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slides: 9 Ways To Get Your Life Organized Starting Today

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

 

January is National Get Organized Month! Time to get organized, de-stress and de-clutter your way into 2013. Take a pad and pen and walk through each room in your home. How does the room make you feel? Anxious, overwhelmed, nervous, stressed, calm, relaxed? Write down what you what to change in the room. Make a plan to organize the rooms, closets, and cabinets in 2013. Mark it on the calendar as a reminder that you have to tackle it. You will feel revitalized, motivated and energized once the project is completed and organization has been restored!

Here are 9 tips to help you with your plan and get you motivated to just do it!

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Declutter

Aside from clutter and disorganization being an eye sore, it is also a distraction. Create a better flow and energy in your home by getting rid of anything that is weighing you down and is not aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Photo: Pottery Barn.

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Closets

Make a plan to take everything out of your closets twice a year when the seasons change.  Rotate your seasonal clothing.  Toss, donate, or sell anything you know you will not wear next season. If you don’t have the space, keep seasonal clothing stored in a seal tight bin under the bed or keep in a storage area; vacuum sealed bags work great if you are tight on space. Be sure your clothes are clean before you store them away for the season. Photo: Closet Factory.

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Kitchen

Take everything out of the kitchen that doesn’t belong there. Empty your pantry down to the bare shelves.  Clean and reload everything back in the cabinets according to categories. Keep like items together.  I guarantee if you haven’t gone through your pantry in 6 months, you will have expired food that needs to be thrown away.

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Basements

Tackle this once and for all. Throw out anything you haven’t used or don’t plan on using. Just because it’s the basement doesn’t mean it has to be a drop spot for everything. Organize, categorize, label, and itemize just like you would the rest of the house. Purchase seal tight containers for storing items. Photo: Home Depot.

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Drawers

Purchase drawer dividers for every drawer in your home. Having drawer dividers will maximize your space and items will fit better in drawers. You can have that junk drawer but who says a junk drawer has to be messy? Photo: California Closets.

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Mental clutter

Get everything out of your mind and onto paper/electronics.  Exercise, meditate, declutter and you will see things clearer.

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Lists

Make a list for everything. Have a list for any type of shopping, food, clothes, toiletries. How many times did you forget what you had to buy because you didn’t bring a list?

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Calendar

Utilize your calendar for everything. Write down your workout schedule, parties, appointments, bill due dates, etc. Refer to it often.

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Paper management

Make a plan to get rid of the piles in 2013. Get the piles off your desk, off the kitchen counter and out of the bedroom.  Develop a filing system and make it work for you. Photo: Modern Simplicity.

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Now's the time!

Most importantly, the key to having an organized home is having systems that work for you and your family.  Create routines from those systems to maintain organization.

Get organized in 2013 and reap the benefits of being organized. You will save money, have more free time, less stress, more energy and people will have more confidence in you!  Organize! Energize!

Kristin Carcieri-MacRae is the founder and owner of Organizing in RI. On January 12 she will be at Foster Library, January 13 at Providence Power Yoga, January 19 at Greenville Library, and January 22 she will be hosting a Girl’s Night Out at Village at Waterman Lake. More details on the Events page at www.organizinginri.com or on Facebook Organizing In RI.

 
 

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