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 Ten Signs You Need to Get Organized

1.  You have no idea what is buried in that pile, box, drawer or cabinet.
Quick Solution:  Go through each area thoroughly. Throw out what you no longer need, remove the items that do not belong, group similar items together and make sure each remaining item is clearly visible and/or labeled for easy access.

2.  You are always looking for a lost item.
Quick Solution:  Designate a permanent place (example: in a basket, in a drawer, on top of a desk) to store the item you are always losing and make sure to place it there whenever it’s not in use.

3.  You are running out of space in your home.
Quick Solution:  Throw out items you are no longer using, utilize hidden storage areas (such as underneath the stairs), hang items and stack more items in a vertical position rather than horizontally.

4.  You see clutter piling up everywhere around you. 
Quick Solution:  Tackle one area and/or pile at a time.

5.  You have no spare time.
Quick Solution:  Schedule it in.

6.  Your schedule is very hectic.
Quick Solution:  Prioritize your schedule.  Combine errands so you aren’t making as many trips.  Stock up on items to help prevent last minute trips to the store.

7.  You are consistently late for appointments.
Quick Solution:  Start your daily schedule 15 minutes earlier and give yourself extra time to account for unexpected delays.

8.  You are not meeting your financial goals.
Quick Solution:  Layout your entire financial picture on paper (include income, expenses, debt, investments, future goals, etc.) and evaluate what needs to be changed.

9.  You are feeling stressed.
Quick Solution:  Schedule in some “me time” and take that time to relax.

10.  You purchased an item again simply because you couldn’t find the original one.
Quick Solution:  All items in your home should have a designated storage place.  If you have an item that does not have a designated storage place, choose one for it.  Label all boxes with all contents inside and any item that is not packed away in a clearly labeled container should be kept visible at all times.  

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 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Organizing 

1.  Purchasing organizing products prior to assessing your organizing needs.
          *  Clean, purge and sort your items before you purchase any organizing product.

2.  Creating an organizing system before assessing if it will work well for everyone.
          *  When setting up any organizing system, talk with all family members to find out what their wants/needs are regarding the new system.  Once the system is in place, if it does not work for everyone, adjust it until it does.
3.  Keeping something you will never use out of guilt.
          *  If you no longer use the item, no longer want the item or are only keeping the item because it was a gift – it’s time to toss, donate or sell the item.
4.  Starting a project you cannot do alone.
          *  A
void project burnout and ask for help in advance.  Assign tasks to each family member (create a chores sheet if necessary), hire a professional or have a friend help you.
5.  Not setting enough time aside to complete the project.
          *  If the mess took months to accumulate, you’d better plan on setting more than one day aside to get it all cleaned up.
6.  Setting your goals too high.
          *  Be realistic when setting your goals.  Don’t expect perfection and be happy with what you are able to accomplish.
7.  Choosing an organized look over a well-functioning system.
          *  Having an organized area that looks great is wonderful but if it doesn’t function well it’s not going to do anyone any good.  When necessary choose function over aesthetics. 
8.  Not having a goal when starting your project.
          *  Organizing a space can be a lot more productive and rewarding if you have a goal in mind before starting your project such as……. clearing the counter off so you have more work space, clearing out a closet so it’s easier to find things and make room for new purchases or create a family budget so you can make the most of your family finances.
9.  Not having boxes and/or bags nearby when you are clearing out an area.
          *  When clearing out any space always have three boxes and/or bags nearby labeled “Toss”, “Donate” and “Sell”.  Immediately place any unwanted or unneeded items into these boxes/bags when cleaning out any area of your home.  This will prevent random items from piling up that you will have to deal with later.  Getting rid of items immediately also lets you concentrate on the items that are left.
10.  Not prioritizing your tasks.
          *  Create your “To Do” list and choose the most important item first, that will make the biggest difference.  The more positive results you see, the more you will be motivated to continue your “To Do” list.

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 Find the Motivation to Get the Job Done

      When trying to improve any area of your home, work space, finances or life in general, it’s best to remember why you wanted to improve it in the first place.  Some reasons may be to; create more living space, tidy up an area in your home, find more time in your schedule, reduce stress, find a way to save more money, etc.  Once you have established the reason, use that to motivate you while getting the job done; and keep these hints in mind to help you get it done quickly and effectively…….

     *  Schedule a time and a realistic deadline for accomplishing the task at hand and make sure to take time to enjoy what was accomplished.  If you did not finish the job within the time frame you set, reschedule a time to finish it another day.

     *  Create your “To Do” list and tackle one item at a time, starting with the most important tasks first.

     *  Take it one small step at a time.  Start with one drawer, one shelf, one area, etc.

     *  Avoid distractions by letting people know you will not be available during that particular time and schedule in a separate time for phone calls, checking emails and anything else that may distract you while working.

     *  Schedule in break times to recuperate and reenergize.

     *  Acquire any help needed to complete the task.  Have family or friends help you or hire a professional if necessary.

