• 4 Tips for Organizing Anything and Everything

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    1. Drawers, shelves, and cabinets – in that order. Put things into drawers and put those drawers on shelves and/or in cabinets. I’m not even kidding. Back in the day, I had a huge, walk-in closet with Tupperware containers stacked almost to the ceiling. Sure, everything was neatly labeled, but do you have any idea how much of a pain it was to find anything in that closet – and when I finally did find whatever it was that I was looking for, do you want to take a guess how difficult it was to put everything back again? Do yourself a favor and invest in storage that doesn’t involve unstacking and restacking it every time you need something.

    2. Keep a container of some sort in each room or at least on each floor to store things that need to get put back where they belong. Upstairs, that might mean a tote for books and toys that need put away. Downstairs, maybe it’s a basket for the odds and ends that you and your husband would otherwise leave on the counter or table. Either way, make a point of picking up everything that’s out of place each night before you go to bed and putting it away. You’ll thank yourself later.

    3. Go paperless – at least as much as possible. When the kid’s bring paperwork home from school and/or daycare, take care of it immediately. Create a place to store the papers and projects that you want to keep, but remember that you can’t keep everything. Go through the mail as soon as you bring it in and pitch anything that’s junk. Keep only what you need to. These days, you can do almost everything online. There are a number of bills that I never see paper copies of anymore. I get an email when the account is updated and I just log in and pay it.

    4. Keep clutter to a minimum. It’s so much easier to maintain when there’s less overall. Leave fewer things out. It’s less you’ll have to dust. Keep things hidden – baskets with lids, bookcases with doors, etc. It’s so much easier when you’re not constantly moving things to clean around them. Right now, we keep most of our smaller appliances in one of the kitchen cabinets when we’re not using them. The only things that are out on the counter are the microwave and the toaster oven. I apply the same rule to just about every room in the house.

    These are just a few of the things that I try to do on a consistent basis to keep things as organized as possible around here. Do you have any tips that you use to keep things organized? Share them in the comments.

    Written by: Cristi Wuenschel

     

     

     



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