays 5 minutes were going to declutter your exercise and
sporting stuff.
OK, go! (PS Thats a witty little treadmill reference. )
Day 26: Declutter Your Exercise and Sports
Equipment
Step 1: Quickly walk around your house collecting any exercise or
sports paraphernalia youve not used in the past 12 months. If
its too large to move easily, make a note of it.
Check your:
Living room (under laundry?)
Garage
Bedroom
Under the bed
At the back of your closet
Spare room
High-up cupboards
Home office
Forgotten corners
Attic
Basement.
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Be alert for:
Treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical machines, rowers,
Stairmasters, home gyms, etc.,
Outdoor bikes
Infomercial purchases, including anything in the Thigh
Master or Ab Roller family
Skipping ropes
Boxing gloves
Racquets
Assorted balls
Sport-specific shoes or outfits
Supplies for kids abandoned activities
Climbing equipment; etc.
Step 2: Depending on the size, quality and quantity of your
stash, decide how youll dispose of it. Consider:
Selling if the number and quality of your items justifies
the time and hassle required (unlikely)
Donating if the quality is good (possible)
Discarding if its really just junk (most likely the vast
majority of items will fall into this category).
If in doubt, let it go.
Step 3: Unless you have genuinely sale-worthy items, take your
stash out to the trash, or out to the car for delivery to the tip or
charity store. If youre selling, make a note in your diary to
organize it.
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And youre done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
Tidy the freshly liberated areas.
Go for a walk around the block to make yourself feel good
about getting rid of clutter and also getting some
exercise.
Now isnt that a good way to increase your heart rate?
The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
Got a Question?
If you have questions about any of the 30-Day Organize-athon
tasks, or the 30-Day Organize-athon program in general, please
ask your question on this Q&A post or on this Facebook post.
Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
See you tomorrow!
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Day 27: Declutter By Donating A Dozen
In todays 5 minutes were going to declutter by finding at least
12 things to give away.
Dont worry itll be easier than you think!
Day 27: Declutter By Donating A Dozen
Step 1: Grab a bag. Quickly fill the bag as you move through your
home and dont stop until you have at least 12 items.
Throw into the bag anything that:
You dont use
You dont like
Has negative associations
Is no longer your style
Keeps you stuck in the past
Is more than you need to feel good about your space.
Ideas for Items To Donate
Living Room
Unloved rugs, throws and cushions
Unloved ornaments, gifts, vases, etc
Knickknacks that dont enhance your space
Extra pieces of furniture
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Unloved lamps
No-longer used entertainment devices TVs, DVD players,
stereos, etc
No-longer-played DVDs and CDs
Study
Excess stationery, notebooks, pens, etc
Knickknacks that provide no meaning, beauty or
inspiration
Functioning phones, computers, cells, PDAs, etc that you
dont need
Supplies, storage containers and accoutrements relating
to abandoned craft, knitting, scrapbooking, and other
projects
Old lamps and equipment in good condition
Closet
Anything (clothes, footwear, coats, purses, accessories,
etc) youve not worn in a year
Anything that doesnt fit
Anything thats not your style
Anything thats unflattering on you
Anything thats uncomfortable, scratchy or ill-fitting (it
may be perfect on someone else)
Anything you bought ages ago that still has the label on it
Anything with negative memories or associations
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Kitchen/Dining
Mismatched or unloved crockery
Mismatched or unloved cutlery
Cookware, plungers, teapots, gadgets, and sundry
infomercial purchases not used in the past 12 months
Cookbooks not used in the past 12 months
Knickknacks you dont love
Fancy appliances you never use
Doubles of utensils, cookware, etc
Bathroom
Excess, unused towels, bathmats, etc
Excess, unopened perfumes, lotions, etc
Unloved bathroom ornaments
Storage gizmos that encourage clutter
Kids Stuff
No-longer-used toys
No-longer-used games consoles
Outgrown clothes
Outgrown CDs, DVDs, etc
Outgrown back-packs
Garden
Unloved garden ornaments
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Step 2: Take your bag straight out to the car for charity-store
drop-off.
