The 8-Minute Organizer

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8 minutes to an organized house. Sounds like my kind of plan! In her book, “The 8-Minute Organizer: Easy Solutions to Simplify Your Life in Your Spare Time”, professional organizer Regina Leeds explains a master plan that few of us can make excuses about.

The home is a precious place; an escape for our husband and children after a long day of work and school. And yes, it can be an escape for us too, even if we are home all day! Having an organized house will help us to enjoy our homes instead of dreading the pile of paper or the overflowing closet. Most of us, as organized as we may be, have at least one spot in our home that leads to more stress than relaxation. “Stuff is noisy!” she says. Wouldn’t it be nice to walk into a room and it feel like a retreat from the rest of the house? Having organized and tidy purpose can create that effect in each room!

The essence of the book is the 8-minute timer. I don’t know about you, but when I think of the different organizing projects to do throughout my house, I feel a little overwhelmed! Maybe I’m just remembering the last time my husband and I decided to organize the basement and it took ALL. DAY. LONG. It’s not too often that I have a full day to dedicate to an organizing project. Soooo….8 minutes?! YES! I can find 8 minutes every day.

In the book, the author divides the chapters into rooms. Each home is different, but I think she does a good job at covering the basic rooms of a home. She gives lots of options of projects: Some are “Quickies” that can take potentially less than 8 minutes, others are “Basic 8’s” that are pretty consistent, and then there are the “Ambitious 8’s” that may take several 8-minute sessions to complete. No matter how much time you have in the day, there’s room in there for one of these! Over a period of time you will see your home become an organized retreat.

If you’re like me at all, you organize a room and within a short period of time the law of entropy takes over and you find the room less than organized. At the end of each chapter, the author lays out a plan to KEEP things organized. Now THAT is enough to motivate me.

“Actions that keep you organized don’t require more time or effort
than those that enslave you to chaos. You trade one action for another.”
Regina Leeds

Purchase your own copy HERE and begin your journey to an organized home!