You probably know that being organized reduces your stress levels. There's less to maintain, less to clean, and you're less likely to lose things. So what's keeping you back? Most don't know where to start. There are hundreds of products that can help, and just as many solutions. So rather than confuse you more, let's start with the Five Basic Steps to Getting Organized:
- One In One Out - Being organized isn't about getting rid of everything and never shopping again. Shoes wear out, children outgrow clothes. You have to go shopping. But make it a habit of removing one item from your home for every new item you bring in. That way, you'll never accumulate too much.
- Just Say No - When someone tries to give you something, if you really don't want it or like it, then refuse it. You don't have to take furniture from your great-aunt's home if you have no need or space for it. You don't have to take the scarf your friend is cleaning out of her closet. The less you bring in, the less you have to care for.
- Clear It Out - The more you have, the more you have to care for. So clear out what you don't need. Get rid of kitchen appliances you never use, or coats you never wear. They're just taking up valuable space that could be occupied by something you love.
- Plan Ahead - Get ready the day before. Decide on your outfit, pack your lunch. Do the same for the rest of the family. Also, schedule time for yourself to take care of chores like filing or laundry. If you keep on top of things, they won't pile up.
- Deal With It - Take care of messes and problems when they happen. Clean up the spills, put away the laundry, sort the mail, etc. as it comes in. There may be a day or two where you don't have time, but if you've kept up with tasks all along, the piles won't grow too large to overwhelm you.
Keep this list posted in a place you'll see it as a daily reminder. It's really that simple.