And youre done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
1. Find another 12 or more items for donation.
2. Set up a donation box or basket: Place it in a hall closet or
the laundry (somewhere tidy that will still be a visual
prompt), and use it any time you notice something
unused or unloved in your home, wardrobe, car or office.
Now youre a power donator!
The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
Start the 5-minute timer now.
Got a Question?
If you have questions about any of the 30-Day Organize-athon
tasks, or the 30-Day Organize-athon program in general, please
ask your question on this Q&A post or on this Facebook post.
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Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
See you tomorrow!
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Day 28: Organize Your Grooming Supplies
(And Save Time And Money Too)
In todays 5 minutes were going to express-organize your
grooming products and gadgets.
And todays bonus task will save you time, space and money!
Day 28: Organize Your Grooming Supplies
Step 1: Grab a large bag and take it to your bathroom cabinets,
tallboy drawers, dressing table, or wherever you keep your
grooming supplies.
Step 2: Quickly empty everything out make-up, cosmetics, hair
products, dryers, straighteners/rollers, hair accessories, nail
polish, the works! For guys, were talking shaving stuff, hair
products, and sundry after-shave lotions/colognes.
Step 3: Now replace only those items that:
You actually use
You enjoy using
Make you look good
Make you feel good
Are in good condition
Dont take forever to use.
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Step 4: Toss everything else into your bag and put it straight into
the trash.
And youre done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
Lets streamline your personal grooming routine and save space,
time and money. Simply decide to stop using time-consuming or
excess grooming products and tools and discard them.
Look for:
Straighteners or gadgets that take too much time and
effort
Messy make-up that leaves a trail of powder or residue
Difficult-to-use cosmetics that often need a do-over
Multiple steps and products invented by cosmetic
companies
Anything that requires constant touch-ups.
A simple routine will make you feel lighter, fresher, and more
relaxed, too.
Now how beautiful is that!
The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra
Move fast. Dont overthink. Let it go!
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Start the 5-minute timer now.
Organize-athon FAQs
Ive put together a special 30-Day Organize-athon | Getting And
Staying Organized Q & A post.
Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
See you tomorrow for your Get Organized Mindset Shift #1!
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Day 29: Get Organized Mindset Shift #1:
Adopt OCI-OGO
Today and tomorrow were going to prepare for the end of the
30-Day Organize-athon by making two incredibly important
organizing mindset shifts.
They will help you to preserve the organizing gains youve made
over the past month for life!
Day 29: Get Organized Mindset Shift #1: Adopt
OCI-OGO
Step 1: Decide to adopt OCI-OGO (pronounced oh-see oh-go) in
your life. This stands for One Comes In One Goes Out: every
time something new comes into your home, car, handbag,
briefcase, closet or life something old goes out.
Here are some examples:
When you buy a new item of clothing, you donate or
discard an old one from your closet.
HINT: Only have enough hangers for your existing clothes
that way youll have to get rid of old things to make room
for new ones.
When you buy new shoes, you donate or discard an old
pair.
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When the kids receive a new toy, they give an old one to a
child who doesnt have as much as they do.
HINT: Have a donation basket for kids clothes and toys
and encourage the kids to make contributions.
When you receive the latest magazine in your
subscription, you automatically put the previous one in the
recycle bin. (But I havent read it yet! you say. Do you
want to feel pressured to read everything, or to be happy
and calm? Let it go.)
When you buy a new book, DVD or CD, you donate an old
one to the library.
HINT: If you buy a lot of books, DVDs or CDs, have a
dedicated library donation box.
When you file your latest statements or papers, you
discard, archive or shred out-of-date papers from your
files.
HINT: File papers in reverse chronological order so you
can easily remove the oldest ones from the back.
