Quick 30 Minute Home Organization Projects

Quick Projects, Big Impact: Get Organized in 30 Minutes

30-minute home organization projects are a great way to begin organizing your home and life, because 30 minutes is a very manageable amount of time.

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    Create a household message center.

    30 minute home organization projects
    Daily System from Pottery Barn. Photo / Pottery Barn

    Establish a household message center. Oftentimes I read other organizing blogs and magazines calling this a “family message center,” but I think that really limits its use. A household message center can be used by roommates, dorm mates and even in vacation houses where people share week or weekends on and off. Make sure you’ve got an easy-to-use calendar and a board or notepad for messages.

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    I call this the kitchen organization make-under. WHat that means is that you do a a full kitchen organization sweep without having to dive too deep into cleaning out the fridge or re-organizing your entire pantry, while still getting the benefits of a good kitchen organization. 

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    Decluttered nightstand from Centsational Girl
    Photo / Centsational Girl

    Do you go to sleep every night surrounded by clutter?  This will take 30 minutes--tops--and you can be sure this little project will have a big impact. No more going to sleep surrounded by piles of "stuff" or worse yet, going to sleep surrounded by piles of trash you haven't gotten around to throwing away yet.

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    30 minute organization projects to declutter and organize your home
    Declutter your home with 30 minute organizing projects. Photo / Pottery Barn

    This guide will take you around your bathroom(s) in a quick 20-30 minutes to toss old medications and makeup, wipe down counter tops, tidy drawers and shelves and declutter each space quickly and efficiently. 

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    Declutter your entryway in 30 minutes.
    Photo / Pottery Barn

    Take 30 minutes and really declutter the entryway (or foyer) *and* your landing strip. This is where a lot of paper clutter tends to pile up.  

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    Organized Book Collection from Domino Magazine
    Organized Book Collection from Domino Magazine. Photo / Domino Magazine

     Take 30 minutes to gather everything that doesn't below in the living room and put it back into it's proper storage space, then straighten everything that does belong in the living room in these 7 steps. 

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    How to organize the closet in 30 minutes.
    Keri Russell Closet. Photo / Elle Decor

    What this is not: a large-scale, top-to-bottom closet organization.

    What is is: A good, solid, basic closet organization guide that will get you results in 30 minutes (or less). 

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    Declutter your nightstand.

    Seagrass Headboard from Pottery Barn
    Seagrass Headboard from Pottery Barn. Photo / Pottery Barn

    Take everything out of, and off your night stand, dust it, then start sorting items into three piles: toss, keep, store in another area. Pay special attention to the items you need to move back to their proper storage space, if they're always hanging around the night table, maybe you should consider moving them to your night table permanently.

    What you'll need: Trash can, recycling bin.
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    Organize a launch pad.

    Set up a launch pad to keep track of your everyday items. This way when you walk out of the house, chances are you'll have everything you need with you, instead of idling on your night table, kitchen counter, or on your desk.

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    Emily Schuman's Walk In CLoset Part 1
    Walk in Closet Pictures - Pictures of Emily Schuman's Walk In Closet Part 1. Photo / Emily Schuman

    Not a full-scale closet assault, but a way to declutter in 30 minutes or less. Learn how to let go of sentimental pieces, install a donate box, locate a clothes donation facility and ask the right questions about the clothes you're storing in the closet.

    What you'll need: My Favorite Closet Organizing Products

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    Avery Bombe Chest
    Avery Bombe Chest from Crate & Barrel. Photo / Crate & Barrel

    Take 30 minutes now to organize your dresser and getting dressed tomorrow morning will take half the time. Here's why: You don't have to know exactly where every shirt, jean and sweater is located, but knowing where your shirts, jeans and sweaters are stored means you are "organized enough."

    What you'll need: Elbow grease, donation box.
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    Organizing your linens and linen closet will make it easier for you, your family and houseguests to find what they need quickly and will speed up the bed-making and laundry processes. Rick Lew / Getty Images

    Quickly organize your linen closet, including organizing towels, sheets, comforters and blankets. This is a great first step in organizing your bathroom.

