No matter if you are organizing your desk top, your office, the kitchen or your bedroom closet, there are some general guidelines for organization.
- If you use it nearly daily, leave it out. If you use it once or twice a week, put it away but in an easily accessed spot. If you need it or love it but don’t use it all the time, store it away.
- If it looks like fun – books, puzzles, yarn for knitting – leave it out. If it looks like work – incoming bills, piles of tools – then put it away.
- Put like items together. Wrapping paper, gift bags, ribbon, tape and scissors belong together. Winter clothing belongs together. Everything related to project A at work belongs in one spot.
- Stop stacking. Stacks or piles only cause things to be lost and waste time because you have to dig through them. Use vertical file holders to hold the items you used to stack. It is much easier to locate items.
- This doesn’t mean for you to relocate all your belongings into clear plastic tubs. What it means is you can stay organized longer by having homes for related items such as a container for all those gift wrap items or sewing supplies or your collection of cookie cutters. At work, use containers on a shelf to hold all the parts for a project.
One take away from your clutter sorting should be this. You can’t organize clutter. It can’t be done. A bunch of random items placed in a plastic tub in your garage or attic is not organization. Organization happens when you only keep what you really love, use and need.
Until next time …