24 Easy And Effective Ways To Get More Organized In 5 Minutes

Easy Ways To Straighten Up Your Home In 5 Minutes

Organizing can feel like massive undertaking, which is probably why a lot of us tend to put it off (and probably more than once, at that!) But organizing doesn’t have to span your entire house — in fact, if you break up your organizing into quick and easy tasks, you can accomplish a lot in surprisingly little time!

In order to help shift the way we think about organizing, I’ve put together a big list of mini organizing tasks you can do in under 5 minutes. Even the busiest of us can find ourselves with 5 minutes to spare from time to time, and using those minutes to get a little more organized can be time well spent!

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The next time you’re waiting for someone to get out of the shower, or have a few minutes before you need to leave for work, tackle one of the easy organization ideas in this list. If you put in a little bit of effort every day, you won’t need to carve out time for those never-ending organizing marathons!

24 Easy Organization Ideas That Only Take 5 Minutes

made bed with lots of pillows

1. Make Your Bed

Straighten out the sheets, fluff those pillows, and smooth out your duvet. It takes about 30 seconds, and it makes a huge different in how clean and organized your bedroom feels!

2. Pick Up Clothes

Go around the room (or around the house, if you’re feeling ambitious) and pick up all the clothes off the floor. Put them in your hamper if they’re dirty, or hang them up if they’re still pretty clean.

clothes hanging on a portable clothing rack

3. Put Laundry Away

Take a few minutes to put your clean, folded laundry in the drawers and closets where it belongs.

4. Put Shoes Away

Take the mountain of shoes in the entryway or laundry room and put them away. This used to be a huge, annoying issue at our house, so I instituted a limit of “one pair of shoes per person in the mud room” rule. That has helped quite a bit!

remotes sitting on a tray with magazines and a candle

5. Corral The Remotes

Does anyone else seem to have a million remote controls floating around their living room? Spend a few minutes gathering them all together and placing them in a pretty box, bin, or tray. (And make sure to inform your family so they know where to put the remotes back when they’re done with them!)

6. Find A Home For Clutter

Take a moment to identify a problem area where messes and clutter often accumulate, then put something in place to help control the mess. For instance, if throw blankets always end up strew across your living room, put a basket somewhere nearby where you can stack the blankets at the end of the night.

woman putting boxes of markers into a donation box

7. Establish A Donation Area

Set aside an area or container in your house for items that you want to donate. It can be a shelf, a box, or a corner of a closet. It’ll help encourage everyone to help with your decluttering efforts, and it’ll keep the clutter hidden until you’re ready to make the trip to Goodwill.

8. Organize Your Cords

Have an unsightly mess of cords around your desk? Grab some velcro, zip ties, rubber bands, or Command hooks and sort that mess out. It only takes a few minutes, and you’ll feel so much better once it’s done!

collection of glass bottles on a shelf

9. Store A Collection

Do you have a stash of candles, water bottles, board games, or other items just sitting around somewhere? Find a place to keep them organized, like an over-the-door organizer, a dedicated shelf, or a storage container.

10. Declutter Your Desk

Take a few minutes and get rid of some of the clutter on or around your desk. Put pens and pencils in a pen cup, recycle unneeded paper, and straighten up stacks of books or papers.

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11. Hang Up Hooks

Need more places to hang stuff like scarves, purses, or cords? Take some time to hang up a few adhesive hooks! They’re easy to install and will definitely help control the clutter around your house.

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12. Clean Out Your Fridge

Take out anything in your fridge that is expired, past its prime, or smelling less than fresh. The main culprits are usually produce and leftovers, so check those first!

cans of tomato sauce organized in a cabinet shelf with various other food sitting around

13. Toss Out Stale Food

Go through your pantry and toss out anything that’s stale or past its expiration date.

14. Clear Out A Junk Drawer

If you have a junk drawer in your house, take a few minutes to empty it out. Group like items together, and toss out anything you don’t need or recognize. Corral similar items together in small plastic containers or drawer organizers before putting them back in the drawer.

mugs sitting on a kitchen counter

15. Clear Out Unused Mugs

If you have a kitchen cupboard that’s full to bursting of mugs, travel mugs, or other drink cups, take a minute to clear some of them out. Start with anything you haven’t used in the last 6 months, then adjust your limit if necessary. Set them aside in a box to donate when you have the time.

