10 Ideas To Organize Your Office in 10 Minutes or Less


I hate wasting time!

So I’m always on the lookout for quick organizing projects to tackle when I have a few extra minutes here and there. I’ve even started timing some of my daily tasks, and found that I could accomplish many of them in 10 minutes or less.

After thinking about these 10-minute tasks, I realized that by completing one every day for a year, I could tally up over 60 hours of organizing -- pretty impressive!

So even if you are short on time these days, I challenge you to think about little things you can do each day to get more organized without wasting a bunch of precious time.

Here are 10 ideas to get you started!

1. Respond to, file, or delete 15 emails in your inbox {find more email tips here}

2. Clear old voice-mails and text messages from your phone

3. Clear off your desk surface check out these simple office organizing ideas

4. File one stack of paperwork

5. Mark upcoming meetings, events, and appointments in your calendar/planner

6. Make your to-do list for the day (see how I've implemented a block schedule)

7. Shred or file one stack of paperwork

8. Clean out your wallet, purse, or computer bag -- who knows what could be hiding in there!

9. Declutter your computer's desktop screen -- probably time to delete, file, and organize ALL those desktop icons!

10. Remind yourself of the goals you've set for the year -- are you still on track to complete them?

I like to do these 10 minutes tasks during "dead time" -- between meetings, while I'm waiting for someone, or even in the car (if you carpool!).

Remember — you’re aiming for progress, not perfection, so even though you won't be able to get everything completely organized in 10 minutes, doing something is always better than nothing at all!



Comments March 15, 2012

Great ideas. By the way, where did you get your desk and shelves? They are beautiful! March 16, 2012

It’s amazing how much you can get done in 10 minutes.  My desk is the one area of my house that is out of control!  No matter how hard I try, I can’t keep it clean.  It looks like a tornado went through it!  But if I go to my desk, set my timer for 10 minutes, and do as much as I can, it’s amazing how much better it looks.  It’s never as bad as it seems once I pick things up and put them away.  I’m really trying to institute the rule of “don’t put it down, put it away.”  That will help with my desk problem a lot.  Anything paperwork related gets set on the desktop.  That’s why it always looks so bad.

San Diego Office Furniture March 17, 2012

I like to use my 10 minutes to completely clear off the desk top and wipe the whole thing down (including phone, keyboard, chair arms, and mouse) with Clorox wipes. Makes everything nice and shiny again and encourages me not to snack at my desk too much!


Andrea @ Simple Organized Living March 24, 2012

The shelves were actually built-in when we purchased the home {just a fresh coat of white paint} and the desk is a 120 year-old farm table that just happened to fit perfectly in our office space!

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A daily routine will ensure that your space is free from clutter and is kept organized.

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Jesse October 29, 2013

I’ve found that the easiest way to clean my desk is to simply toss everything off of it and go through the pile like, “Do I REALLY need this on my desk?”

My desk is my work area and I keep treating it like a garbage dump. Right now I have my contact case and solution, a box of Altoids, tape, cords, etc. WHY?!


Phil March 20, 2014

If anyone else was looking for more of a technological approach to becoming organized like I was, I did find this;

Your article is a good read too smile

3 Ring Binders March 23, 2014

I myself am big into using 3 ring binders to organize my office.  SCheck out a cool video I found about BIG 3 ring binders…

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