Here are five organizing tips that are:
- easy to follow
- effective in most organizing situations
Tip 1: Create categories and group ‘like with like’
- We picked up the clothes that were lying jumbled on the floor and placed them on the bed for sorting.
- We sorted the clothing into separate categories: T-shirts, sweaters, pajamas, etc.
- As we were sorting, we decided on: keepers, donations, hand-me-downs, and fabric recycling (items that were damaged or socks that were missing partners).
Tip 2: Don’t be more organized than you need to be
Shoes were being stored in a basket. The system may not have looked beautiful, but it was working. We just matched up the pairs to make sure there weren’t any missing shoes, put shoes the winner had outgrown into the donation bag, and then put the wearable shoes back into the basket.
Tip 3: Know when to create divisions in large drawers
We created divisions in the large drawers. Being organizing means knowing where to find something when you need it (and where to put it away). While some sections are “neater” than others, what is important is that there is a system and organization.
Tip 4: Keep only essentials on your desk
A desktop is valuable work space. Keep only essentials on your desk: don’t waste time looking through piles of clutter for things you need like calculators, pens, pencils, notebooks, worksheets, etc.
Tip 5: Assign “homes” and add labels
After you have grouped and sorted the items and decided what you are going to keep:
- Find a “home” for each group. Examples of “homes” include shelves and containers.
- Label these “homes.” A visual cue is a valuable organizing tool.
Photo credits: © Paula Berman Organizing