    Bottom Line: Organizing your linens and linen closet will make it easier for you, your family and house guests to find what they need quickly and will speed up the bed-making and laundry processes.

    What you'll need: Shelf dividers.

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    Tag Storage Bins from Crate and Barrel
    Tag Storage Bins from Crate and Barrel. Photo / Crate and Barrel

    Take 30 minutes to organize a bin for a project you do regularly that requires a few different tools to get done, like gift wrapping (gift wrap or bag, tissue paper, tape, scissors, greeting cards, stamps, pens). Continue reading How to Organize Project Bins.

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    Get your wallet organized.

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    The Double Frame Patent Clutch from Hobo International makes it easy to keep an organized wallet with several pockets and dividers. Photo / Hobo International

    Organizing my wallet is a regular habit for me with several benefits. In 2 minutes a day I can keep track of my cash, receipts and coupons.

    Bottom Line:

    • By organizing your wallet, you will always know how much cash you're carrying.
    • Filing/shredding receipts regularly will make your wallet less bulky and easier to use.
    • Keeping track of coupons and rewards cards and purging those you don't use regularly will control clutter.
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    Clearing the clutter around your electronic equipment is an easy task that eliminates the eyesore poking out from behind your TV. James Baigrie / Getty Images

    That mess of cords is not going to organize itself! Clear the clutter behind your TV or computer by organizing the clutter of your TV, DVD, DVR, gaming console and computer cables. 

    Bottom Line: Clearing the clutter around your electronic equipment is an easy task that eliminates the eyesore poking out from behind your TV.

    What you'll need: A label maker.

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    Organizing your credit card bills will allow you to think about your money rather than worry about your money. Dimitri Vervitsiotis / Getty Images

    Utilize automatic payments to organize your monthly bills. This simple project will take 30-minutes, tops, and streamline your personal finance organization.

    Bottom Line:

    Organizing your credit card bills will allow you to think about your money rather than worry about your money.
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    Organizing a junk drawer is a quick and easy how or office organization project. Gary S. Chapman / Getty Images

    This is an excellent place to begin organizing your kitchen or office, and added bonus, you never know what you might find lurking in your junk drawer.  Extra cash? Stamps? Scissors?

    Bottom Line:A junk drawer is a great project. It's quick, easy and you never know what you might find!

    What you'll need: Draw dividers or an adjustable drawer organizer.

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    Organizing your kitchen appliances will save you time and free up kitchen storage space. Steve Cole - Getty Images

    The first step to organizing your kitchen appliances is to group them by use: frequently used, moderately used and rarely used.

    Bottom Line:

    • Organizing your appliances will save you time--no more rooting around for the right-sized food processor blade or french press coffee maker when you need them quickly.
    • Organizing your appliances will allow you to purge those you are not using and no longer need to store, maximizing your cabinet space.

    What you'll need: Roll-out storage and pan dividers.

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    Organize your sock drawer.

    Clear Sox Boxes - Sock Drawer Organization
    Clear Sox Boxes from the Container Store. Photo / The Container Store

    I really can't think of a better task to complete while lounging in front of the TV on a weeknight. Organizing your sock drawer is a great project to tackle while "just sitting around" because it takes very little brain power and even less physical energy.


    • Matching your socks equals less time rooting around for a matching pair in the morning.
    • Finally toss the old ratty socks you're not wearing (or shouldn't be wearing) any longer.
    • Separate athletic socks from trouser...MORE socks.
    • Get your tights in order.
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     Declutter by grouping remote controls, toys, books and DVDs, folding blankets, re-racking electronic accessories and more, in just 30 minutes. 

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    handbag organization Longchamp
    The Longchamp Le Pliage Mini Handheld is a well-sized tote-style handbag for organization. Photo / Longchamp

    Get your handbag sorted and in shape so you can find your keys, wallet and cell phone without dumping out the entire bag.

    What you'll need: Recycling bin, trash can and 30 minutes.