Organize Your Home: Getting Started.
Start where the results will have the most visible impact.
This should inspire you to keep on
keepin' on with the new organizing routine.
If you normally enter your home through the living room, tackle that room first.
Don't plan to make your first clutter-busting session a marathon. Instead, break down the job into small, manageable tasks.
You're more likely to tackle a smaller job than you are to allot an entire Saturday to decluttering the whole house.
Go around the room or target area, giving each item you encounter - furniture, pictures on the wall - careful consideration.
you can bear to live without it, put the item in the proper box or bag.
When your boxes or bag are filled, return displaced items to their proper rooms.
Then make an appointment with your favorite charity to cart off the giveaways, or take the initiative and haul them away yourself. (Be sure to get a receipt for tax purposes.)
Recycle, donate or toss broken items and those you don't use anymore.
If you're going the garage-sale route, check your calendar for a good
Saturday or Sunday in the weeks ahead and pencil in a specific date.
Transfer the items you'll be storing into sturdy filing boxes or bins.
advantage of trunks or large suitcases that are sitting empty in your
garage or attic.
Make sure each container closes tightly to keep out dust, insects, and moisture.
Label the containers so you won't have to open them later to know what's inside. For easier stacking, consider boxes of a similar size.
As your walls and floors begin to reappear, take a good look around the room and consider where the keepers belong.
Items should take up residence where they are most convenient for you, instead of where they are traditionally kept.
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10 Steps to a Cleaner Home
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The Shared Bathroom Schedule
10 Tips for Streamlining Kids Bedrooms
Long-Term Storage Tips
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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.