Last week, we discussed why it is important to be organized, and how being organized positively impacts your health. This week, I am going to share some tips for getting organized, but also maintaining it.
- Sort and purge
The first step to getting organized is to pare down and simplify. I like to make three piles- one pile of things to keep, one pile of things to trash, and one of things to donate.
2. Categorize, categorize and categorize
I like to dump everything into a really big pile and sort it into piles with like objects. Then, store all the like objects together in a bin or basket…. and pop a label on it.
Make sure the label indicates exactly what’s in the basket or bin, and that nothing else gets put in to the basket.
3. A place for everything
Use some boxes, containers, or bins to corrall your newly “categorized” items. Make sure you have a specific place to put everything.
4. Regularly re-organize
Keep a regular “maintenance” schedule so you can make sure you’re staying organized. If something isn’t working for you, restructure it to meet your needs and then try again. Go through your bins and baskets regularly to correctly put away things that might have gone into the wrong basket. Throw away things you no longer use or need. Donate things that you don’t use anymore.
6. Pick up and put away
This is where we struggle in our home. When you get something out, return it to its proper spot when you’re finished with it. Grab a basket and walk around your home before bed each night, and pick up anything you see that isn’t put away. I feel a little silly writing that since it seems like a given, but it’s definitely something we struggle with here.
I hope you’ve enjoyed our tips for cleaning and organizing your home!
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