Gotta Minute

Often, people don’t want to start an organizing or downsizing project because they think it will take too long.

That’s why we created the DIVA Dozen -- TWELVE organizing and downsizing tasks you can do around your house in 20 minutes or less!

When you’re ready to get started, here’s our DIVA Dozen:

  1. Clean your cutlery drawer. Toss anything that is rusty, broken or totally useless!
  2. Remove everything from the cabinet under the sink. Sort, purge and replace.
  3. Organize the top shelf in the front hall closet.
  4. Check your coffee mug collection. Keep only the ones you LOVE to use.
  5. Check your medicine cabinet and dispose of expired medications responsibly.
  6. Be ruthless with bath towels – frayed or discoloured towels can be donated to the Humane Society or local Animal Shelter.
  7. Sort the mitten/glove drawer and discard any “orphans” in the mix.
  8. Sort Income Tax documents before the deadline; then set up your 2013 files.
  9. Fresh herbs and spices enhance your cooking and baking. Replace spices if they are past their “best-before date”.
  10. Fill a box with HHW – Household Hazardous Waste -- and take it to your local Transfer Station. Delivery may take longer than 20 minutes!
  11. Check the trunk of your car. Just keep the essentials – windshield washer fluid, first aid kit, emergency items and scraper -- for winter driving.
  12. Light up your life by cleaning ceiling and light fixtures, bulbs and shades and make them sparkle.

Now, that wasn’t so difficult, was it?

Karen Shinn

Karen Shinn

Downsizing Diva Co-Founder. Toronto East & North York

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