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30 Minutes or Less – Rags . . . And Awards

Today’s 30 minute or less organizing task took me only about 5 minutes. I decided to attack my rag basket, which was really out-of-control. I’m a little embarrassed about this “before” picture, but here it is:

As always, I started by sorting through what I actually put into use.  There were rags that were so tattered they were useless, and others at the bottom that had never been used.  Both were disposed of. Then I started folding and placing them back in the basket. When I ran out of room in the basket, I was done and got rid of what was left.  Then I labeled it and placed it back on the shelf.


Much better!

I have also been nominated for two awards by two fantastic fellow bloggers.

Debt Free Decorating nominated me for the “Sunshine Award” and ipinterest for the “Kreative Blogger Award”

The Rules:

The Sunshine Award comes with a few rules:

    • Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog
    • Answer some questions about yourself
    • Nominate some other fabulous bloggers
    • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated
    • Share the love and link the person who nominated you!

The Questions:

Love or Money?


High salary or job satisfaction?


Favorite Book?

The Bible, anything C.S. Lewis wrote, and Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Television character that you simply adore?

I think Sheldon on Big Bang Theory is hilarious.

Favorite Music – My hubby is the music guy at our house. I like whatever he downloads on my iPod for me.

Favorite type of movie(comedy/romance/suspense/action/horror)

I love classics and musicals — anything with a happy ending is fine with me.

When I feel very sad or depressed I…..

Go running. Nothing like a rush of endorphins and fresh air to perk you up.

Now for my nominees –

1.  iPinterest – A really fun blog where she finds and tries Pinterest projects. I always get great ideas from her.

2.  A Cord of Three Strands – Very inspirational. A girl with a lot of heart.

3. Help for the Heart – The first blogger I found when I entered the blogging world; always full of a lot of wit and wisdom.

4. Pretty Chaotic Mom – Another Mom on the quest for organization.

5. Aquaponic Family – Amazing stuff! A family’s journey into aquaponic farming

Here are the rules which I must comply with :

1. You must thank the person who has given you the award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link the person who has nominated you for the award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 other Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on which of the blogs to let them know they have been nominated.

So without further ado, here are 7 random, or possibly interesting things about me:

1.  I love to run.

2. I am the middle of 5 children.

3. I like to drink Diet Pepsi.

4. I really love candy, but try not to keep it around the house.

5. My favorite person to be with is my husband.

6. I love to be outside.

7. I’m not the most organized person . . . this blog is my attempt to overcome my deficiencies.

Now on to the nominations for 7 more “Kreative Bloggers” that I enjoy reading on a daily basis:
1. Kate’s Kitchen Garden – my good friend and fellow blogger and where I go for gardening advice.
2. Monkey’s on My Back – Creative ideas and a fun site.
3. Beautiful Disasters – Lots of yummy recipes and fun reading.
4. A Kiss of Bliss – Inspirational.
5. My Color-coded Life – Great organizing ideas.
6. Amy+Mayd – Really inspiring decorating ideas.
7. Debt-Free Decorating — Just like the title says — debt-free decorating ideas and just a fun read.

30 Minutes or Less – Candles

For a quick Sunday afternoon organization project, I gathered my candle boxes.

Yikes! Not good! I quickly sorted through what I will and will not use, and of course, got rid of those I won’t use. Then I neatly placed them back into the boxes, added labels (printable from Better Homes and Gardens). Done and back on the shelf in less than 20 minutes.


30 Minutes or Less – Command Center Maintenance

I love my new(-ish) command center. The great thing about it is that it cuts down on my maintenance time for all my paper work. But it does require some servicing from time to time. For today’s less than 30 minute task, I hit my “in-use” box. This is the box where I store all the things that I am using and want to keep at my finger-tips — Bible Study materials, magazines and books I’m reading, and the home-management binder.  My first task was to sort through and pull out what I am no longer using. I admit I kept throwing magazines in there, and I had a stack I had long-since finished.

I quickly sorted into “Recycle” and “File”, then did accordingly. Next I attacked my home-management binder. When short on time, rather than hole-punching and filing under the appropriate divider, I had some papers I stuck in front.

I quickly sorted these, hole-punched and inserted them into the binder. Then I went through the binder and pulled out papers that were out-dated or I no-longer needed. Task complete, it only took about 15 minutes, and my command center is looking neat again.

30 Minutes or Less

That is the theme of the next couple weeks. I’m a very busy girl right now and that is about all the time I have to dedicate to organizing projects, so over the next couple weeks I’m going to be working on organizing tasks that I can accomplish in under 30 minutes. Today’s is already done. I attacked my “to file” basket, which was looking a little full.


I already have a filing system set up, so it was just a matter of sorting and placing them in the proper file.


Done in 11 minutes flat. . . and I was even able to complete my post under my 30 minute deadline, bringing the total time to 22 minutes. Woot! Woot!  And now on with my regularly scheduled day.

Got an under 30 minute organizing task? I’d love to hear from you?