10 simple organization tips
Whether you want to organize one junk drawer, a stack of papers, a single room, or your entire home, this 10-step plan can work for you. Laura Leist, organizing and productivity consultant and the founder of Eliminate Chaos, encourages you to try it in any (and every!) room of your home.
1. Dedicate time.
If you simply say, “I’ll get organized someday,” then “someday” will never come. You need to plan for this and schedule the time.
2. Gather supplies.
3. Establish a staging area.
If the area you’re working in is small, spread out to another spot where you can temporarily use the space for the next step.
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The goal is to sort things loosely into groups of similar items so you can begin to see the quantity in each group.
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5. Purge and eliminate.
During the sorting process, you will more than likely run across items you no longer treasure and that you can eliminate by donating, selling, recycling, or pitching.
6. Group like items together.
Most likely you started this already in step four. Now it’s time to be more specific about groupings.
7. Examine your space.
Is there enough room for what you are organizing? Do you need to take measurements so you can look for organizing products or systems?
And you thought you’d never get to this step! Time to shop for products or systems that will help contain your groups of like items. Don’t forget to take a list of needs with you, including measurements of spaces where products will fit or of items the products need to accommodate.
9. Install products.
This could be as simple as putting things in a new container or—slightly more time-consuming—installing a new closet organizing system.
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Devote the five to ten minutes it takes each day to ensure your new organization systems continue to work for you and your family.
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As you work through this process, establish a home for everything you have. Once you’ve done this, it’s important to review your new organizational systems with all family members. After all, you don’t want your hard work to go to waste. When you are finished, give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done or, better yet, treat yourself to something such as a movie, lunch with a friend, or a massage.
(Notice there’s nothing on that list that would add clutter!)
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