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5 Little Sayings to Help You Get Organized

Posted by on Jul. 14, 2011 at 12:42 AM
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5 Little Sayings to Help You Get Organized

By Maria Garcia

'Spring Ahead. Fall Back.' That little saying always helps us remember whether we should set the clock ahead or back one hour. Similar little sayings, are also great for helping you to get and stay organized. Here are just a few:

A HOME FOR EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE.

Every item you have, no matter what it is, should have a designated home. For instance, the home for your magazines might be your magazine holder, which is located on your bookshelf. Or your home for your extra file folders and labels, might be the top shelf of your office supplies cabinet.

If an item doesn't have a specific home, it's considered to be 'homeless.' Something that is homeless, tends to get lost.

Designate a specific home for all of your stuff. Then, be sure that everything taken, gets returned to its home when done being used.

DON'T PUT IT DOWN. PUT IT AWAY.

When you remove something from its home, the best thing to do when you're done using it, is to put it away. Yes, sometimes it seems easier to just place it on the kitchen table until later, or to put it on your desk until tomorrow. Unfortunately, this often results in many items being out of place, which can leave your home or office in disarray. Never mind the fact that it presents a bad example for other family members, or staff members.

Don't give clutter a chance to form. Put it away now. You'll find it when you need it, and your environment will remain clutter-free.

FILE, DON'T PILE.

It is very easy to get overwhelmed with paper. Our paper volume increases on a daily basis. Between lists, mail, bills, school papers, documentation, warranties, etc., it's often seen as a pain to take the time to handle those papers immediately. However, if those papers begin to transform themselves into piles--and they usually do--it's going to be even more of a pain to get them under control. Piles tend to get taller and taller, until even the idea of dismantling them seems colossal. This results in lots of piles, and even more stress.

If you DON'T need a piece of paper, get rid of it immediately. Either recycle it, or give it to the appropriate party.

If you DO need a piece of paper, file it right now. Don't put it down, even for a minute. Either place it in your filing cabinet, your Tickler file, your bill paying system, etc. If you take the time to file it now, it won't stand a chance of growing into a huge pile.

QUALITY OVER QUANTITY.

Clutter and chaos go hand in hand. The more things you have, the easier it is for clutter to form and grow.

Always remember to place your emphasis on quality over quantity. In other words, it's not important to have a lot of things, many of which you never use. It's more beneficial to have fewer things, all of which you use and/or enjoy. Simplify your life and you will get and stay organized!

FIND EVERYTHING YOU NEED WHEN YOU NEED IT, GET EVERYTHING DONE WHEN IT'S DUE.

Many people think that getting organized is about being neat and tidy. On the contrary, a person who is not very neat or tidy, can be very organized. Being organized actually entails 'finding everything you need when you need it, and getting everything done when it's due.' If you can master these two things, you are well on your way to being organized.

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paganbaby
by on Jul. 14, 2011 at 2:13 AM

I need to remember these...

tears30314
by on Jul. 14, 2011 at 4:24 AM


Quoting paganbaby:

I need to remember these...

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lovinangels
by on Jul. 14, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Great tips, thanks for posting!

Kaci
by Bronze Member on Jul. 14, 2011 at 9:25 AM

 youre welcome

Quoting lovinangels:

Great tips, thanks for posting!

 

mumsy2three
by Member on Jul. 14, 2011 at 9:52 AM

A HOME FOR EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE.

I use this on all the time with my family.

LuLu5J
by on Jul. 14, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Thanks for these great tips!  I really need them.

LindaClement
by on Jul. 14, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Ah, and I fall at the first hurdle:

One of the huge complications in our house is that we have many activities and not much space. So, where do the files and properties for the speaking club go? The camera equipment? Dance costumes? All the books... The umpire's gear? The softball association files? The company stuff? The LLL archives? The camping gear? The gourmet equipment? The Christmas decor? The cookbooks (oh, my, the cookbooks!) The cd and dvd collections? The extra dishes? The winter clothes and bedding (or summer!) The list just goes on and on!

If we didn't wear clothes, we'd have enough closet space. If we had offices (or storage units) for all the activities, we would have less clutter. I suppose if we quit having extracurriculars to our 'main' lives... whatever they are...

Peanutx3
by on Jul. 14, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Good tips.

usmclife58
by on Jul. 14, 2011 at 12:58 PM


Quoting lovinangels:

Great tips, thanks for posting!



CoolMommyofboys
by on Jul. 14, 2011 at 3:24 PM

thanks for posting!

I'm trying to teach my boys these...esp "don't put it down, put it away"        I hate looking for shoes last minute- if they'd put them under the bar like I've always asked, it wouldn't be so hard to find them

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