Today I have 5 tips for organizing that are designed to help keep you organized. After all the work you’ve done clearing out the clutter and getting yourself organized, you want to stay that way. The key to maintaining that organization is discipline. These tips for organizing that I’m sharing with you today, are just a few of the ways you can help keep the clutter from building up again. Getting rid of the clutter gets rid of the stress that goes with it and allows you to have more time to spend doing something you love. That’s the reward you get for being organized and staying organized!
Tips for Organizing
1 When you bring in the mail, sort through it right away over the garbage can or recycling bin. Separate according to what needs to be recycled, tossed, shredded, paid or filed. Then put them in the proper spot. Don’t give the mail a chance to pile up. It makes countertops, tables and desks look messy.
2 Think twice before you bring home pamphlets and brochures. Only do so if you plan to use the information right away. If you can, read them on the spot and write down any contact names and numbers you may need.
3 Don’t allow a collection of magazines to get out of hand. Designate a place to keep them and set aside a time to read them. Once you have finished with them, pass them on to a friend or donate them to the library or a hospital.
To find out how to make this DIY magazine rack, go to This Old House.
4 You don’t have to keep every gift you are given. If it’s not something you love or plan to use, it’s okay to give it away. Otherwise, it just becomes clutter.
5 Make sure all your belongings have a home. When you’re not sure where to put something, it stays out and then becomes clutter. Find a place for everything and put things back when you’re done with them.
They say it takes about 21 days for a behavior to become a habit; that’s not very long. That means in just a few weeks you could be doing things to keep your home clutter-free without even thinking about it. For more ideas on things you can incorporate into each day to help you stay organized and ahead of the clutter, read my post 5 Daily Routines to Keep You Organized.