6 Outrageous Organizing Strategies
Everybody likes organizing strategies that are quick and easy. BOOM! DONE! Right? Just try one of these quick and simple strategies and see what a difference it makes.
Make it easier to put things away than to take them out.
Make it simple. If something takes two steps you are half as likely to do it, as something that takes only one step. Store toys in a toy box, instead of on a shelf. Easier to just throw items in the box. Use a crock on your countertop for cooking utensils instead of having to open a drawer to store them. Create a home for your shoes at the front door where you more likely to leave them (and find them).
Don’t buy storage containers until after you have purged.
This is a big mistake people make when they want to get organized. How do you know what to buy before you know what you are keeping? It’s so common. That’s why Target and Home Depot (and many other retailers) put plastic bins at the front of the store in January when everyone has the resolution to get organized.
Use containers as visual signals that it’s time to purge.
Storing temporary items together will show you when you have enough. The best example is magazines. Get a basket or bin to store what you’ll read and place it in your reading area. You know more will be arriving in the near future, so when the container is full, it’s time to purge. This strategy limits the amount of reading material you have without having to make decisions all the time. If you find yourself having to purge magazines all the time, then consider canceling a subscription.
Don’t have a junk drawer (or two).
Having no clearly defined purpose for any space makes it a clutter magnet. Name all your drawers with a purpose (or purposes). Call it the key and cell phone drawer, or the office supply drawer, or the make-up drawer. Then use that space for only those items.
Keep a donation box in your closet.
When an item doesn’t fit anymore or is too worn out, make the decision to get rid of it right then. Placing a box in your closet for such things gives them an immediate home and when the box is full, it’s time to visit a donation drop-off site. This strategy works great in kid’s closets since they out-grow clothing so quickly.
Place your most frequently used items front and center.
Again, simple is best. If you touch an item every day place it in a location that is convenient. Place less frequently used items further away from where you use them. The very top and very bottom of the kitchen cabinets should hold your less used items. Seasonal items (holiday decor, camping gear, etc) can be stored in the attic or deep in the basement. This is will allow you to make the most used space more efficient. We call this The Target Principle.Everybody likes organizing strategies that are quick and easy. BOOM! DONE! Click To Tweet
Which strategies will work for you? Try one and then another. Each strategy will save you time and money.