Did you know that an unorganized home causes physical illness? When you have to spend a long time looking for something because nothing is where it should be, it’s frustrating. Frustration equals stress, which actually causes all sorts of physical problems. A few very simple strategies will help you to organize your home and keep it that way. An organized home is much more peaceful than an unorganized one.
- Clean it all out. Go through each room and get rid of as much “stuff” as you possibly can. For example, you really don’t need 4 hairbrushes, your son is no longer into Mickey Mouse, and you can only use one pair of scissors at a time. Think about the last time something has been used. If it was in the last 6 months, keep it. Everything else can go in a yard sale or donation bin.
- Round file the papers. You don’t need to keep receipts for things not tax related. If you have grocery receipts from the last 6 months lying all over the place, you can get rid of them. For receipts showing proof of ownership of big ticket items like computers and furniture, put them in a shoebox labeled “receipts” and date it. If you have a lot of these, you can further categorize them in the shoebox in separate envelopes for electronics, toys, vehicles, etc. Also consider using something like Neat Receipts, which saves images of your receipts on the hard drive of your computer, eliminating the need for physical storage.
- Tackle your clothes closets. If you’re like most women, you have clothes in your closet in varied sizes. No one wants to get rid of that size 2 dress “just in case” you ever fit into it again. Unfortunately, it’s taking up space that could be used for things that fit well and look great. You can take it out, fold it, and put it in a garment box on a shelf to give yourself a little more room. Or, you can decide that after high school, size 2 is just not going to fit ever again, and donate or sell it. Either way, if you’re not wearing it, it really doesn’t need to be hanging in your closet.
- Purchase some storage bins. The Container Store has storage for everything you could ever think of, but you might want to check out Walmart or Target for cheaper items. Things like baskets, magazine holders, file boxes, and plastic totes will help you to keep track of things better. Items like this are also plentiful at garage sales.
- Touch everything only once. The problem most people have with organization is that they’re lazy. It sounds harsh, but it’s true. When you’re done reading the newspaper, put it in the recycling bin. Don’t just leave it there on the side table until you have a pile. Instead of leaving the laundry in the basket for later (I am so guilty of this one), put it away when it first comes out of the dryer. If you vow to touch everything only once, things won’t get overwhelming.
How do you stay organized? Any steps you would like to add? Comment below!
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