The messiness and clutter of different areas around the home can be demotivating and make one feel unproductive. I've got a feeling that if we can get things organized then we can find things easier, the house will be easier to maintain, and we'll be able to get more done.
So what's the plan of action?
- Every closet in the house.
- The kitchen cabinets.
- The laundry room/shelves.
- The entertainment center.
- Play rooms/areas.
- The garage.
- Donate clothes and shoes that haven't been worn in over a year.
- Recycle/shred non-essential mail that hasn't been needed in the past 3 - 6 months.
- Recycle magazines, newspapers and miscellaneous paper, that hasn't been needed in 3 - 6 months.
- Donate/trash old, unused CDs, DVDs and books.
- Donate or trash toys that have been outgrown, are rarely used or broken.
- Host a yard sale or sell items online if you have enough of the above to make it worth the effort.
- Every thing should have a specific place where it's stored.
- Group similar items together and tuck them away in the same place every time.
- Invest in storage racks, shelves, baskets, etc. that compliment your home and style.
- Storage containers can be expensive, so purchase items slowly over time.
I've purchased one basket as seen below every pay period. I needed five and am currently only in need of one more since I've taken this photo. Since adding these baskets, the space has definitely looked so much better and has been kept by everyone in our home, including our toddler.
Setting your house in order using these three easy-to-follow steps will result in a neat and tidy home that's easier to maintain. Organization such as this also makes the flow of activities in your home, such as getting out of the house on time or cooking a meal, feel smooth and efficient.
This is especially useful if you have toddlers in the home. Keeping a home neat and clutter free at all times with a toddler is not realistic. However, ridding the home of unneeded items and storing items, such as their art materials, toys, favorite DVDs, etc., in the same place every time easily becomes a habit that they too will form, if seen in practice often!
Feel free to use this technique in your work space as well. It's sure to make for a more productive work week!
Are there any tips that you'd add to this list?
Share organization tips that you've found useful in the comments.