Getting organized can be as easy as ABC!
Enjoy our ABCs of Organizing series as we share ways to become more organized throughout your home and your life.
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The ABCs of Organizing: Containers
Let’s face it. The fun part of organizing our stuff is buying all of those cute, matching boxes and bins. In reality, this should be the last step of the process after sorting, purging and simplifying. Go through your things first, then you’ll be able to purchase the right number of correct sized containers.
Organizing containers definitely come in all shapes and sizes – canvas bins, baskets, trays, large tubs. Choose containers that are sturdy enough for what you want to use them for. Small baskets that go inside your makeup drawer don’t need to be as sturdy as a tub that holds your household tools.
Use your containers as quantity control. When the change container in the junk drawer starts to overflow, it’s time to make a trip to the bank.
Extra Read: Trays: The Ultimate in Clutter Control
The ABCs of Organizing: Cupboards
Kitchen and bathroom cupboards are wonderful places store useful items, but they also make it easy to hide junk behind their closed doors. A few rules for organizing your cupboards.
- Keep things where you use them. If you are right handed, store your the spices to the right of your stove or food prep area.
- Location is key. Keep frequently used items on the lower shelves and near the front of bottom cupboards. Infrequently used items go up high or in another location all together.
- Be flexible. Don’t feel stuck with the shelves that came in your cupboards. Move them up or down. Add wire shelving to double your stacking space. Install pullout shelves (a personal favorite). Add hooks to the doors for hanging cup lids or measuring spoons.
Extra Watch: Organize Your Kitchen
The ABCs of Organizing: Color Coding
If you have a large family, color coding is great for knowing whose widget is whose. I have a friend with 4 children. Each child has “their” color for their tooth brush, plastic cups, water bottles, towels, etc. This makes things really easy when you are trying to figure out which child left their towel on the floor.
Color coding can also work on your calendar. Having a different color pen for each family member helps you easily know who is busy tonight with just a quick glance. You can do this easily on most digital calendars as well.
The ABCs of Organizing: Contacts
When is the last time you purged your contact list or address book? Now is a great time to remove people you no longer need or want to contact. As Christmas cards, birthday invitations, emails and other items come in during the year, update your contacts so it’s easy to stay in touch.
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