Everyone wants to be more organized but most of the time we’re just not sure what to do. It really isn’t as hard or overwhelming as it seems. You just need a few minutes every day along with a few guiding principles to help you along.
One of the things I learned many years ago was the word OHIO… yep like the state but what it means is Only, Handle, It, Once… makes you more efficient AND organized.
Below are are some easy do’s and don’ts for everyday organized living.
1. Don’t: Dump Your Mail…
Don’t dump your mail on the counter when you first walk in the door. It will continue to collect in piles and drive you nuts. Plus, keeping it unorganized also increases the odds that you’ll miss something important.
Instead: File and Review Mail by the Door
Find a helpful way to organize your important messages and keep track of things that need action. Try our handy organizer you can DIY to keep your mail from becoming a entryway eyesore.
2. Don’t: Put Things Away Without a Plan…
Try to avoid stuffing your drawers with random things like batteries, pencils, paper clips and other random bits. If you have a junk drawer that’s particularly prone to becoming overstuffed, it’s probably time to find a solution.
Instead:Find a Home or a Solution for Things
You can use simple household items like an egg carton to bring some order to an otherwise chaotic drawer. It’s a really great way to catch all of those little odds and ends that end up cluttering drawers in your office or kitchen.
3. Don’t: Let Piles Become Problem Areas…
That pile of frequently used items on your countertops doesn’t have to become an overgrown eyesore. Things like olive oil, salt and pepper or wooden spoons that get used frequently should stay on the counter but be placed into a tray or canister.
Instead: Add Trays and Canisters
Adding a few trays and canisters to corral your clutter keeps your counters neat and efficient. Remember, you don’t have to hide the things you need in order to stay organized.
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4. Don’t: Stuff Items Into Closed Storage…
Don’t try to cram your closed storage to the breaking point. It’s the first symptom of an organization issue that’s likely getting out of control.
Instead: Adopt a New Folding Strategy
If you’re dealing with overstuffed storage, try folding your clothes vertically. Now you can see everything, close the door effortlessly and be efficient with your storage space.
Here are some tips on folding clothes from the queen of organizing Marie Kondo
5. Don’t: Make Your Entryway a Dumping Ground…
If your entryway is the penultimate catchall for your busy family, you know how out-of-control things can get. If it looks like this, it’s time to make some upgrades to keep things tidy.
Instead: Outfit Your Entry for Organized Living
You can easily construct a high-performance entryway by adding a table and some containers to help catch everyday things like keys and sunglasses. Add hooks for coats and bags or some tall baskets to store umbrellas and other common clutter.
6. Don’t: Have a Haphazard Closet Strategy…
You’ll spend more time making a mess of your wardrobe if you just hang your clothes in the first available space. Packing your closet randomly also encourages you to spend unnecessary time hunting for the things you wear frequently.
Instead: Keep Your Favorite Clothes and Shoes Up Front
Make space in your closet to hang your favorite seasonal clothes toward the front. This keeps your favorites in reach and gives you a dedicated place to put them once you’ve finished the laundry.
When it comes to Shoes follow the same principle and here are some awesome shoe organizers that will not only tame your shoes, but double your space!
7. Don’t: Pack Your Shelves Completely…
An overstuffed shelf is not only unorganized but also unsightly. Packed shelves that see lots of use also become falling hazards so it’s never a good idea to stuff a shelf.
Instead: Create Some Breathing Room
Curate photos and collections to create an attractive, airy shelf that looks as good as it functions. Give the items on your shelves room to breathe and keep things grouped or neatly stacked.
Getting organized isn’t difficult but it does require a little discipline. Remember practice makes perfect or in this case the more you follow these rules, the more automatic they become.
Not only do all of these help in being organized you can see that they also help to reduce clutter!
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