Organize + Energize: Creating Systems in the Home
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Here are 10 tips to get started:
Create a purpose for each room. From the spare bedroom, to the basement, every room in your home should have a purpose. Even if the spare bedroom is used only when guests come over, it shouldn’t be a drop spot for random items when it’s not in use.
Keep like items together in one spot. Don’t have items scattered all over your home. When you go to search for something, you will find it in no time. No time will be wasted trying to remember where things are located. You’ll also save money because you won’t have to purchase duplicate items because you forgot where you placed an item.
Filing systems for paper. Have a system to process paper and mail. Handle it right away. It is easier to spend five minutes with it initially than to spend hours on it months later. Having filing systems in place will allow you to have a home for your paper so it doesn’t end up thrown all over the home.
Utilize drawer organizers. Using drawer organizers will maximize your space and create more room for other items. Use drawer organizers in every drawer in your home or office. You’ll find items quickly without any time being wasted. Don’t forget to measure the height, width, and length of your space before you purchase these items.
Get rid of clutter. When there is clutter, items get lost, you forget what you have and you end up buying duplicate items and wasting time and money. Having systems in place will eliminate the headache of trying to find items in the clutter.
Go through your clothes closets every season. Make a plan twice a year to take everything out of your closets and take inventory. Every item in your closet should have a home.
Prepare for the week ahead. Every Sunday have a system to prepare your meals for the week. Get your outfits ironed and ready for the week. Prepare anything you can ahead of time to save you time during the week.
Keep a daily to-do list. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment as you check items off the list.
If you have children, get them organized. The house will run smooth when everybody’s organized. It’s never too early to teach your children about getting organized. Let them participate in the process and set up the systems with you in their bedroom and/or toy rooms.
Less is more. Keep it simple. Enough said. The more complicated the system you create, the more likely it is to fail. Keep your systems simple.
Start by organizing one room at a time. If you tend to get overwhelmed easy, start with a plan to declutter and organize a drawer and ease into the organization process.
Remember, when creating systems, the systems have to work for you, not your neighbors, relatives or friends. You and your family have to function with this system. Evaluate your systems on a regular basis. If the system isn’t working, tweak it to make it work better for everybody.
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Flip flop organizer
How many flip flops do you own? Are they thrown all over the closet floor? How long does it take you to find a match to one of them? Bed Bath and Beyond has a $9.99 flip flop organizer that holds 6 pairs of flip flops and hangs nicely in your closet. This is a must-have if you have more than 5 pairs of flip flops. I’ve purchased these for my clients and they work great!
You love your scarves, but it takes you forever to locate one and you have to throw 5 around to find the one you are searching for. Use a scarf organizer and you will be able to see all your scarves and find them at a moment’s notice. Bed Bath and Beyond has a few different types of scarf organizers, including this one for $9.99.
Did you know people who didn’t own shoe racks were 7 times more likely to show up late for an event? Are your shoes in piles on the floor? Get them off the floor and contain them in a shoe rack. There are many options out there, like this one from Bed Bath and Beyond. Choose the shoe rack that is going to fit what you need to hold and fit in the space you are working with.
How are you storing your handbags? Are they stored all over your closet? Are they in bins or crumpled up on the floor? It’s time to organize your bags. There are many options depending on the space you are working with. You can stand them up on a shelf, you can hang them, or if they are small, you can store them in a canvas bin. The choice is yours. Think about how you function and develop a system from there.
Baseball cap organizer
How many baseball caps do you own? How are they organized in your closet now, and how long does it take you to find one? The Container Store (pictured here), Bed Bath and Beyond, and other stores sell this baseball cap organizer. I have a few clients that have purchased them and they love them!
Function over flash
There are many variations on these products. Choose the product that is right for you. There are some organizing products I would never use, but other people might choose to use them. Choose the one that is going to be the most efficient and productive product for you and your family. Don’t choose a product because it’s pretty, choose it based on functionality. Search online for different products before you rush out and purchase a product. You may find that one store is more expensive than another. Don’t forget if you are going to Bed Bath and Beyond to use their 20% off coupons. If you don’t want to purchase these items, get creative and re-purpose items around the home, or make your own!
Kristin Carcieri-MacRae, the founder and owner of Organizing in RI, has always enjoyed finding creative ways to streamline the environment around her. She has appeared on air on Patricia Raskin's Positive Business Radio and her articles have been published in the Rhode Island Small Business Journal and New England Home Life. Kristin's CD, Organizing Basics, is a 1-hour guide for the person who wants to get organized but doesn't know where to start. She is also available for organizing workshops. Tune into her weekly radio show, Organize, Energize! on Mondays at 8:30am on www.talkstreamradio.com.
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