When you buy a new cosmetic, you toss out an old one.
HINT: Make-up has a shelf life. Use it, and then be happy
to lose it.
When you receive a gift, you find something you no longer
use or love and give that away.
When you buy a kitchen gadget or utensil, you donate or
discard at least one old one.
HINT: Having fewer, but more useful, utensils will make it
easier to find what you need and use what you have.
When the kids get a new backpack, drink bottle, game, or
whatever, they discard or donate an old one.
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You get the idea.
Step 2: Read over the examples again to check that your mindset
has shifted!
And youre done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
This is such a radically powerful idea that you might want to
create some reminders for yourself.
Write OCI-OGO on several cards or post-its and place them
wherever you need reminders, eg:
Inside your closet
On your shoe-box tower
On your kitchen drawers
On the kids toy boxes
On your credit card; etc.
Now youll get to enjoy new things without any increase in
disorganization or clutter in your home. Stuff will flow through
your life rather than accumulating into a quagmire of clutter. How
cool is that!
Note: This post is adapted from my article:
My Magic Formula For Staying Clutter-Free For Life (Or: How To
Avoid Organizing Entropy)
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Organize-athon FAQs
Ive put together a special 30-Day Organize-athon | Getting And
Staying Organized Q & A post.
Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
See you tomorrow for your final 30-Day Organize-athon task: Get
Organized Mindset Shift #2!
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Day 30: Get Organized Mindset Shift #2:
Make It A Habit To Avoid Clutter
In our final 5 minutes were going to make our second organizing
mindset shift.
Inhale clarity, freedom and order
Day 30: Get Organized Mindset Shift #2: Make
It A Habit To Avoid Clutter
Step 1: Decide to adopt this new habit: Include cleaning up as
part of every single task.
Whatever you use, take out, or work on, you put away as part of
that activity. Completing a task includes whatever is needed to
restore order to the space. As a result, you leave everything at
least as tidy as you found it.
Here are some examples:
Having dinner? That includes stacking the dishwasher
when youre done.
Working on a craft? Returning your craft supplies to their
home is part of the project.
Watching a DVD? Put all remotes, DVDs and cases back
where they belong before you move on.
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Getting home from work? Include as getting home the
acts of hanging up your coat, placing keys on the hall table
and putting your purse or briefcase in the study (or
wherever they live).
Wrapping a gift? Replace the sticky tape and gift wrap,
and put the gift in a spot that will prompt you to take it to
the party.
Getting ready to go out? Return discarded outfits to the
closet and put away make-up, hair products and the
hairdryer.
Waking up? Open blinds and windows, make the bed, and
leave the bedroom looking tranquil.
You get the idea.
Step 2: Read over the examples again to check that your mindset
has shifted!
And youre done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
This works for the kids, too. Explain to them the idea that they
need to include cleaning up as part of every single task.
Playing with toys? Playing includes returning every toy to
the toy box, bin or drawer where it belongs.
Changing out of school clothes? That means putting new
clothes on and placing old clothes in the hamper or
wherever they need to go.
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Doing homework? Return books, pencil cases and school
stuff to the backpack as part of the homework. (Bonus:
This also avoids the homework-left-at-home drama.)
Theyll likely need several gentle and encouraging reminders,
but with your patience and help theyll soon incorporate this
habit into their behavior.
Note: This post is adapted from my article:
Home Organization: My Very Best Life-Changing Tip For A
Clutter-Free Home.
Wow 30 days of decluttering, organizing and mindset shifting.
How awesome are you!
Organize-athon FAQs
Ive put together a special 30-Day Organize-athon | Getting And
Staying Organized Q & A post.
Before You Go
Remember to leave a comment to say youve done todays task.
And guess what? Ill see you tomorrow for a surprise bonus task!
Dont worry its not hard and it will make you feel so good.
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Congratulations And A Bonus Task
Wow weve done it!
Weve completed 30 days of power decluttering, organizing, and
mindset-shifting! Woo-freakin-hoo!
