How to Organize in 20 Minutes (or Less)!
If you have 30 seconds...
Put brooches and clips in an unused ice tray, then place in a bureau drawer. The key here is to see and separate. You'll be more inclined to wear what you know you have and can quickly grab.
Sharpen Up Knife Storage
Make your kitchen safer and help knives keep their edge by storing them in a knife drawer. Catchall drawers are really only good for one thing -- hiding what you're looking for. Keep sharp knives separate for safety and easy access.
Store Toilet Paper
Stash extra toilet paper quickly by stacking inside a clear cylinder vase or umbrella stand for a clean, modern look in the bathroom.
If you have 1 minute...
Color Code the Closet
It seems so simple, but try organizing by color; it will instantly give the appearance of neatness.
Organize Under the Sink
Stick adhesive hooks (found at your local hardware store) to hang a pair of rubber dish gloves in the cabinet under a sink. Your manicure will thank us later.
Add Hooks in the Garage
Hang your bikes on the wall? Check-plus for being one step ahead! Now hammer a nail nearby for your helmet. No more time lost looking for it when you could be outside cruising.
If you have 10 minutes...
Divide and Conquer Shoes
Separate his and her shoes and then group by style: high heels together, tennis shoes on the bottom and flats on a shelf. Put any of your special-occasion shoes at the back of your closet.
Maintain the Mantel
Take control of clutter and group like colors and objects on your mantel. If you make it look pretty, you can get away with leaving your junk out.
Rearrange the Cabinet
In the kitchen, tackle one cabinet at a time and sort its contents. Group glasses by style and place upside down. Layer a nonskid liner first for bonus points! If you have tall cabinets, use a tray as a shelf divider to stack glasses on top of each other in layers.
If you have 20 minutes...
Clean the Home Office
With the computer off, turn keyboard upside down and shake out any crumbs. Dust computer monitor with electronic wipes, eyeglass cleaning cloth or even a used dryer sheet. Dust keys with an air duster or a small, clean paintbrush.
Organize knickknacks and mementos within keepsake boxes. Put those empty chocolate and tea tins you're saving to good use and fill with letters, seashells, theater programs, ticket stubs and matchbooks.
Trick Out a Towel Rack
Attach a couple more towel rods behind the bathroom door in a stacking formation for extra storage without taking over the bathroom.