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10 Organizing Tasks You Need to Squeeze Into Each Day

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The only way to really control clutter in your life is to do certain organizing tasks on a daily basis.

When you keep up with decluttering, it doesn't become a huge chore.

I used to dread spending time in the kitchen – because whenever I needed a dish, it would be in the dishwasher and the dishes would be dirty.

Same with the laundry – it would be stressful when what I wanted to wear was not clean.

Over time, I began to realize that if I did these things every day on a schedule, my home would run like a well oiled machine.

My stress levels went down and I felt more in control.

These are some of the things that I did.

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How to Organize Daily Tasks

Here are 10 organizing tasks you can do daily to keep life running like a smooth oiled machine.

1. Manage The Dishwasher

Run the dishwasher at night and empty it first thing in the morning.

Yes, before your first cup of coffee!  

This way the dishwasher has plenty of available space during the day to take on the dishes that your family uses all day long.

2. Control the Laundry

Collect dirty laundry the night before laundry day. (If everyday is laundry day in your house, then collect the dirty laundry nightly.)

In the morning you will be ready to start a load as soon as you empty that dishwasher.

3. Don't Let the Snail Mail Pile Up

A synonym for snail mail is “recycling”.

Sort your mail as soon as you bring it into the house.

Throw away the junk, and separate the rest into just a few separate piles or inboxes (one for bills, one for filing/scanning, one for shredding etc.)

4. Clean Out Your Email Inbox

Once a day, take your email inbox down to “inbox zero” – If you clean it out on a daily basis, you will never accumulate too much.

Clean up your Gmail by creating filters.

5. Clean Off the Kitchen Countertops

The kitchen is the hub of our house and the counters get cluttered quickly.

I like to start the day with clean counters, so at the end of each day – I do a quick sweep of everything that doesn't belong.

It makes for a less stressful morning.

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6. Make Time for Planning

Every evening review your calendar and to do list for the next day.

Jot down any “to do” items that have not yet made it to your list.

Prioritize your top three tasks for the next day. And plan your meals for the next day.

Currently, I use the an Erin Condren LifePlanner to help me with this organizing task.

7. Organize Your Handbag or Wallet

Every evening, empty out the receipts, etc. that you have collected throughout the day.

Sort these in the same way as your mail.

By doing this daily, you will keep your bag clutter free and probably have a better handle on how much cash you have in your wallet.

If you find that your purse is always a big black hole – use these tips to help you organize your handbag.

I also use a purse organizer like this one to keep things in order.

Related Post: How to Organize Your Hobo Style Bag

8. Running Grocery List

Keep a running grocery list. Add things daily that you run out of.

One of the things that the Amazon Echo can do is add things to your grocery list. It's really cool.

You just need to tell Alexa to add something to your grocery list. It's that easy.

I have been training my family to use the Echo Dot to add things to our family grocery list whenever they run out. This way it's all there when I head to the store.

9. Clean Off your Computer Desktop

Don't let files clutter up your virtual workspace. Use these tips to help you organize your computer desktop in 5 minutes or less.

And while you are it, this is how to organize your desk at home or at work, too.

10. Don't Forget to Read

Build some time into each day to catch up on reading.

I have a small “to read” pile of actual books and magazines, and a virtual notebook in Evernote of articles that I want to read online.

My Kindle is also filled with titles that I have not read yet.

If you don't make time to read daily, your reading list will become unmanageable.

What Organizing Tasks Do You Tackle Daily?

I start my day by emptying the dishwasher and end the day by turning the dishwasher on.

In between I find time to manage the laundry, process my email, snail mail, and my computer desktop, clean off my countertops, plan my time, organize my purse, make my grocery list, and take a little time out to catch up on reading.

These tasks are what is important to me – but your list of daily tasks might be different.

Leave a comment below to let me know what tasks are on your daily list.

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Julie

Friday 19th of February 2021

I take time to briefly meditate, read the scriptures, and stretch, all before getting out of bed in the morning. Followed immediately by prayer. :-)

Neena Nandagopal

Saturday 20th of February 2021

Hi Julie, What a wonderful way to start each day!

maria

Monday 5th of March 2018

Wonderful post! I find that doing small things throughout the day to reduce clutter (whether physical or mental) and get everything organised is key to how I feel while working. Reading is definitely one of my favourite activities and has so many benefits, so I always try to find some slots in my schedule to catch up with a good book or article. Thanks for sharing your tips! :)

Neena Nandagopal

Monday 5th of March 2018

Hi Maria, I agree - doing a little bit everyday makes anything easier because you are not stuck with a monumental task at the end of the week or month, etc. I so hate when I get behind, not a good feeling. Thanks for stopping in!

Mitch Mitchell

Sunday 4th of March 2018

I'm working on some of these over the weekend so I can work on other things come the work week. I've cleaned off my desk, paid my bills, and addressed all my unopened email. I'm always putting together grocery lists and read constantly, although not always books (Flipboard is a gift!). I'd do my wallet if I had anything in it. lol

Neena Nandagopal

Monday 5th of March 2018

Hi Mitch, You are too funny! And also very organized it seems. :-) I love weekends when there is not much going on with the kids etc because I can just hole up and catch up, which is great. Have an awesome week!

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