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30-Minute Organization Projects

Do you have just 30 minutes that you can devote to one area of your home? You’ll be surprised at how much you can accomplish in this short period of time! Below are some of our favorite quick home organization projects that you can do in just 30 minutes that will really make a difference!

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Kids Desks/Organization for School
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twin study space

twin study space

Kids need a space to study. Quiet space, clean, useful, and easy to reach items. Everything is at their fingertips to complete homework and projects. We had a sun room we converted to a "study room" using Elfa products our 3 daughters could now do homework. Desk heights were measured to accommodate twin 7 year olds and our 13 year old teenager. Each has a unique space in which to call their own and make it their place to concentrate. Upper Elfa shelves were used to add books, with book ends, paper holders, and container boxes (used different sizes) to hold crafts needed to work. Desk lamps were added, with appropriate sized chairs for each girl. As the twins grow, the desk can be moved up and new chairs to be purchased. Our oldest likes the bungee type Container Store chair, maybe next time we will get the one with arms. The beauty of Elfa is it will grow with my girls. It is very versatile and flexible. I have completed at least 7 container store Elfa spaces. I will not use anything else.

WonderWoman3 from Austin, TX
Function First

Before I design a space, I think about how I need it to function. What is currently working? What is not working? How does it work with the flow of the house and where things tend to "land" on a day to day basis. I make a list of what I need to solve those problems and research product prices online. I often search the internet for storage and organization ideas. Once I have the budget to do it right, I go for it. A well thought out, beautiful design well worth the wait.

InspiredbyDesign from Fountain Valley, CA
Teaching the kids to tidy up

I have 3 kids and a huge house. I use the "Ten Minute Tidy" whenever I see things getting out of control. Just declare it and set the timer for 10 minutes. You will be amazed at what can be done with team work. Any more than 10 minutes and you loose them...so as soon as the bell rings, stop the cleaning and thank them for helping.

InspiredbyDesign from Fountain Valley, CA
Stackable Jewelry Storage
ICE CUBE JEWELRY TRAY
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ICE CUBE JEWELRY TRAY

ICE CUBE JEWELRY TRAY

I love to use ice cube trays to divide and conquer my mountains of everyday jewelry. Generally, I will do one tray with gold accent earrings, rings, etc. and the other with silver. Each pair of earrings, rings, etc. gets their own, little "cubbie." The best part about this system is that the ice cube trays are stackable and leave a very small footprint!

emmy6 from New York, NY
Everyone can spare 30 minutes!
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Setting aside 30 minutes to do one task, like organize a junk drawer, does wonders! That 30 minutes now can save a lot of hassle and time in the future. Set the timer and put on some of your favorite music. You'll be surprised what you can get done!

asds0524 from Texas

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Stuffle Backpack, Hands-Free Laundry

For anyone headed to college, the Stuffle Backpack is the perfect solution for your laundry needs. It was very helpful for me when carrying my laundry down several flights of stairs. Since I usually waited for my laundry to finish, I also had to... read more
For anyone headed to college, the Stuffle Backpack is the perfect solution for your laundry needs. It was very helpful for me when carrying my laundry down several flights of stairs. Since I usually waited for my laundry to finish, I also had to bring my laptop and any books to study as well. With my laundry as a backpack, this allowed me to carry all my other items! It was also a very nice solution when heading home for breaks because I could carry it out to the car easily, while carrying other items to take home as well!
tiffanyyychen from Columbus, Ohio
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Organize Your Medications

I have to take a number of medications. I keep them all in original containers, but change out the tops -- which I have labeled with my label maker. To fill my pill organizer, I put the dog out of the room, shut the door and ATTEND. No TV, etc. I... read more
I have to take a number of medications. I keep them all in original containers, but change out the tops -- which I have labeled with my label maker. To fill my pill organizer, I put the dog out of the room, shut the door and ATTEND. No TV, etc. I check the name and dose as well as the appearance of the pill. Why? Generics may vary. I put aside meds to be reordered. Before taking the organized dose, I check to make sure I name all the pills so I don't accidentally take too many or too few. So many pills look alike! I also never take pills in the dark. Why am I so picky? As a medical professional, I've seen all sorts of medication errors. It's easier to avoid errors than it is to correct them.
SuzyCreamCheese from USA
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Chair in laundry room for folding

Best thing I ever did. I put a rolling chair in the laundry room in front of my laundry table. I watch videos while I fold. I love it.
Joyfulllly from Midwest
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