Learn how to get rid of clutter and get organized with our easy-to-follow organization tips.
1. Dump the drawer our and decide what stays and what goes. Toss obvious trash and sort for duplicate items (like an extra pair of scissors and pens), put in a ziplock bag and store
in a closet.
2. Divide and conquer. Buy a premade organizer (or make one yourself by using old jewelry and check book boxes or Tupperware containers). You can even use an ice cube tray or the bottom of an egg carton for smaller items like paper clips and safety pins. Be sure to leave an open compartment for random items with nowhere else to go.
3. Corral your cords. Neatly loop each cord and insert it inside a toilet paper tube. Then be sure to label each tube to cut down on the confusion and make it easier to find your iPhone charger at a moment's notice.
4. Separate your papers. Clip each type of paper (receipts, takeout menus, coupons, etc.) together with a papeclip or clothespin. When you have a chance use business cards to populate your address book, then toss.
Disorganization may seem much easier than keeping a tidy home but as anyone who has spent an hour looking for keys or missed
a due date on a bill can tell you, piled up clutter causes a lot of work.
Here are tips on how to take control of the clutter in your house and banish the stress that comes with it.
1. Work from left to right. Put your to-do pile on the left side of your desk and place completed items, such as finished reports and signed permission
slips, on your right. That way, when you get up you can take the finished work and drop it off where it needs to go.
2. Make a “waiting on” pile. Need a reply from someone before you can move an item off your desk? Keep them in a separate pile; try putting documents in a clear folder so they stay stacked and you can see at a glance what's inside.
3. File it. Put other, less-important papers such as old bank statements and tax documents in folders, then store them in standing file cabinets.
4. Take advantage of wall space. To free up precious desk space, move papers that you want to keep handy—but that aren’t essential right now—to wall folders.
Get your dresser in order so you can grab what you need in an instant.
1. Reduce the contents of the drawer. Toss out any socks that don’t have a match or are faded or stretched out, as well as ones that have a hole that is too big to repair.
2. Install a drawer organizer. Pick up a multi-compartment organizer (we like the ones from ContainerStore.com). Pop paired socks into each of the sections to keep things tidy. The same technique can work wonders to keep your lingerie sets matched as well.
Streamline your daily routine for greater serenity.
1. Take inventory. Try to limit products to one body wash, one shampoo and one conditioner for you and your husband, and one of each for your kids to share. Store items you don’t use daily under the sink or in a linen closet.
2. Get a caddy. Use a shower organizer (check out the shower caddies at organizeit.com) to stow items you use every day.
Try these three tactics for managing your inbox.
1. Delete the trash. Scan your in-box. Report any junk as spam or move it to the trash. Unsubscribe from any newsletters you never read.
2. Handle what’s left. Answer any urgent messages. Leave ones that require more thought or those you want to look at later in your in-box to serve as a to-do list.
3. File everything else. Set up folders within your e-mail system for messages that don’t require attention right now but you want to keep.
Use these ideas to clear your wallet of receipts, coupons and gift cards.
1. Pare down. Put little-used credit and gift cards in a separate wallet. Throw out large frequent-shopper cards—just add the small versions to your key chain.
2. Set a routine. Every day when you get home, take a couple of minutes to clear everything out of your wallet and put its contents in the right place. Throw away trash, file receipts in the appropriate organizer and put coupons in your coupon wallet or binder. A daily check-in should ensure that your billfold stays neat.
Stave-off clutter all throughout your house with these simple-to-follow tips: