Wednesday, February 11, 2009
5 Steps to a Organized Home
By Grace Chen
If your New Year’s resolution is to get your home organized this year, you may be at loss as to where to begin. Here are some tips on how to get started de-cluttering your home and your lifestyle.
- Identify the Problem - In order to get organized you will need to know where your problem areas are. Everyone has a hot spot around the home that has a tendency to collect clutter. Top problem areas include paperwork in the home office, tools in the garage, house wares throughout the home, kid’s items, and food in the kitchen. If you can target these hotspots then your whole home will start to feel cleaner and more organized.
- Pick a Place To Start - If you try to tackle your entire home at once you are going to become overwhelmed. The best thing to do is pick one room and get started. Working one room at a time you can get the whole house organized.
Another great place to start is your home office. The paperwork in here often contains critical personal information, like bank statements, that you will need to be able to find later on. Get a few boxes and label each one, sorting as you go. File paperwork to save in one box, garbage in another, items that belong in other rooms of the house in a third. Once you have the mess picked up, you can go and organize each individual box by putting things in their proper place. Do this one room at a time until the entire home is done.
- Do a Little Every Day If you can clean up a little every day, you will help keep the mess from getting out of control. File bills and other paperwork as soon as they come in the mail. Wash the dishes every night after dinner. Put dirty clothes in the hamper as soon as you take them off, and put clean clothes away when they come out of the dryer. Help kids to put their toys away at the end of the day to keep their rooms organized as well. When you’re ready to really tackle the issue, clean out your closet.
- Give Things a Proper Place - Some items you need on a daily basis, and need to be able to find quickly. These include things like car keys, purses, cell phones, etc. Make sure that these items have their own personal spot and place them there when you are not using them. This will make it a lot easier to find them when you need them.
- Reduce and Recycle - Often, the things creating chaos in our homes are the items that we are currently not using but cannot bear to part with. These items need to be gradually weeded out. If you really don’t need 20 sweaters, reduce them down to your favorites and give the rest away. Items that you cannot bear to part with, try to repurpose them for something else – for example, those tiny baby clothes that your little one cannot wear anymore can be turned into a quilt for their bed.
Once you get organized, set aside a few minutes each day to keep things that way. Adding just ten or fifteen minutes into your routine to clean up will help keep the mess at bay
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