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Smart Thinking Lifestyle Tips: Get Organized!

Posted Oct 24 2011 8:39am

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While the husband was off on a 3-day, 3-rounds-of-golf boys weekend for a friend’s 30th birthday, I got to stay home and do really fun things like switch the contents of all the closets in the house to make room for baby things . {Who came up with this deal?}

I have this weird thing where nice, clean, organized spaces literally calm and soothe me. Even looking at a picture of an obsessively organized space puts a smile on my face. Of course this meant I couldn’t just toss stuff in the new closet; I had to have it meticulously organized.

organized office space

So why is this a problem? No matter how much I love organized spaces, and no matter how happy they make me, I just can’t keep up with them. Somehow every room in my house eventually ends up a disaster zone. I blame the husband- mostly because he’s not here to defend himself. Winking smile

Since we already don’t like keeping things clean and tidy, I can’t imagine what will happen when we add a newborn to the mix. I can guess that picking up and cleaning won’t be high up on the priority list. It’s time to implement some new strategies- an all out preemptive strike against the mess.

Here’s a few organizing strategies I already use that actually work {most of the time}. Now I just need to figure out some for the rest of the house.

My top three strategies to keep an organized home:

1. Figure out what makes the biggest messes in your house. For us, it’s mail. {More like junk that comes into the house that we don’t want.} I had a nice little mail station set up in the kitchen as soon as we moved in, only it didn’t work. Our mail either never made it that far in the house, or it didn’t fit.

Solution? Build an all out command center as close the front door as possible. I cut down magazine boxes to create individual removable file sections.

mail center for organizing paper clutter

“Act” for things that need something done to them, like bills, “read” for magazines, “file” for things we need to save, and “taxes” because I set this up around tax season last year and needed somewhere to put all the important papers coming in. Winking smile

The rack below has baskets for coupons and samples. The grocery list is hanging on the door, so the grocery list and coupons are right in the same place when I’m walking out the door.

command center

There’s also all the supplies we need to mail things: stamps, envelopes, address labels, pens, and an address book.

And the most important part of the mail center? The recycle bin. Most of the mail gets directly tossed, so it only made sense to make it easy to get rid of.

 

The same strategy works for any room. In my bathroom, the culprit was my jewelry. Now my necklaces have their own space hanging on a bulletin board in my closet where I get dressed.

home organization tips

jewlery organization

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2. Keep like things together. Every extra step you have to take is an opportunity for something not to happen or get put away. One of the first things I do every morning is make coffee. Having the coffee pot, coffee, filters, sweeteners and mugs all within arms reach makes it easier to put everything back where it belongs. Plus, it saves a few precious minutes when you don’t have to walk back and forth around the kitchen opening cabinets.

kitchen organization tips

 

3. Bins and baskets. A great rule of thumb to keep your house organized is to put everything away as soon as you walk in the door. Sounds great, but what are the chances of that actually happening every time? Not good in our house. Instead, we have baskets or bins of some sort for all of the things that tend to accumulate.

Labeled boxes for the pantry to keep haphazardly tossed-in food in check.

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Baskets for the travel coffee mug lids we always seem to lose otherwise and for food samples like nut butters and greens powders that would otherwise litter the counter.

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There’s a basket as soon as you walk in the door for all the things you tend to drop when you walk in exhausted, like purses, shoes and umbrellas.

I won’t keep listing them, but there’s really baskets and bins everywhere- even in closets and bathrooms.

 

What are some strategies you use? Help me stay organized!

 

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