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10 Minute Projects to Clear Household Clutter

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10 Minute Projects to Clear Household Clutter
Benchwright Tower one from Pottery Barn

Benchwright Tower one from Pottery Barn

Photo / Benchwright Tower one from Pottery Barn
These projects are best completed when you've got 10 minutes to spare, are hoping to clear some clutter, and are not sure where to begin: 10 Minute Projects to Clear Household Clutter:
  1. Walk around your home and gather the following: batteries, light bulbs and stamps. Make sure you store these in the same spot so you don't buy more than you need.
  2. Choose a room that needs work, and then schedule time to work through one of the Home How To Guides. What resources do you need to get that done? When do you have time to accomplish this? Plan ahead!
  3. Peruse this list of home storage ideas Store It A-Z and store one item in your home that has been just "hanging around," like batteries, paper towels or toiletries.
  4. Read how some About.com Guide organize their days to get things done in My Daily Routine
  5. Read how some About.com Guide organize their closets in How I Organize My Closet. They confess how often they donate clothing, clean their closets and what kind of hangers they prefer.
  6. Get some inspiration for kitchen organization by reading interviews with About.com Guide their kitchen organization techniques in How I Stay Organized in the Kitchen.
  7. Do you have an older item (television, gaming system, VCR) you're not sure how to recycle? Check the list How to Recycle Everything, then schedule a time to recycle it, or do this right away.
  8. Measure the inside of each closet in your house (this is a lot quick than it sounds-promise!). Write down the dimensions-depth, width, and height--of each space, shelf, nook and cranny on an index card, one per closet, and store them in your wallet. The next time you're in Bed Bath and Beyond, Home Depot, Lowes of the Container Store, buying closet accessories, you'll have the information you need with you.
  9. Go through your luggage. Remove any leftover papers, gum wrappers or clothes/toiletries you forgot to unpack.
  10. Go through your hard copy or electronic address book and take out old contacts--especially ex-boyfriends or anyone else your phone should not be "accidentally" dialing.

100s of 10 Minute Home Projects
Hundreds of home projects organized by space (kitchen, closet, home office) that you can complete in 10 minutes or less.

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