Time-Saving Tips to Get Organized
Learn how to reclaim the time you spend waiting, whether at home or on the go.
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Time-Saving Tip #4
During TV commercials or if you have four minutes in the family room
- Organize a DVD shelf or book shelf, and make a donation pile of movies your kids have outgrown and books you won't read again.
- Venture under the couch to hunt dust bunnies.
- Put all toys (including the dog's) in a toy box or basket in the corner of the room.
- Recycle old magazines, and put those you intend to read in the magazine rack.
- Do some quick calisthenics so you don't feel like such a couch potato.
Time-Saving Tip #5
While your kids brush their teeth before bedtime or if you have five minutes in their room
(You may want to do these things with your kids.)
- Organize the sock and underwear drawer, tossing anything that no longer fits or just doesn't look wearable anymore.
- Put all stray stuffed animals into baskets.
- Turn down the bed, pull down the shade and turn on a lamp. You're all ready for bedtime stories.
- Put all stray tapes and CDs into their cases. To get your child involved, buy a colorful plastic carrying case for him to store his lullaby and playtime music in.
- Donna suggests laying out an outfit for the next day, ready for your child's approval or a quick switch. This will save time during the morning rush.
Time-Saving Tip #6
Waiting to pick up your child from school or if you have five minutes in the car
- Bring a trash bag and pick up all cups, napkins and litter in the car.
- Pay bills: store statements, envelopes, checkbook, register, envelopes and stamps in an accordion file with handle.
- Schedule dental and doctor appointments, order prescription refills, confirm appointments.
- Donna suggests organizing the interior of your car, including the glove compartment and the catch-all netting on the seat backs.
Time-Saving Tip #7
Waiting in line at the post office or grocery store or if you have three minutes on your feet
- Write a to-do list for the next day.
- Make a quick phone call to schedule an appointment you've been putting off.
- "Look at the supermarket magazines and see if you can find any organizing tips," says organizing expert Maria.
- Organize your purse — put stray coupons in the side pocket, check hand lotion bottles to see if they're empty, throw out candy wrappers and old store receipts.
Time-Saving Tip #8
Waiting at the doctor's office or if you have 10 minutes in a comfy chair
- Organize your social life: make a lunch date with a friend you haven't seen in a while.
- Tackle your "should-do" list: write a thank-you note or a card to a friend; call your mother.
- Close your eyes, practice deep breathing and organize your thoughts.
- Check out the health magazines that are mainstays of a doctor's office. Learn something new about your kidneys, or some great exercise tips.
- Bring a tote bag with a couple of sewing repair projects.
Time-Saving Tip #9
On the phone, on hold or if you have one to three minutes (we wish!) in your home office
- Organize your e-mail: create file folders that make sense and delete spam.
- Go through paper file folders one a time, looking for outdated papers to toss or shred. Mark where you left off for next time.
- Send a virtual greeting card from your computer to let someone know you care.
- Run the virus scan or disk defragmenter on your computer to keep it healthy.
- Go through your file of tax deduction receipts and paper-clip those in the same category to simplify the process next April.
If your seasonal celebrations could use a little more peace and joy, heed this advice from the pros.