It is January and we all tend to reflect on the past year and then more importantly our New Year’s goals. Simplifying and getting organized usually tops the list!
First, how do you know where to start? Start small! Break down projects or areas to small doable tasks. Write those tasks down in your schedule. It’s always good to start in an area that will make a big difference; an area that bugs you or an area that you use every day.
Here are a few simple steps to help make that first organizing session a success.
If you don’t love it or use it, it’s clutter!
Toss the trash and group the donates together and clear everything that doesn’t belong.
Give what’s left a home close to where you use it and the more you use it, the more convenient it has to be. Give it a great container that has a little room to grow.
Here are a few great containers or organizing products that I love to use. (The first few are favorites with a new twist!)
All Access Organizers- When I go into client’s home and see a stack of bins, I usually see a pile around the stack. Let’s face it, it is hard to put something away in the bottom bin and when it’s hard you don’t do it. Hence, the start of a pile. Not anymore with All Access Organizers, you can easily open a front panel and no more piles!
Bento Bins- These are decorative bins that you can use anywhere in your home. The twist is the built-in dividers that flip out from the corners when you need them. Brilliant!
I love Over the Door Shoe Holders in every room! They hold gloves, hats, toiletries, office supplies, Barbie’s and shoes! The twist is bigger pockets. Using the usually wasted space on the back of the door to hold those larger items is a great way to gain space.
Another win is a behind the door jewelry organizer. Who doesn’t need a full length mirror and what women doesn’t need to check the finishing touches like your jewelry? Now you can combine both; a mirror that opens to store a ton of jewelry. I love the double duty!
Another fashion statement (and necessity) we have this season is boots. There are boot shapers to take care them but they can be hard on the budget. I love this cheap and easy idea. Use the summer swim noodles and a serrated knife. Cut the noodles to the desired length, insert them in your boots and you have a cheap and easy way of take care of the boots that you depend on to take care of your feet.
Being organized is all about being able to find what you need when you need it. That is made easy with FileThis. This tech solution fetches your statements and puts them where you want them on your computer. I know it’s January but April 15th will be here before we know it. With FileThis, there is no more hunting for statements. They are all in one place and organized!
Here’s wishing you’re a happy, healthy and organized 2015!
National Clean off your Desk Day is always the second Monday of January. Hopefully you marked your calendars last year and were prepared! Make stacks, put like items together and clean off your desk! Remember to recycle what you can, shred what you need to and make simple files for what is left. Less paper and less clutter means less stress!
Papers piling up? The next NBC4 Shred-it Day is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at The Ohio Expo Center in the parking lots closest to Crew Stadium. Perfect timing to get all of your old tax documents out of the file to make room for the new. Since the first NBC4 Shred-it Day, 2,128 tons of personal documents have been shredded and recycled and $96,170 has been raised for Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
It is our activities and adventures that we remember and make us feel good, not our possessions. Our belongings create chores and responsibilities. The more we have, the more we have to take care of. I know from working with clients that suffer from too much clutter that physical clutter also creates mental clutter. Think of it this way; it is hard to tackle a big project when your workspace is already full of stuff. The same applies; it is hard to be creative, happy or calm when your head is full of stuff!
Bottom line to create a space that is comfortable, warm and welcoming you need to have only those items that you love and use. The rest is clutter! That means the well meaning, tacky gifts that you have received and the inherited picture that you have moved a hundred times because you just don’t like it. You have permission to let those items go to a good home that will love them! Take advantage of donating, selling, and even discarding. Sometimes you have to use the path of least resistance to make the process easier for you.
Once you have those things you love and use, you need to give them a specific “home”. That makes maintaining easy. You don’t have to make a decision every time you put something away. You know where it belongs! Decisions are hard, so make them once and you’re done! It also saves you time and money when you know what you have and where it is! The average person spends an hour a day looking for misplaced items. When you can’t find it or give up looking, you spend time and money purchasing a new one. Once you are organized, take comfort in the fact if you have a crazy, busy week and don’t have time to maintain. Once life calms down, it is easy and quick to whip back in shape!
Don’t wait for the perfect time to start. Start today with scheduling short, consistent timeframes. A timer can be your friend! If you are working for sixty minutes, set the timer for forty five. Those last few minutes at the end of each session is the time to deal with all of the displaced items. Make sure to stop at the end of the session so you look forward to your next time.
Now, be happy in your comfortable, warm and welcoming space and enjoy the process!
National Clean off your Desk Day is always the second Monday of January. Hopefully you marked your calendars last year and were prepared! Even if your didn’t, it is not too late. Make stacks, put like items together and clean off your desk! It will make you feel less stressed and seem like you have less work if you actually see your desk instead of papers lying around.
National Clean off your Desk Day is always the second Monday of January. Mark your calendars now and set a reminder! Maybe you can start doing little things now to help clean off your desk and get organized with out missing a beat!
I know it may seem like making lists isn’t for everyone; but why not? Check out the NAPO-Ohio Blog to learn how to make lists work for you!
NBC4 (WCMH-TV) and Shred-It will partner for a 10th year to provide free document destruction to the public. NBC4 Shred-It Day is Saturday, October 5th from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. located at the Schottenstein Center’s Buckeye Parking Lots. There is a maximum of five boxes that can easily be picked up by an average person. Boxes must be closed, taped shut or have lids. No bags accepted. This event is for private consumers only, no businesses. For more information, a list of what will be accepted and some frequently asked questions, please visit NBC4i.com. This is the perfect way to clear your clutter and safely get rid of sensitive papers.