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Tips for Organizing

Tips on organizing your lifeDid you know that of what we keep 80% we never use? We only wear 20% of the clothes we own and the other 80% we keep just in case we need them one day. One quarter (25%) of adults admit to paying bill late because they can't find them.

If you have piles of papers, mayhem mornings, or you can't find your car keys? Here are some helpful tips for organizing your family and home.

Tips for Organizing - Starts With the Mind

On of the biggest tips for organizing is that it begins with a mindset. You must start by believing that you can become organized. You must have the want to be organized. Once you believe it, then you can maintain organization on a consistent basis.

Decide What Does Organizing Mean to You?

Everyone is different and organizing means different things to different people. Organization to you may mean that there is a home for everything, things are accessible at your fingertips, but out of sight. Alternatively it may be that you still have piles of paper, but they are stacked in a specific place stacked in specific categories.

Great tips on organizing that help you determine what it means for you, includes asking yourself the following questions and writing the answers down:

  • What is working for me in this room?
  • What is not working for me?
  • What are the items that I absolutely need?
  • What is the reason for my need to get organized?
  • Why is it that I am disorganized? What specific actions cause the chaos?

If you live with other members in your household, include them in the above process. Ask them what organization means to them. Opening up a discussion with your spouse and/or children gets their input on how they want their home to be collectively organized and in the end you will get better results if you have buy in from all members. Communicate to family members that it's their responsibility to mind their own messes. For example, if you take it out, put it back; if you open it, close it; if you throw it down, pick it up; if you make a mess, clean it up, etc...

Set Your Organizational Goals

After going through the questions above, you need to write down your organizational goals. Make a room-by-room list of what you want to accomplish in a set time period, such as: the next eight weeks . A list for your family room, for example, could include alphabetizing DVDs, collecting magazines and designating a space for the remote. By listing out the goals for each room, you'll remove some of the stress of trying to accomplish the tasks all at once. Also, you'll have the satisfaction of checking off tasks as you complete them, which is a great motivator to keep going.

Tips on Organizing - Make an Overall Organizational Plan

Once you have analyzed your intent and determined your goals, you then need to make an organizational plan. Decide more specifically what do you want to accomplish by becoming organized? Do you run a business at home and want to be more efficient and productive? Do you have a big family and want to ensure all the household chores are done? Are you selling your home and want to make sure that it is as organized as it can be to help get it sold faster?

Doing this will help you determine what organization techniques you should use also the types of organizational products you need. For example, if you are manage a home business then you will want an organized home office. You may purchase a portable wire or plastic shelving that will hold your important documents and office supplies. The last thing you want to do is have an important client call and you can't find their information because of clutter.

Don't try and do anything without a plan. It doesn't have to be a big plan...just keep it simple.

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