We’re on day five of our organizing journey and though you’ve spent four days tackling your clutter, you may have some questions or uncertainty about the most efficient ways to go about the process. Today I thought I’d share some of my favorite organizing tips to help you out!
One-touch rule – If you pick something up, only touch it once! File it, recycle/trash it, or otherwise put it where it goes. Creating a habit with this rule will help you keep piles from growing and will save you time in the long run.
· A place for everything and everything in its place – Create a “home” for everything, including files, papers that need to be read and work that needs to be done, office/craft supplies, etc. Use things like filing cabinets, bookshelves, decorative storage boxes or baskets and magazine holders. Even a tray or small dish to corral things you might normally just toss on a desk or dresser can go a long way to making your space look and feel organized, uncluttered and put together.
· Be realistic about what you need – No matter how much you try to organize your things, if there’s just too much for a space to handle, you’ll never really get it under control. If you haven’t used something in the last year and have no immediate plans to do so, really evaluate if that item is worth hanging onto. Sell, donate or toss what you don’t need and as you get in the habit of that, you’ll find the simplicity of keeping only what you truly use and love to be so freeing!
· Organize for the function of the space – (Another way to word this is to “store it where you use it”.) Determine what each space in your home or office is used for and only keep the items needed for that function in that space. Likewise, if you have things that would be better used somewhere else, get them moved there. Don’t take up valuable storage space with something that would make more sense to store elsewhere. And you’re more likely to get something put away on the spot if you don’t have to walk across the house or upstairs/downstairs to do it.
· If it doesn’t work, change it – It takes using an organizing system for a bit to determine if it works, and when you find that it doesn’t, ditch it! Don’t put things away because you have to take a box off the shelf and remove the lid and then put it all back? Use an open basket instead. Forget to do work or pay bills because you can’t easily see them filed away? Maybe a clear acrylic desk tray would be a better fit. Decide what doesn’t work and why, and brainstorm other solutions. You may find that you can repurpose storage items in another space or function and find success with them there. But don’t keep fighting a system that isn’t working for you.
To help you out a little further, I’m attaching a 5×7 reminder sheet for you, my readers, that you can print for your own use! Go here to get your copy!
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