stephmodo: Organizing Tip #16

Organizing Tip #16

• 11 September 2008

Clean the bathroom while your children are taking a bath.

My sister taught this to me many years ago, and honestly, I think it is one of the most efficient uses of my time. You know the are bathing your kids...they require wash up the kiddos and then they want to play (of course!) need to stay close...but don't want to sit on a hard toilet seat for 20 minutes (ouch!). Why not gussy up the bathroom while the kids play with Nemo & Co.?

The other night I followed this tip and cleaned everything but the tub in 15 minutes flat (including mopping). While the kids dried off and retrieved their pajamas I scrubbed the tub for 5 more minutes making it the best-utilized-20-minutes-of-my-day. Anyway, props to you Cher~

I wish this were my bathroom :)


#1 Make your bed each day (you'll be surprised how good this will make you feel!)
#2 Clean out your closet (take out everything not worn in past 12 months)
#3 Clear off kitchen counter tops (remove anything you don't use 2x weekly)
#4 Clean out your car
#5 Unclutter your mind--start writing thoughts down right away to relieve stress
Find ways to organize in one minute or less (purse, drawer, etc.)
Place a pretty dish on dresser tops and nightstands to collect jewelry, loose change, and pocket paraphernalia.
#8 Gather up recipes and clipped magazine pages and throw them all into one accessible binder for easy meal-organizing.
Sort mail immediately...preferably over the trash :)
#10 Clean out your car weekly
# 11 Do a 5-minute nightly sweep
Take just a few minutes to walk through your home with a garbage bag, gathering all the unused items you can.
# 13
Replace all your random plastic and metal hangers with wood hangers for a unified look in your closet.
#14 Simple ways to remember important things to do while you are out--Put objects that need to leave the room or house with you near the door or on the driver's seat of your car; Post a sticky note on the door leading to your car (be it the front door or garage door); Post a sticky note on the dashboard of your car as a reminder.
#15 Change the sheets on your bed before you leave on vacation; when you arrive home again you'll feel like you're still in a hotel.


  1. Great idea! That bathroom is divine!

  2. That bathroom must be in France, right? Cute pic!!!

  3. I do this all the time! And when the bathroom is already pretty much clean, I use the time to sort through and organize a drawer or a cupboard.

    Love that bathroom in the photo!


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