The 15 Minute Elephant

I am going to ask you a famous question…How do you eat an elephant?

You should know this one…”One 15 minute bite at a time.”

That’s the way you can organize your home too, and it can be fun. No really, I promise, it’s not that hard and with the right attitude, it will be fun. Now depending on the size of your elephant the overall project time may vary, yet all I need you to commit to is only 15 minutes a day. That’s it, 15 minutes. You can spare that for yourself and your peace of mind, right? Good, This is how it goes.

Grab you kitchen timer. If you don’t have one you need to go to the store today and pick one up. You can use an alarm clock or stopwatch too, yet make sure it’s easy for you to use and it has an audible alarm.

Now where to start now that you’re ready…
I want you to just simply walk around your home or office and decide on a room or area that most concerns you. Or one area that is small enough not to scare you away. I suggest starting somewhere somewhat easy just to help get you jump started with more immediate satisfaction. The immediate results will keep you excited to keep going on next session when it’s time.

Once you decide, I need you to stand just inside the doorway to the area and look in. Turn your head to the right. Start there. Timer in hand set it for 15 minutes and put it down. Go through and start organizing.

Take anything in that area that doesn’t belong there and put it where it belongs, clean and tidy up the area in general and if clutter is an issue be ready with 3 baskets extra. Label these, “Donate, Recycle & Trash”.

Treat this time as a bit of a race to speed it along. Just how much can you do in 15 minutes? You will be amazed! That’s it! Pretty simple isn’t it. Just 15 minutes at time and when the buzzer goes off, STOP! You are in total control. You can stop, or if you wish, you can set the timer for 15 minutes more and go again. But remember, only 15 minutes at a time. Don’t try to build Rome in a day, you’ll wear yourself out. Only continue if you feel up to it.

Pace yourself because aside from racing yourself to do as much as you can in 15 minutes, it is better to play the tortoise overall, “Slow and Steady Wins the Race” Rather than to burn yourself out too fast. Remember, organizing can take time. A closet can take 4 to 6 hours. A Bedroom can take 6 to 10 hours. The good news is 4 hours in 15 minute increments is only 16 sessions.

15 minutes is small chunks yet eventually the elephant is gone. I guarantee it!

Ready, Set, Eat That Elephant!

Michelle has a knack for being organized at home and in the office. With virtually endless energy, Michelle enjoys turning piles into files and clearing the clutter to create more functional spaces. On top of being great at organizing, she has more than 20 years of office work experience in a large variety of fields such as Retail, Sales, Hospitality, Catering Coordination, Distribution, Logistics, Project Coordination and Administration. Through her experiences Michelle has learned that being organized makes a difference. On the work front, It is what transforms a “Good Company” into a “Outstanding Company” and on the home front, being organized provides peace of mind and allows you to get more done, more effectively. By using her skills and talents with integrity and enthusiasm Michelle dedicates herself to making a difference in peoples lives for the better. Learn more about Michelle and how to get organized at

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