How to Get Organized - and Stay That Way!
Everyone struggles with staying organized. Clutter problems are so common that there are blogs, TV shows, stores, and companies dedicated to helping you organize your life and minimize your mess.
Harder still is keeping it that way after undertaking the time-consuming process of going room to room to clean, only to find that a previous room has started to become disorganized again. These few tips will help you hop off that organization roller coaster once and for all.
Sort What You Have
Clutter happens when you have too many possessions or too many things that are out of place. It’s hard to put things away if you don’t know what you have or where your items are.Take the time to sort your items, starting at one end of your house and moving to the other, one floor at a time. Don’t worry about cleaning or putting things away, just move items you know go in another room to that room to minimize the out-of-place clutter in each.Sorting what you own and putting it roughly where it goes will help you take stock of what you own.
Keep Like Things Together, Then Re-evaluate Your Quantities
Once your items are in the appropriate rooms, it’s time to group like things together. Grouping will help you see just how many of each item you have, allowing you to thin out and reduce accumulated extras.Have a box ready for things you don’t need, especially if they’re gently used and can be donated. Go through each category, keeping only what you need or use frequently, and part with the rest.
Be Honest with Yourself
One of the biggest clutter culprits is having or keeping things for the wrong reason. Holding on to gear for sports you no longer play, clothes you never wear, shoes that don’t fit, things that are broken, or stuff you don’t want takes up valuable space.Keep only the things you love, need, or must keep and separate out the rest. It might be tough to do, but your organization levels will go up exponentially. Better yet, you can donate your gently used items to give them a second life.
Give Everything a Place
It’s important to decide where to store the items you’ve chosen to keep. Use those spots — shelves, hooks, crates, baskets, cabinets, drawers, and closets, among other options — after you determine them. This will ensure items go back when you’re done using them, mitigating clutter before it can start.
Thin Out Regularly
Stay clutter-free by thinning your possessions out regularly. Shopping trips, gifts, work items, mail, books, magazines, cosmetics, and other things all add up over time, making it essential that you undertake the sorting process a few times each year.Keep your excess to a minimum, put things back where they go, continually donate what you don’t need, and you’ll be surprised at just how easy it is to keep your home clean, clutter-free, and organized.
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