16. Organize Food Containers

Organize your collection of food storage containers! Make sure there’s a lid for every container, and set aside borrowed containers to return to their owners. Before placing your containers back in the cupboard or drawer, stack them up by size to make them as space-efficient as possible.

Related: 5 Easy And Affordable Ways To Organize All Your Food Storage Containers

black garbage cans sitting in front of a house

17. Label Your Waste Bins

If you’re always getting your trash bins or recycling bins mixed up, take a few minutes to label them. You can use paper labels or a label maker, then post the labels where they’re plainly visible. Not only will the labels help you, but it will help guests and other family members too!

18. Clear Out Cosmetics

Go through all your cosmetics, toiletries, and other personal care items. Toss out anything you don’t use anymore, and anything that’s past its expiration date.

purses hanging from hooks on the back of a door

19. Organize Your Wallet Or Purse

Dump out the contents of your wallet or purse. Toss out any garbage, old receipts, and empty chapstick tubes. Put away any random items that have found their way in too. Once you’ve cleared out all the junk, put the important stuff back in an organized fashion.

20. Rearrange Your Closet

Rearrange the clothes in your closet using a more organized system. I like to put like with like, so I hang all my skirts together, my sweaters together, etc. But if you like to hang by color or occasion, that’s perfectly fine! Use whatever system makes the most sense to you.

necklaces hanging from hooks on the bottom of a hanger

21. Organize Your Jewelry

Use trays to keep your jewelry organized, or hang it from an organizer or hanger. Anything that gets it up off your counter or dresser!

22. Reduce Paper Clutter

It seems like there are always piles of mail, bills, and other stray papers lying around the house. Piles like these can make any house feel cluttered! Sort through the stacks and keep anything crucial. The rest can be shredded and recycled.

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putting an paper organizer into a glove compartment

23. Clear Out Coupons

If you have a place that you store coupons and other offers, go through it. Toss out any expired ones, then put the remaining coupons in an organizer of some sort. Stick it in your glove compartment in your car for safe keeping. You’ll be more likely to remember to use the coupons in the future if you keep them there!

24. Recycle Junk Mail

Take all of your old newspapers, junk mail, flyers, etc. and put them in your recycling bin.

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • Nice suggestions, except for the “expired” food. Food doesn’t expire by set dates and those dates were never meant to be used this way. Leads to a lot of wasted food. Just like before those dates existed, use your eyes and nose

  • Love it! When I’m waiting for something on the stove to boil or something else in the kitchen, I unload the dishwasher or organize one cabinet in the kitchen! (Also a good time to wipe down cabinets!)

  • Great article and comments. I would like to remind, Goodwill isn’t the only thrift shop/stop….but they are almost always referenced in articles when talking about donations. There are a lot of small charities that have thrift stores and would welcome (and need) donations. Also, please consider donating that ‘extra stuff you bring home’. I used to turn down that type of stuff thinking I don’t need then I realized there are a lot of women’s or homeless shelters that would welcome those hotel soap bars, pens, cups etc. Or even donate them, those smaller thrift store would sell those items. Could be .25/bar of soap or put a variety of items in a grab bag for 1.00. It all adds up for ‘their cause’.
    Thanks for allowing comments.

  • At our house we actually have an area set aside in the garage ( houses where I generally don’t have much as far as storage rooms) , for stuff to donate.My always has groups calling and wanting our stuff. They have days when they have trucks picking up donations.

  • I have to share, I think I’ve done EVERY one of these things over the past year, and kept it up! A few I do every single weekend or several times a week. I love this article because I’m constantly organising and decluttering and making the best use of space around the house lately. Great advice – I can attest it works!

  • I’ve decluttered just as you suggested several times. Now I need to take that final step and STOP BRINGING EXTRA STUFF HOME. As long as I live I don’t need another hotel pen or hotel soap. Or mug.. Or souvenirs. Or golly— lipstick. Or nail polish. Or candles. Consider how being raised by the children of WWII has made many of us savers and collectors. Our parents did the right thing and became extra frugal during that time. But we live in an era of Extraordinary Abundance, and consequently need new skills, like learning to toss and bring home much less. Thanks much Jillee for all your many helps.

  • I have two baskets that I keep cords in. When a new purchase has a cord for charging, use, etc, I label it then put it in the basket. I know where all the cords are and can easily identify it.

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