What Pinterest user DOESN’T have an Organization board? And besides cooking and gardening, organization is a top theme of home magazines. I’m constantly amazed at the great ideas. One thing’s clear: we are obsessed with organization.
Ask my friends and they will tell you – I’m a bit overly organized myself. Now, this doesn’t come naturally. I’m an artist at heart, and a Gemini. Because my mind’s all over the place, I’ve developed the art of organization as an important coping tool. I’ve found that the messier the insides on any given day, the more I appreciate and need some straight outsides. So, for you of the disorganized set, I’m sharing a few of my very own organization tips.
Like Goes with Like
I hear this all the time, but it’s true. Put pens together and group with other desk items, which should remain together. Either one desk station per room or, if you’re organizing your home, create one room as a home office. Stash computer accessories together. Photo albums. Candles. Linens. Everything has a space. Don’t be afraid to move things around until you find their home. You’ll always know exactly where to go to find things.
Make a Burn Pile
Or a shred pile. Yes, unless you’re outside of city limits, you probably cannot burn your trash. But a simple shredder just cannot keep up with my trash disposal needs and it’s not smart to throw away papers (bills, statements) with sensitive personal information. So, plan a burn gathering at a friend’s back porch chimenea or your next family campfire. And in the meantime, toss everything that’s not essential for your home and business record-keeping needs. Paper-free is the goal, here. Certainly not achievable 100%, but a great direction.
And move them out! Better yet, cut your subscriptions down or eliminate them all together! Unless you make collage or vision boards, what’s the use in keeping them? There are very few things you cannot look up online. No, you will NOT likely go back through those holiday stacks of old Martha Stewart magazines! Think dust mites! Think fire hazard! Think scary pack-rat reality shows and you just don’t want to head down that road! 🙂
Do a Sanity Clean
Each day, or most days, I set aside 20 minutes in the evening where I go around the house and simply put things in the room in which they belong. This is not a deep cleaning session nor a bill-paying hour. This is just time to walk around, send your piles of things some energy by touching them, placing things in the burn/recycle piles, fluff pillows, straighten throws, put things at right angles so you can see what you’re dealing with in the morning when you start your day.
Keep Your Pocketbook, Briefcase, and Car Clean!
I mean it — you cannot be efficient when the things you use most often are in shambles. Even my 13 year old is learning this – he organizes his backpack at least once a week and everyone is much happier for it! I use all those cute little zipper pouches I get as gifts and find at flea markets as holders for pens, change, makeup, receipts… The car has a little trash bag that’s emptied each time I get gas. Shoes come in the house when I get home at night. (How DO all those shoes get into the car?!)
The Art of the Tote
One day, when I’m famous, and I’m asked for my most valuable tool of success, I’ll say “the tote”. When I leave my house, I look like the bag lady. However, I have 5 jobs, one which includes a change of clothes. Each evening, I empty the totes or replenish. Each morning, I grab them up and lay them in the trunk of my car. I use totes for grocery shopping, gift giving, and returning friends’ Tupperware. If you want to give me a gift, a tote will do nicely. And they’re so easy to come by!
Maybe you have other simple ways by which you organize your life. We’d love to hear! Bottom line… get some, and tweak it until it works for you!