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slides: Organize + Energize: 8 Ways to Get More Time In Your Day

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Do you want more free time in your day, more money in your wallet, less stress and more energy? Get organized and you can have all this and more! Getting organized isn’t about clearing a spot once a month and making it look neat and pretty for the moment. Getting organized is about creating working organized systems that will keep you organized. The key is to create working organized systems that work for you and your family.

 Here are 8 tips to get you started in the process.

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Get rid of clutter.

Where there is clutter, items get lost, you forget what you have and you end up wasting time and money. You can’t start the organizing process until you declutter. To read more about how to declutter, go here.

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Keep like items together and categorized.

Don’t have like items scattered all over your home. No time will be wasted trying to remember where items are located. You will save money because you won’t be purchasing duplicate items. If you can’t find something, what happens? You buy another just like it only to find it hiding in a drawer months later.

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Have drawer organizers in every drawer.

Who says you can’t have a junk drawer? Organize with drawer organizers or dividers and maximize your space. Categorize and itemize.

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Organize your closets.

Go through your closets every season. Take everything out of the space you are organizing. You won’t know what is hiding in the back of your closet until you take everything out and evaluate what you own. You also can’t get a clear vision of the space if it is cluttered. Once the space is empty, you can create a vision of what you want to get out of your space and how you want to function in it. Every item in your closet should have a home. To read more about organizing your closets, go here.

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Organize your kitchen.

Hundreds of dollars are wasted when a kitchen is disorganized. Garbage bags full of expired food are thrown away. Get organized and stop throwing money away. To read more about organizing your kitchen, go here.

And for more info on a great kitchen organization event at the North Smithfield Library on September 25th, click here.

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Organize your bedroom.

Your bedroom should be the most serene, calming, and peaceful room in your home. Clutter and disorganization is the last thing you want to see before you go to sleep. Do you want it to be the first thing you see when you awake in the morning? To read more about bedroom organization, go here.

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Filing systems

Have a filing system for your bills and important papers.

Paper management is the #1 issue people have difficulty with when it comes to getting organized. Handle your mail right away. Toss, shred, file, keep or attach to your to-do list. It’s easier to spend five minutes with getting order back as opposed to spending hours on it months later. Create a filing system for important papers, bills, tax information, etc. To read more about handling your mail, go here.

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To-do lists

Keep daily to-do lists.

Keeping a to-do list will keep you on track for the week. You will know where you need to be and what you need to accomplish during the day. You will feel a sense of accomplishment as you cross off the list.

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Start small

Start with a small project like organizing a drawer. You can’t jump into a big organizing project if you can’t organize a drawer. Limit your project to 3 hours. I find that any more than 3 hours and people get overwhelmed, tired, hungry, and they lose focus. Focus and limit your distractions while you are organizing. Don’t leave the area you are organizing because you will get distracted and your project will take longer than planned.

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Don't stress

It’s ok if you have a crazy week and the house gets a little messy. If you have systems in place, it will take you half the time to straighten because you know where everything belongs and everything has a home. Once you are organized, you will reap the benefits.

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Kristin Carcieri-MacRae

Kristin Carcieri-MacRae, the founder and owner of Organizing in RI, has always enjoyed finding creative ways to streamline the environment around her. Kristin has appeared on air on www.talkstreamradio.com and Patricia Raskin's Positive Business Radio. Her articles have been published in the Rhode Island Small Business Journal and New England Home Life. Her CD, Organizing Basics, is a 1-hour guide for the person who wants to get organized but doesn't know where to start and is available at the following locations listed here. She is also available for organizing workshops.


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