Try These Organizing Hacks That Will Tidy Your Space in 15 Minutes or Less

Do you believe you cannot make significant changes to the organization of your house in 15 minutes? Think again, since it turns out that there are a lot of easy tasks you can complete in less than a quarter of an hour that can completely transform your area. Below, four expert organizers share their organizing hacks

1. Organizing Hacks- Empty Clutter Baskets

Minda Hofer, the professional organizer who runs Labeled Living in Edmond, Oklahoma, swears by this technique in her own five-person family. She selects a covered basket that she refers to as the “task basket” to assist manage everyday clutter.

“As we go through our daily grind, items tend to get left out: Brushes, stuffed animals, shoes, and markers,” Hofer said. “When we need a quick fix, we will simply grab these items and place them in the task basket to be taken care of later.”
“As we go through our daily grind, items tend to get left out: Brushes, stuffed animals, shoes, and markers,” Hofer said. “When we need a quick fix, we will simply grab these items and place them in the task basket to be taken care of later.”

2. Organizing Hacks- Sorting Through Mail

Even in this digital age, we still receive a lot of mail. Don’t let the catalogs, paperwork, and invoices pile up. Lili Pettit, creator of Clutter Healing in Los Angeles, says that you can do a lot to attack your mail pile in only 15 minutes.

“If you have a pile of mail that needs your attention, take 15 minutes to sort the junk mail from the items you want to keep,” Pettit says. “Toss the junk mail in the recycling bin and place any important mail in a place where you are most likely to give it attention.”

3. Organizing Hacks- Set up an area for donations.

If you find yourself often cleaning out drawers and closets and always making a donation pile somewhere in your house, Ashley La Fond, CEO of home organization firm Of Space + Mind, recommends devoting some time to designating donation places.

“What you need and use is constantly changing, especially when you have children,” the New York City-based organizer explains. “Make it simple to update on the spot by putting a donation box or bin to each closet. When your bin is full, it is time to make a drop-off!”

4. Organizing Hacks- Getting rid of old devices

If you have a drawer full of technical items that you no longer use, spend a few moments sifting through it.”Chargers, cables, and old technology are a huge culprit for clutter,” according to La Fond. She does, however, point out that disposing of these things ethically is simple.

5. Organizing Hacks- Organize the Pantry

“Retailers like Best Buy have free recycling and trade-in programs,” according to La Fond. “Clear out those drawers and recycle or trade in those old iPhones, chargers, headphones, and cords you are no longer using.”

Is your unorganized pantry bringing you down? You might be astonished at how much you can do in only 15 minutes of organization.
“Commit to regular pantry edits,” suggests La Fond. “Before going grocery shopping, get rid of outdated foods and assess your inventory. “Do this regularly to reduce food waste!”

Plus, dinner preparation will be much easier if you have a good feel of what you have on hand and don’t have to worry about jars and cans falling on you every time you open the cabinet doors.

6. Organizing Hacks- Make little changes for future success.

Another essential job you can complete in 15 minutes is prepping your home for future turmoil by putting bins and baskets in different places. “Try your best to avoid the ‘ hide it and close it’ method, as it will create more work for you in the long run,” warns Kenzie Harkey, professional organizer and founder of Simply Dare in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“The goal is to make tidying up and finding your things easy, so use labels or products to establish homes for certain things,” she said. “Try a bowl for keys and a shoe rack near your entry, a tray to hold remotes, baskets on bookshelves for cords, and creating structure in drawers with drawer organizers.”