7 Tips for Better Organizing

Posted by Colleen Kennedy on April 17th, 2010

Clutter seems to be the ‘it” word these days.  We all have it and we all don’t know what to do with it. Our closets are overflowing and our garages are a mess. Mail comes into the house it gets piled on the table. Clothes get thrown into a heap on the floor in the corner of the bedroom. I even have a drawer in my kitchen labeled “the junk drawer”. Something I learned from my mother. It houses everything and anything that I just don’t know what to do with but could possible use sometime in the near future. Screw drivers, nails, string, magnets, batteries, you name it. If it fits, it goes in the junk drawer!

It’s not easy getting organized, but I’ve come to look at it as a learning process and a matter of habit. Here are a few tips that will help you learn how to de-clutter and change your clutter habits! Being organized is an ongoing process. One step at a time and you’ll be clutter-free!

1. Store “Like” Items Together. Tools in a tool box (not the junk drawer!)

2. Store According To Use. Things you use often should be accessible and put within reach.

3. Store Items Near Place Of Use. BBQ utensils can be stored in a container near the BBQ.

4. Store Items “Up” Using Hooks and Shelving. Bikes, surfboards, seasonal items can all be stored out of the way, yet accessible.

5. Label All Containers!! I can’t stress this one enough. The beauty of being organized is saving time and energy. If you properly label your containers, you’ll do just that.

6. Make Project Kits. Cleaning supplies can be stored in a bucket. Art supplies can be stored in baskets.

Last but not least:

7. Categorize it! Containerize it! Label it!

If you have any great organizing tips you’d like to share, please leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

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