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The 5-Minute Challenge

We live in a busy world! We are always overloaded with a long list of things that need to get done. Getting organized always seems to get put on the back burner with plans to get to it …….one day!
 Get Organized with the 5-Minute Challenge

The problem is, one day keeps getting pushed further and further away. So we settle for continuing to live with things messy. It’s become normal that we come home every day to find laundry all over the house, a garage so crammed with stuff that we can’t even park our vehicle in it, kitchen cabinets overflowing with clutter and closets full to capacity. It’s overwhelming! As a result, we simply don’t have the time or energy to do anything about it.


If this is the life you are living, I have a suggestion that will start the process of getting things organized. I like to refer to this as the “5 Minute Challenge.” Although we don’t have hours to invest in getting organized, we can carve out 5 minutes here and there. Those 5 minutes can add up and eventually put you on the path to being better organized.


Think about cooking dinner in the kitchen. The table is set and dinner is in the oven. The timer indicates you have at least 15 minutes before supper will be ready. This is a great time to take one drawer and open it up to purge and then organize.

Where Can You Apply the “5-Minute Challenge” While You’re Making Supper?

1. Purge and fold dish towels.
2. Get rid of unused cleaning products under kitchen cabinet.
3. Make sure all food in the pantry hasn’t expired and discard any that has.
4. If you have accumulated a lot of plastic cups that are overflowing your cabinets, choose your favorite and get rid of any extras.
5. Wipe off the counters and take out the trash.

5 minutes here and there can add up and put you on the path to being better organized. Click To Tweet

There are many areas in a kitchen where you can invest 5 minutes cleaning and purging. Within a short time, you can have a clean and organized kitchen. When living a busy life, it is imperative to learn how to break down what little time you do have and make the best use of it.


Think about other areas in your house where you can invest 5 minutes and make a difference.
  • What about the linen closet?
  • Your dresser?
  • Those shoes?
You will be amazed at the enormous difference you can make with numerous small investments of time. Focus on one area for 5 minutes and before long, Voila! You have conquered the clutter! Staying focused is the key!


PS: If you still find yourself unable to think in terms of 5-minute investments, hiring a professional organizer is your next step. A professional organizer can help not only with getting organized, but with time management because she helps you stay focused on the task at hand and keeps you moving forward until the work is done.


What are some areas in your life that need a 5-minute challenge? Conversely, what useful little tips and tricks do you already use to help stay organized?


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Kim Pittman

Kim Pittman

Kim has successfully helped create time and space for hundreds of people in Southwest Georgia. In 2005 she started Organize 4U with a vision to help individuals live clutter-free and productive lives. She organizes areas in the home, including pantries, attics, storage buildings and garages. Kim also custom designs and installs closet systems that enhance storage capacity. Her expertise also includes office space and systems. For organizational tips, find her on Facebook at Organize 4U. And you’ll find lots of great organizational info, including before and after shots, on her website Organize4U.org.
Kim Pittman

12 Responses to The 5-Minute Challenge

  1. Marilyn Lesniak February 22, 2016 at 8:38 pm #

    I lways get cught up in the thought of “all or nothing” course of action. Breking it down and multitasking sounds like a plan! Thank you for sharing at #overthemoon. Pinned and tweeted.
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  2. Kristy as Giftie Etcetera July 31, 2015 at 9:47 am #

    I actually like this idea so much that I’ve adopted it daily for years now. 15 minutes, every day. I do whatever needs tackling the most.

    My house stays mostly clean now.

    • Pat July 31, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

      That’s terrific, Kristy! I just LOVE it when people let us know if/how they’ve used tips we share! Glad to hear this one’s a keeper 😉
      (Now, guess I better bet back to that kitchen… LOL)

  3. Sharon Rowe July 31, 2015 at 8:20 am #

    Popping over from Frugal Friday! Love this post! It is amazing what you can do in five minutes this is such great advice, often people think they haven’t got time to organize and in reality it doesn’t take long to get on the right path!

    • Pat July 31, 2015 at 9:19 am #

      Really, Sharon, I’m often amazed (at least when I DO get in the groove) at how much can get done in little chunks of time! Take, for instance, that kitchen floor that is just DYING for me to come clean it… 😉
      Have a great weekend – and thanks for stopping by!

  4. Terri Presser May 31, 2015 at 3:53 am #

    Great post and very helpful. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  5. Therese Bizabishaka May 28, 2015 at 3:32 am #

    What a helpful suggestion. Yes my house is one like that described in your post for a number of reasons. I definitely will do the 5 minute challenge in my kitchen tomorrow. I don’t know how many times I have pulled out my kitchen draw and thought to myself I must wipe it out then procede to the next thing assuming I’ll do it another day. I think part of my problem is when I clean I like to clean an area all at once but that can be very time consuming. The 5 minute task is also great for those people who have physical limitations and find it hard to work for extended periods of time. I find myself now doing little things often with breaks in between.

    • Pat May 28, 2015 at 8:17 am #

      Therese, I feel the same way! Actually, I’ve started doing this little 5-minute challenge, and I’ve been amazed at the results. I’ve seen so much progress, even thought it’s bit by bit! And it has even inspired me to tackle a much bigger challenge over the summer 🙂
      Yay for inspiration!!

  6. Ricki @ The Questionable Homesteader May 26, 2015 at 7:44 pm #

    I love this idea! You can accomplish so much in 5 minutes, but most of the time we forget about it.

    • Pat May 28, 2015 at 8:19 am #

      Ricki, ain’t THAT the truth! LOL If I don’t get on it WHEN I see it or think about it, it doesn’t get done. But I usually have 5 minutes to give to SOMEthing…

  7. Miss Nifty Thrifty May 26, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

    I took your five minute challenge this morning while I was waiting on my son. I managed to go thru my mail stack, got rid of a little bit of junk mail, but mainly paid a few bills and filed away a few things.

    • Candy May 26, 2015 at 4:40 pm #

      Awesome! Isn’t it amazing what can be done in little increments?!

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