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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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Kids Desks/Organization for School

twin study space
twin study space
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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... read more
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
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Replace milk cartons with Glass Bottles

I noticed we we never knew when we'd run out of milk, so I replaced milk cartons with 33 oz glass swing top bottles. On each bottle I placed a chalkboard label and I write what kind of milk and the expiration date. Now I can much more easily keep... read more
I noticed we we never knew when we'd run out of milk, so I replaced milk cartons with 33 oz glass swing top bottles. On each bottle I placed a chalkboard label and I write what kind of milk and the expiration date. Now I can much more easily keep track of how much we have left, plus it looks and tastes so much better!
Gayle01 from Los Angeles
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Shower caps = great shoe covers

Don't leave behind those plastic shower caps that hotels give you (or run to the Dollar Store and buy a bag)! Use them to cover your shoes when you pack. They'll be easy to recognize and protect your clothes at the same time.
MauiVic from Morgan Hill
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