Procrasticlutter: Clearing the Top of the Dryer #5MinuteFriday

Procrasticlutter Clearing the Top of the Dryer #5MinuteFriday Declutter Clothes Laundry at

I explain Slob Vision as my inability to see incremental mess.

Edit that: my tendency to not see incremental mess.

Edit again: my ability to move around incremental mess like it’s not even there.

Seriously, y’all. I have a gift.

I got a new washer and dryer last year. I love love love them.

One of the “features” I talked about when I got them was the slant of the top of the dryer. And how that slant would surely prevent me piling things atop this ever-so-pilable surface.


Except that this is me. And I’m the queen of piling. And the queen of piles not bothering me the way they’d bother other people they should totally bother me.  

And obviously, I’m also the queen of being able to pile things on slanted surfaces like they’re not even slanted.

Note: If you need to think I’m perfect because you read my book (or, obviously, skimmed if you still think I’m perfect), you should probably stop reading this post now. Because I’m so far from perfect it’s ridiculous. I don’t want to burst your bubble if you happened to come here from one of the places online that refer to me as a Cleaning Guru. (Don’t worry. Typing that makes me laugh as hard as it makes you laugh reading it.)

ANYWAY, this is what the top of my dryer has looked like for a while.


Procrasticlutter Clearing the Top of the Dryer #5MinuteFriday Before Decluttering at

A long while.

I fold right out of the dryer. It’s the laundry management method that rocks my world. Doing that prevents piles of clean clothes from sitting on my recliner for weeks on end. As I fold, I make stacks on top of the washer and dryer and then go put the clothes away immediately.

Or, obviously, MOST of the clothes.

I truly believed in my heart-of-slob-hearts that this build-up of random clothing on top of my dryer was made up of mostly things I had decided to donate when I took them out of the dryer. And I kept meaning to put a new Donate Box in the laundry room. 

The pile had grown high enough that a full body lean/contortion was required to reach the controls on the top of the dryer.

I gave it five minutes. I was sure the pile was made up completely of donations, so I thought five minutes would be plenty.

Here’s what it looked like after five minutes:


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So I gave it five more:


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Aaaaahhhh. Much better.

Not perfect, but better. Yes, I also see the hanger and the white thing shoved in the corner.

It took more than five minutes to “put these donations in the Donate Box” because this is the sum total of what went into the Donate Box:

  • a pair of jeans
  • a shirt

Really. Me and my assumptions. Me and my Slob Vision.

Whatever. I got it done. In less than ten minutes. And I’m hoping those delusion-breaking fewer-than-ten-minutes will keep me from re-piling. I did this last Saturday, and there’s not a stitch of clothing on there from Monday’s Laundry Day.

So maybe.

Procrasticlutter Clearing the Top of the Dryer #5MinuteFriday Declutter Laundry Room Before and After at



This Spot. Again. #5MinuteFriday

That Spot Again #5MinuteFriday Decluttering because of the Visibility Rule at

I took five whole minutes to practice what I preach. This very spot is the example I use when explaining the Visibility Rule as I speak to groups of women.

And part of explaining the Visibility Rule is explaining that visible spaces get re-cluttered more frequently than non-visible spaces, so that’s an extra frustration that comes with tackling them.

Technically, I could have straightened this space in way less than five minutes, but giving myself the five minutes of focus let me get all the way to the bottom of the issues of this space.

Initially, I was only planning to show you the closer up pic:

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But then, I decided to be honest and show the dirty cookie sheet and spoon that were also cluttering the space. Technically, those were procrasticlutter.

In five minutes, I replaced the super-boring-normal stopper on the fancy olive oil with the super-fancy-mechanically-amazing stopper that was probably a few days away from being completely forgotten and lost forever.

That Spot Again decluttering and the visibility rule at

I also took the random snacks in the basket to the other basket on the other side of the kitchen where the kids actually look for snacks.

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The cookies everyone liked that got lost and forgotten among the snacks that were lost and forgotten? I threw them away.

I was very pleased with the progress after five minutes:

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Notes: The blue bag held a bottle of wine someone gave us. We don’t drink, and so it sat there. Cluttering my counter. I took it out of the blue bag and put the bottle in my spice cabinet, hoping I’ll think to cook with it at some point. I stuck the bag with my other reusable bags.

I am aware there are four cutting boards in the photo, and to be honest, there’s one more tiny one that was likely in the dishwasher at the time I took the photo. They all seem necessary, but I should probably evaluate that thought at some point. I have legitimate reason to fear turning into a Crazy Cutting Board Lady as I age.


Decluttering the Kitchen That Spot Again Before and After #5MinuteFriday at Using the Visibility Rule



Clearing the Dining Room Table in Five Minutes #5MinuteFriday

5 Minute Friday Decluttering Clearing the Dining Room Table at #5MinuteFriday

I’m enjoying the motivation to see what I can do in five little ol’ minutes.

I recently tackled my dining room table.

My dining room dumping ground.

Which could have so so much worse.

This is often the spot I tackle while the family is doing a five minute pickup. It seems to be the spot with the most decisions to make, as opposed to simple pick-it-up-and-take-it-where-it-goes stuff we find throughout the rest of the house.

I took my before photo:

Clearing the Dining Room Table in Five Minutes Before Decluttering at #5MinuteFriday

I set my timer and got to work.

Most of the stuff on the table had come out of packages I’d opened but not actually dealt with yet. An order from ThredUp (<–referral link) and an order from Grove Collaborative.

Clearing the Dining Room Table in Five Minutes #5MinuteFriday trying on boot from ThredUp at

I even tried on the boot I hadn’t tried on when the order first came, and then took that boot to hang out with its mate in my closet (where I’d already taken the mate a few days before . . . ).

Trash was thrown away, and each individual item was taken to its home.

Did you catch that?? Each (like every single) item (no matter how urgent) was taken (all the way there) to its home (its established where-would-I-look-for-it-first spot). In five minutes. 

I had to clear this table. But in the interest of using this Five Minute Friday mental game I’ve been playing to help me embrace reality, I wanted to see how much I could get done, like, truly and totally finish, in five minutes.

After five minutes, it looked like this:

Clearing the Dining Room Table in Five Minutes Better at #5MinuteFriday

And then I looked at the picture and saw the jacket. So I moved that, the last bottle of handsoap, my phone, and the packet of papers I realized we didn’t need to keep and it looked like this:

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In five minutes plus a few seconds. Really.

Go me!!

I’d love to hear about your five minute Friday tasks, or if you share pictures on social media, tag me @aslobcomesclean and use the hashtag #5minuteFriday so I can see it!!


5 Minute Friday Before and After Clearing the Dining Room Table Declutter with #5MinuteFriday at



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