I have one final, bonus 5-minute task Id like to ask of you.
Bonus Task: Acknowledge Your
Accomplishments
Step 1: Get a pen and notebook, or open a new document on
your computer.
Step 2: Write for 5 minutes about the gains youve made in your
home over the past month. Include:
The ways things look
The time you save when looking for things
Your feelings perhaps clarity or freshness
The influence on the kids
The impression on your spouse
Anything youve learned about yourself
Any new habits youre committing to.
Step 3: Make a note in your diary to re-read what youve written
in a months time. It will remind you of your achievements and
motivate you to maintain the benefits.
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And youre done!
Got an Extra 5 Minutes?
1. Get your camera or phone and take some snaps of the
areas youre most pleased with.
2. If you have a blog, consider uploading your photos and
sharing your accomplishment.
3. Share your photos and/or story with other Organize-
athon participants on my Facebook page. I bet theyd love
to read about your success and discoveries I sure would
4. Leave a comment here to tell me how you feel!
Now how wonderful does that feel!
Organize-athon FAQs
Ive put together a special 30-Day Organize-athon | Getting And
Staying Organized Q & A post.
Thank You!
Thank you so much for participating in the 30-Day Organize-
athon with me! Its been a joy to read your comments and share
your journey. Perhaps well do it again next year!
Meanwhile, be happy & organized,

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Acknowledge Your Accomplishments
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30-Day Organize-athon Checklist
Task

Day 1: Declutter Your Living Area
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Day 2: Clear Out Your Hanging Closet
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Day 3: Organize Your Kitchen Utensils
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Day 4: Declutter Your Bathroom Cabinets
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Day 5: Organize Your Household Information Center
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Day 6: Freshen Up Your Crockery & Glassware
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Day 7: Organize Your Books, DVDs, and/or CDs
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Day 8: Organize Your Linen Closet
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Day 9: Organize Your Laundry
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Day 10: Organize Your Garage
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Day 11: Organize Your Shoes
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Day 12: Declutter Your Cars Glove Box
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Day 13: Organize Your Pots, Pans and Cookware
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Day 14: Organize Your Paperwork
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Day 15: Declutter Your Home Office
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Day 16: Organize Your Underwear
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30-Day Organize-athon Checklist (cont)
Task


Day 17: Declutter The Kids Toys
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Day 18: Organize Your Storage Containers
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Day 19: Organize Your Outgoing Space
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Day 20: Organize Your Fridge
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Day 21: Organize Your Pantry
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Day 22: Declutter Your Bag
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Day 23: Organize Your Goals
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Day 24: Organize Your Bedside Area
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Day 25: Declutter Your Surfaces
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Day 26: Declutter Your Exercise and Sports Equipment
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Day 27: Declutter By Donating A Dozen
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Day 28: Organize Your Grooming Supplies
(And Save Time And Money Too)
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Day 29: Get Organized Mindset Shift #1: Adopt OCI-OGO
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Day 30: Get Organized Mindset Shift #2: To Avoid Clutter

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Bonus Task: Acknowledge Your Accomplishments
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About The Author
Michele Connolly is the founder of Get
Organized Wizard and creator of
programs for business, personal and
home organization.
She is a qualified life coach with degrees
in business and psychology, and post-
graduate qualifications in business and
professional writing.
Micheles background includes managing busy marketing
departments for large financial institutions and running her own
successful small businesses.
Micheles company is called Happiness Strategies, reflecting her
philosophy that people can choose strategies to increase the
happiness in their lives and the lives of those around them. She
believes its easier to be happy if you set goals to work on and take
steps to be more organized.
Michele is a member of the National Association of Professional
Organizers (NAPO) and the International Positive Psychology
Association (IPPA).
She has been interviewed on Sydney radio, spoken at
conferences, and won several awards for her psychology studies,
which included original research and a thesis on happiness.
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