FOUR BASIC STEPS TO ORGANIZE ANYTHING
- Place items in one of three piles: TRASH/DONATE/KEEP
- Start small. One room or one pile at a time.
- Make quick decisions. Don’t dwell. If it’s unused or unwanted it must go.
CREATE A HOME
- Make a home for every item in your home. (This can help determine if the item is something worth keeping.)
- Keep items near where they are used. Filing system near incoming mail bin, school supplies near homework area, spices near stove, etc.
- Keep like items together. Baking supplies, holiday decorations, books by category (travel, cooking, finance…).
- Store frequently used items in accessible shelves/cabinets. Items used less frequently in high cabinets or in back.
- Labeling helps everyone know where items belong.
- Use inexpensive labels or masking tape. Just make sure it does not damage surface you’re placing it on.
- When items are labeled clean up is quick and easy.
- For cabinets with multiple items a quick reference list can be placed inside cabinet door.
- Create a quick and easy alphabetical file system to keep track of where items are stored.
- Delegate household chores. A little maintenance done each day keeps your home/office neat and tidy.
- Set a timer for as little as five minutes per chore/room for quick clean up. When the timer dings move on!
- Be disciplined. To begin a disciplined routine consider the “Make Your Bed” theory.