Get Neatsmart: 5 Things You Can Do in 5 Minutes to Get Organized

Happy first Monday of April! Is it just me or is the year going by super fast? Here is the latest edition of 5 Things You Can Do in 5 Minutes to Get Organized:

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Get Neatsmart: 5 in 5 for Last Day of March

Can you believe it’s the last day of March already? We’re a quarter of the way through 2014? How are you doing with those resolutions? Just kidding, you don’t have to answer.


  1. Clean out your medicine drawer/ cabinet. Check for expired medications that have lost their efficacy. Your pharmacy can help with proper disposal of prescriptions. Make a list of anything that needs to be refilled like bandages, antiseptic gel, hydrogen peroxide, etc.
  2. Keep a running list of groceries to buy as you run out. This makes grocery shopping so much more efficient because you have your list started before you even start to think about it. Write it down as soon as it’s out and you know you need to replace it. I have a small dry erase board on my refrigerator that I use and then I take a picture of it with my phone before I leave for the store.
  3. Clear off the entrance(s) to your home. Even if you use the garage or a back entry most frequently you want to have a a pleasant entry way to greet you and your guests. Sweep the welcome mat and clear trash or other debris from the area.
  4.  Consider your magazine subscriptions. If you are repeatedly tossing out magazines without reading them or, even worse, keeping lots of magazines that you intend to read “one day” consider reducing the number of subscriptions you have. Now I enjoy the few magazines that I subscribe to and pick up the occasional bonus one when I have time to read it, like traveling.
  5. Make a phone call. If you need to get the answer to something quickly, consider calling instead of emailing. People call so infrequently now that you can usually get the person and get to the point quickly, saving time and effort at the same time. You can always leave a message if you don’t reach the person and let them know the question so they are prepared to answer it at a later time. You’d be amazed at how much time getting on the phone can save if you are concise with your message or request for information.

If you missed some of the other 5 Things You Can Do in 5 Minutes to Get Organized, here is a link to the first.

What’s your favorite tip? Have you been able to get organized in 5 minutes?


Get Neatsmart: 5 in 5


  1. Check your pantry for expired foods. Go to the far reaches of your shelves and pull out anything with dust on it and look for an expiration date. If it hasn’t expired and you don’t plan on using it soon then donate it to a shelter.
  2. Check your refrigerator for expired foods. Hmmm, there’s a theme here. 🙂 The refrigerator door is the home of seldom used condiments. It’s amazing how fast time flies between adventurous cooking sessions. Check these bottles for dates and throw out what’s past its prime.
  3. Don’t stop by the Sale section in a store. Just because something is on sale does not mean it should come home with you.
  4. Name a Folder “Taxes 2014.”  Put all of your deductible receipts, W2s, and any other tax related items. You’ll be happy you did this next year when you sit down to work on your taxes.
  5. Put all appointments on your calendar immediately. This includes anything you are responsible for attending: parties, meetings, doctors’ appointments, forms that need to be returned, etc. Don’t wait until later because it may never happen and then you’re time management is challenged.



Get Neatsmart: 5 in 5

Feeling sluggish on this Monday morning? Rushing to get your day going? Here’s another set of 5 Things You Can Do in 5 Minutes to Get Organized and help you take control of your life.


  1. Toss your newspapers. If you haven’t read the past week’s papers already chances are you’re not going to have time this week. Put them in the recycle bin.
  2. Put a bag in each closet for donations. Any time you pull out something to wear and it doesn’t fit, doesn’t flatter, or you just don’t like it, put it in the bag for donation. When the bag is full, DONATE IT!
  3. Clean out your hair styling tools. Do you have duplicate curling irons/ straighteners/ blow dryers/ round brushes, etc? Do an quick inventory of what you have and get rid of the extras. You only have one head and 2 arms so how many do you really need?
  4. Straighten up your underwear drawer. Yes, I mentioned unmentionables. This is the first thing you put on each day so the drawer should be in order so you start your day on the right foot. Throw away anything with holes, stains, stretched out elastic, or that doesn’t fit. Start Spring off with clean underwear!
  5. Go through your coupon stash. Throw away anything that’s expired and seriously evaluate the remaining ones. Are you really going to buy 4 containers of cream cheese to save a nickel? I don’t mean to disrespect coupon-ing but be cautious with what seems like a deal and make sure it is something you really need and use or can freeze.

If you need additional tips on what else you can do in 5 minutes to get organized click on some previous posts here, here, and here.


Get Neatsmart: 5 in 5 the Money Edition


What do you think of the new title of the 5 Things You Can do in 5 Minutes to Get Organized series:  Get Neatsmart. It simplifies things, which is always good for me and my goal for you. You, too, can be Neatsmart and get Neatsmart by following these 5 tips to get organized in 5 minutes: Continue reading

5 Things in 5 Minutes: Happy March!

Welcome to the first week of March and the latest edition of 5 Things You Can do in 5 Minutes to Get Organized. Who doesn’t have a little spring fever at this time? I don’t want to rub it in with readers in cooler climes but let me just say the sprouting crocus and daffodils are a sight for sore eyes.


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5 things you can do in 5 minutes to get organized: 2/24

Happy last week of February! Can you believe we are almost 2 months into 2014? Here are some tips to help you get organized so you can spend more time doing the things you enjoy!

Simple menu planning will make your evenings more enjoyable & less stressful.

Simple menu planning will make your evenings more enjoyable & less stressful. This is how plans their week’s menu on the refrigerator.

  1. Write down groceries that you need immediately after you realize it. Keep a notepad on your refrigerator or in your kitchen that you can add to periodically and then you’re half way through your list when  you need to go.
  2. Fold clean clothes while you’re watching TV. You can put them away during the commercial break so it will be fast. I know most people record shows and skip through commercials but this is a good way to use that 3 minute segment of time. Bonus points for getting the family involved and it goes faster!
  3. Plan your week’s meals on Sunday. This is especially helpful for dinner if you’re feeding a family. You don’t have to have all of the groceries on hand but you at least know what’s coming and can prepare more easily. Sample menu above courtesy of
  4. Designate a landing pad for your car keys, glasses, wallet, & purse. Avoid that last minute scramble of “where, oh where can my keys be?” They don’t have to be kept together but you should designate a convenient spot and put these items in their home EVERY time you come in the door.
  5. Put your reusable grocery bags back in car after you empty your groceries. There is no reason to store them in your home if you only use them for groceries. Get them in the car as soon as you’ve emptied them so you’re ready for your next trip.