household organization in 4 easy steps
The key to household organization is to create a place for everything in your home.
It should be no surprise that the secret to household organization is to take an orderly approach: Prune away the excess, stow what's left in logical places, and resolve to keep clutter from building up again.
Here's how to accomplish household organization in 4 easy steps.
1. deciding what to keep.
- Have I used or enjoyed this recently?
- Does someone in the family value this?
- Would I save it if there were a fire?
If you answered yes to one or more of the above, keep it!
2. deciding where it goes.
Place articles you've decided to keep in five bags or boxes labeled:
3. organizing the keepers.
Use these organizing principles for stashing the stuff you're keeping and that belong in other rooms:
- Create a place for every item.
- Store things near where you'll use them.
- Place least-used items on top shelves.
- Keep like items together.
- Corral small objects in baskets.
- Stack stored items in similar-size boxes to maximize space.
- Label each storage container.
4. controlling future clutter.
Make these strategies a part of your life to control clutter in the future:
- Place a catchall basket in your home's busiest rooms to hold keys, receipts, mail, and other items until you can find the time to organize them.
- Place baskets at the bottom and top of the stairs to hold things that belong on another floor; take one or more items with you when going up or down.
- When you bring home a new shirt, a kitchen knickknack, or a toy for the kids, resolve to store, recycles, give away, or toss another item that's past its prime.
- Make putting away playthings a part of your child's nightly bedtime ritual.
- Set aside 15 minutes each day to return mislaid books, magazines, cups, and so forth to their rightful homes.
- Spend an extra minute each night to hang up your coat, fold your T-shirt or sweater, put away your pants, and stow your athletic shoes in your closet.
- Keep your significant other current on important engagements, school information, bills due, and invitations to respond to, by putting the papers in a special folder or "hot-stuff" basket.
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About the Author
Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.