Monday, January 9, 2012

Get Organized: Part 1

It's the new year and perhaps while packing away the Christmas decorations and recovering from the hustle and bustle of the holiday schedule you've noticed that things aren't as ship shape as they could be. Take some time this month and get organized! Here are a few tips (and resources) to help you tackle home organization.

1. Take a deep breath! Realize that you will not be able to organize everything in your life in one day. Plan which areas of your home you want to organize, and conquer one item at a time.

2. Purge! Get rid of things that you no longer use, need, or are just plain broken. (If you haven't gotten around to fixing it yet, you don't really need it.) Have a garage sale, donate them to Goodwill, or find a church that runs a community garage sale.

3. Turn all of the hangers in your closet around. As you wear clothes, rehang them the way you normally would. In June, any clothes that are on hangers that are still turned around should be gotten rid of.

4. Use wire cd racks to keep tupperware lids straight in the cupboards.

5. Use bread tabs to keep electrical cords labeled, and bread ties or zip ties to bundle excess cord.

6. Get creative! There are thousands of books, websites and blogs to give you ideas on ways to sort and store household items.

Websites:  - National Association of Professional Organizers

Library Books:

648.5 PLA 2010 What's a Disorganized Person to do? by Stacy Platt

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