Behind losing weight getting organized comes in at a close second for New Year’s resolutions. If this is one of your promises you’ve made for your home here are the top tips from a habitual organizer.
Don’t dump the mail: Managing the mail immediately is a fundamental principle to an organized home. Set up a central mail station where letters and packages get sorted out. Have a bin to recycle junk mail and place bills and other important correspondence into an action spot.
Containers don’t equal organized: Resist the urge to invest in a lot of fancy containers which only moves the mess into a plastic bin. Start your organization journey with three baskets: one for items to keep, items to toss and items to donate. Only after you’ve done this exercise figure out a way to store the items your keeping.
Keep counter tops tidy: Corral frequently used items like wooden utensils and olive oil on a tray or canister to keep counter tops junk free. Anything that is not used daily should be found a home or tossed.
Have junk drawer strategy: It’s time to find a solution if you have drawers stuffed with batteries, pencils and even worse bills. Drawer organizers come in handy to keep things tidy. Be sure to follow the keep, toss and donate rule when cleaning your drawers out.
Manage your closets: It’s easy to ignore your closets since you can just close the door to the mess. Start with tossing what you don’t need and dedicating a place for what your keeping. Add shelves or hang rods to tame the chaos and organize the things you use and wear the most to the front so that your not constantly upending the all the hard work you’ve done.
Create a plan: Staying organized is a habit and takes time to master. Schedule time to tackle one organizational challenge either daily or weekly, depending on the scale, and pretty soon you’ll be able to keep at least one resolution.
Mr. H says: With organization comes empowerment-Enjoy!
Getting organized is a bandied about term for many in the new year but what does that truly mean? There are hundreds of internet sites with helpful tips on getting organized by hanging peg board and buying baskets that while effective may not get to the root of your disorganization. Stocking up on organizing products will not equate to an organized home. The goal of being organized isn’t about neatening up but to creating a organized foundation for your home life.
Critically assess each room and figure out why the disorganization and mess are happening. Dishes always piled in the sink may be that no one wants to unload the dishwasher since the cabinets are so cluttered. By organizing the cabinets first, you’ll find that it is easier to keep the dishes out of the sink.
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Clear away surface clutter. Cluttered tables and floors make an entire room feel disorganized and can even alter how you feel and live in your space. There is little room to prepare a snack let alone an entire meal in this kitchen. Pare down to the essentials and toss, recycle or donate any items that you haven’t used in a long time.
Find a place for everything. Most often, items pile up since they lack a home. Set up a system to keep like items together, say candles for instance. Keep candles and lighters together for easy access. Returning items to the same location makes keeping an inventory easier thus preventing duplicate purchases.
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Hold off on container shopping. Clutter victims often think the solution to getting organized is to stock up on containers and bins. Shop for storage items only after you have an understanding of the specific problem, have tossed the inessentials and have formed an appropriate solution. If the bins are hard reach or are not appropriate for what is being stored they will be ineffective and add to the chaos.
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Start Small. If the thought of organizing your entire kitchen is overwhelming start with the pantry or even one drawer. Be sure to schedule enough uninterrupted time to de-clutter and organize. You’ll most likely need more time than you think.
Have one getaway. If organizing your entire home is an impossible task, create at least one getaway to recharge from the chaos. Consider ways that your bedroom can inspire rest and rejuvenation on a daily basis. Going to sleep and waking up in a well organized, clutter free space will put you in an improved mindset to tackle a busy day.
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Mr. H says: For every minute spent organizing an hour is earned-Enjoy!