     *  Don’t expect perfection.  Instead focus on a goal of improvement based on the best of your abilities.

     *  Make it fun.  Play music, invite friends that are fun to work with and/or give yourself a small reward for each task accomplished.

     *  Challenge yourself.  Throw out five glasses or mugs no longer used,choose to only save ten of your favorite items out of an entire collection or find a way to stretch your family budget to save $100 or more a month.

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Product Recommendations, Places to Donate Unwanted Items OR to purchase a copy 
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 Finding Storage Space

It doesn’t matter how small or large your home is, storage can be a problem in any home.  After you have purged everything you no longer want or need, place all items in the correct rooms and put as many items away as possible.  If you still have items lying out and not enough storage space to put them away, try these space saving ideas to help you find the storage space you need.

  • Hang it up:  Use hooks, hangers, hanging organizers, corkboards, pegboards, hanging baskets and back of the door hangers/organizers to hang as much as possible. You can also hang items such as coffee cups, wine glasses, bananas and more underneath your cabinets.
  • Inside cabinets and shelving:  Use adjustable shelving wherever possible; in any room where shelving is needed, underneath stairs, in between studs in walls that lack drywall, etc.  Consider stacking items vertically, hang items underneath shelves or add a small shelf on top of your existing shelves to raise items to a higher level.
  • Back of the door:  Hang shoe organizers, coat hangers, bath towels and shelving on the back of any door.  Hang hand towels, bags holders and post information on the inside of any cabinet door.   Hint:  When posting more than one page of information, place one on top of the other for easy viewing. 
  • On the ceiling:  Hang items in between open rafters.  In the garage; use an extra deep hanging shelving unit for extra storage space.
  • Underneath:   Utilize the space underneath furniture such as a bed, couch, and more.  Under the stairs is also a great place for an extra set of shelves. 
  • Inside furniture:  Purchase furniture that has hidden storage compartments.
  • Stack items vertically or horizontally:  Consider placing items a different way.  Examples:  Stack boxed items on their sides, one on top of the other in a vertical position:  cereals, pastas, tissue boxes, etc.  Paper plates can also be stacked on their sides in an upright position.  Consider placing paper towels one on top of the other horizontally.   
  • Square instead of round:  Square storage containers fit together much better than round ones do and waste less space. Use as many square storage containers as possible for food and other items. 
  • Picture it:  Instead of saving large items of sentimental value take a picture of the item instead.  If it belongs to someone else or was made by someone else, take a picture of that person with the item.
  • Space saving bags:  Consider using Space Saver Bags to condense your bulkier fabric items into airtight bags.

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 Top Ten Organizing Tips to Remember 

1.  Toss all unneeded and unwanted items immediately.  Create a small area in your home strictly for storing these items until you have time to get rid of them.  When the pile has reached its storage space limit:  sell the items (hold a garage sale, sell online, etc.), recycle and reuse or donate to your favorite charity.
2.  Categorize your items before storing them away.  Every so often it may be necessary to take everything out of a drawer, off a shelf or out of a closet to see just what you are dealing with.  Once you have done this, separate your items into categories, toss the ones you no longer want or need and then neatly place each item back into storage (keeping them together properly categorized).  Example categories for a food pantry:  canned goods, cereals, pastas, snacks, etc.
3.  A place for everything and everything in its place.  If you notice several items are not being put away on a regular basis, take the time to designate a permanent resting place for each one and put them away immediately when they are not being used.
4.  Don’t try to do it all at once.  Make a list, prioritize and then work on one thing at a time.  For large clean-ups, start by cleaning one small section at a time.  If necessary, wake up a few minutes early each day and challenge yourself to put away ten items in ten minutes or one section within 15 minutes. 
5.  Use clear or labeled storage containers.  If you can see it, you will find it.  Store your items in clear or labeled containers to quickly find what you are looking for each day. 
6.  Avoid creating miscellaneous storage areas.  Miscellaneous papers stacked one on top of the other, cluttered junk drawers and “Miscellaneous” files are a good way to lose those important items.  Label, sort and separate your things as much as possible.
7.  Perfection should never be the goal.   Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money and improving your overall quality of life. 
8.  Communication is important.  Create a family communication area to help your family stay in touch.  Use this area to leave notes, return items, share information, set schedules, place incoming mail and more.
9.  Use spreadsheets to organize information.  Spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel let you organize information such as shopping lists, family budgets, chore sheets, rule sheets, gardening information, passwords, business expenses and profits and so much more.  Learn to use one of these programs effectively and you will be able to update and find the information you need quickly and easily.
10.  Clear the clutter from your mind.  With so many different things to remember; don’t rely on your memory for everything.  Write reminder notes (use bright colors to help catch your eye), use calendars, create lists (shopping, To Do, etc.) don’t over commit yourself (learn to say no thank you more often) and take time out for yourself and your family to relax.  

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