Initial Steps to Getting Organized

Getting organized doesn't have to be a chore. Below are a few simple steps you can initiate right now that will start you on your way.

*Begin with messes and clutter that you see every day. Organize your kitchen, garage, and family room before your hallway closet. Once you see how nice it looks, you will want to work on the hidden areas.

*Use drawer dividers for socks, underwear, lingerie, and tiny items, to keep them separated and organized. This works well for both silverware and office supplies too.

* Give everything in your house a place of its own. This way your family will know exactly where to find it and where to put it away.

* Establish one defined place in your house for storing library books, and end a house-wide hunt when it is time to read or return them.

*Hang hooks for your keys and purse at the entry to your home, so each time you walk in, you can hang them up.

* Set aside one basket for you and your partner for incoming mail, bills, and receipts and letters. This way everyone will know where these important items are when needed. Keep all important papers such as birth certificates, social security cards and medical insurance information in one folder.

* Get rid of things that are not needed any long. Expired coupons, old prescriptions, magazines you might get around to reading someday. All these take away space you could be using for items you do need and use..

You will free your mind to remember more important things like appointments and birthdays when you are organized. Be attentive about thoroughly cleaning once a month and you will find it much easier to keep up, week-by-week. An organized house does indeed help unclutter your mind.

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