Sometimes it’s easy to see organization as the preference of the type A, or the perfectionist, just wanting everything to have a place. But organization is so much more. Organization is a time saver, a structure that allows our minds to feel less cluttered and allow more than one person to easily navigate and clean a room. Creating and starting a plan is the hardest, most time-consuming part, yet it yields great reward.
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- The weekly check. The best organization is maintained often. By checking in weekly and realigning everything you save yourself from having to take a huge amount of time and start your system all over. Doing a little over time is a far better use of your time.
- Use height. This one is rather popular these days. If you lack good storage, install shelves, hooks over doors, or try bookcases. These keep clutter off your floor and they create a great look.
- Sometimes seeing things fit in a bin is just calming to the mind. I honestly don’t think it makes much of a difference, but it’s quite helpful to visual folks. So, if that’s you – dive in and try it!
- The transition bin/table. Organization often gets undermined at a specific point – when new things enter the home. Having a table for transitioning items is so helpful. It helps you see if you have enough space, allows you to clear out old items to make space for the new, and it helps you properly introduce it into the perfect place.
- Communicate your method and use signage. The best organization is shared. If you know where it goes but no one else does, that’s not as efficient as it could be. Communicating with your family and showing them all the organization stations and how they function before using them is so helpful. You can help kiddos succeed by using signs on your bins or color systems, so they can help and keep their own space organized as well.
- Have a laundry day. I must be joking, right? No, this is so helpful. It’s hard sometimes to have enough time to set aside to do all the household laundry but it really impacts your organization. Also, make it a point to put everything away the same day if possible. Enlist some help and you’ll notice a big difference in your organization.
- Have a mail station. Having a place to sort your mail keeps you paying bills on time and saves you from papers piling up. It also keeps everything in one place instead of having it strewn about everywhere.
- Have a monthly donation sweep. Clearing out is so beneficial for your organization. Plus it frees up space!