Have you finished your spring cleaning yet? Whether you have finished or not, you’re going to want to read this post. Sometimes, it’s easy to get ourselves organized. We love the feeling of having everything put together and everything in it’s own spot. The hard part can come in actually keeping it that way. So, I’m going to give you 5 tips to stay organized once you’ve got everything the way you want it.
- Be Willing to Say NO – When you can’t pass up a bargain, and you can’t say no, you bring more stuff into your house. This is how clutter adds up. Yes, I understand some things are important and necessary. I’m not saying no to those. But, take a few moments to think about whether you really need the item or not. Or, think about where you’ll store it if you do buy it. One doesn’t need 85 bottles of body wash, no matter how cheaply you were able to purchase it.
- If you MUST Have a Junk Drawer, Keep it to ONE – We all have that one drawer. No matter how hard we try to get rid of it, we end up with a drawer that has everything in it. The ever popular “junk drawer” if you will. Unfortunately, we can allow that junk drawer mentality into other areas of our lives, and before you know it, you’ve got junk drawers in every room of the house and junk boxes marked “miscellaneous” stashed in closets. If you must have a junk drawer, keep it to one drawer in ONE room. Be sure to clearly sort and mark everything else with labels for easy recognition. You can use these Discount Thermal Labels promo codes to save money on Epson compatible labels to aid your organization.
- Create a Dump Zone – Place a basket right inside your door so that as soon you walk in, you can corral all the stuff you don’t have time to put away immediately. In our house, we have a wooden crate labeled with “Random Crap.” It’s where I put everything from my keys to the kids’ field trip permission forms that need signed. The crate gets cleaned out every night. (Check out these promo codes from US Box Corp where you can find wooden crates and baskets from $2.46!)
- Spend a Few Minutes Decluttering Every Day – Set the timer on your phone or watch for 15 minutes each day, and spend that time organizing, decluttering, and keeping everything in it’s place. (Start with your Dump Zone mentioned above.) Just a few minutes every day can go a long way in helping you stay organized.
- Ask for Help – Don’t try to stay organized all on your own. If you’re the only one doing all the work, it’s going to be that much harder. Get your spouse and your kids involved in keeping things organized. Make the kids spend 15 minutes every night organizing their rooms before bed. It lightens your load, and helps your stress levels stay where they should be!