I realize many of you might think the title of this post is a joke… but I’m serious!
Yes, I know you can’t literally “make-over” your entire home in 5-minutes — but you CAN make-over one drawer, one shelf, one cubbie, or one small section of your house in 5 minutes.
It might not be perfectly organized or magazine-worthy… but it WILL be better than when you started.
Progress, not perfection… right?
A while back, I shared how to declutter any closet in 5 simple steps. After publishing that post, I started thinking more and more about how I apply step #1 to almost every single space in my home on a very regular basis (often daily).
If you didn’t read that post, Step #1 is to “Do a Super-Fast Once-Over of the Space” — basically, just glance at the closet (or the cabinet, drawer, purse, cubbie, etc.) and make a few instant decisions to purge items you’re 100% positive you no longer need, use, wear, want, or love.
These purges are no-brainer items like the trash in the bottom of your purse, the ripped up rags in your cleaning cabinet, the shirt that is WAY too small and you keep forgetting to put it in the donation pile, the kitchen spatula that completely melted the last time you accidentally left it in the pan a little too long, etc. etc.
Set your timer for 5 minutes (for real, set a timer) and work in one small area for the entire 5 minutes — ONLY pulling out the items that require quick, no-brainer decisions. If you hesitate on an item for even a few seconds, just keep it for now and move on.
The point of this 5-minute exercise is to get better at making those quick decisions, to develop the habit of constantly looking for items to purge, and to experience the satisfaction and motivation that accompany doing something tangible to create a more organized space.
In my own personal experience, I’m always surprised how much I can do in 5 minutes of super-focused time. I also find it amazing how much more motivated I feel to move on to something else after I do one thing to physically simplify and organize my home — maybe it’s another 5 minute purge, maybe it’s washing the dishes or folding laundry, maybe it’s sitting down to do blog work.
It might sound crazy, but it works!
This is the time of year when life can get very busy (especially for families with school-age children). It might seem impossible to come up with any amount of extra time to better your home.
However, I think (if we’re honest) we can all find 5 minutes — maybe right when you wake up or just before you go to bed — to do something. It might not be our top priority, but it is important and it will make a difference.
I’m confident that if you consistently (at least once per day) take 5 minutes of time to better a space in your home, you WILL notice a difference sooner than you think. Plus, you’ll be developing a VERY good habit of “doing it now” versus “waiting until later.”