Living a More Satisfying Life
Here are some organizing tips and tricks that will lead to a happier and less stressed home (in no particular order):
Make your bed every morning. This leads to a more productive day.
Spend 10 minutes per day tidying your home.
When organizing, start with the easiest category, i.e. clothes, books.
When working through clothes, divide them into categories, i.e. tops, pants, etc.
Go through your garage 2x/year to tidy up.
Don't wait. Put it away now.
Everything needs a "place" at the end of the day.
For your work space, ask yourself what you really need to complete the job and keep those things within reach.
Set up automatic payments to eliminate paper bills/excessive mail.
Tidy up as your cook.
Designate a tote of hazardous materials that need to be dropped off (batteries, CFL's motor oil, medications, etc.)
Designate a tote as "donate." Once it is filled, donate it.
Don't buy it unless you know where it's going and how it will be used.
Have a catch all (basket) for pocket sized items near your front door.
Put up a wall hanger for keys (designate a special place).
Have a basket for everyday items such as wallet, glasses, sunglasses, chapstick, etc.
Designate a place for shoes.
Use a bin for small toys that have not been put away at the end of the day (for kids to go through later).
Drawer in drawer organizer
When organizing your home, organize by category, not by room.
Set up a filing system.
Place dividers in junk drawers.
Designate a place for mail (that should be sorted daily, and at minimum every week), and immediately recycle unwanted mail.
Set up a tiered laundry basket system.
Use over the door hooks in closets, pantries, cabinets/under sink (kitchen/bathroom).
When organizing or sorting, create 5 piles: 1. Move to another room. 2. Give to a particular person 3. Donate. 4. Toss out 5. Uncertain (revisit later)