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31 Day Challenge: Day 16

Yesterday we talked about why order is a problem for us; today I’m going to list some possible solutions for you to try.

Ready? Here goes:

  • Make sure that everything in your home has a designated spot to be stored
  • De-clutter daily
  • Remember to put things away when you are done with them
  • Throw trash away
  • Make a decision with each piece of mail as soon as it comes into your home and put it where it belongs
  • Edit your possessions; how much of any one thing do you need?
  • Make things easily accessible by their point of use
  • Make things easier to put away than to take out
  • Store like things together in containers
  • Do not buy containers for organizing until you have cleared the space and measured it
  • Shop the house first for things you can use to contain your belongings. Repurpose things such as shoe boxes, cereal boxes, plasticware, and jars.
  • Don’t forget places like your refrigerator. You can buy containers meant for fridge organization or use your own.
  • Put small chunks of time to use clearing out a drawer or putting something away
  • Learn to multitask while on the phone or watching TV; you can also clear out a drawer, fold some clothes, or clear the clutter out of a room.
  • Get a safe deposit box at the bank or a fireproof box to hold important papers
  • File papers like warranties and manuals under the room the object is located. The paperwork for your new stove, for instance, would be filed under kitchen.
  • Designate a specific spot in your home for important papers like permission slips, tickets, etc. Add a container for them. No more lost items stored in a “safe spot”!
  • Check Pinterest for lots of great ideas for organizing
  • Remember that even great organization needs regular attention to keep it that way
Lacy Estelle

Lacy Estelle

Lacy Estelle is the writer of and the Podcast host for An ADD Woman.

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