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Organization...or the lack of.

 

Despite my best efforts, my craft room has a tendency to look like a bomb went off in it.  In fact, in some cases, it's only a matter of 15-20 minutes before it goes from neat to messy.  I don't consider myself lazy or a slob but I suspect the biggest offending attribute is...brace yourself...I own too much stuff!  Is that possible?  Can a papercrafter really own too much stuff?  Yes.  You know it too - maybe you're just in denial - like I was (and occasionally still am).

When my daughter was in high school she was often "testing gravity" .  This is the term my husband coined when we would see her bedroom floor covered in clothes.  While he liked to consider it a science experiment, it drove me crazy!  I know from my own experience that "a cluttered room leads to a cluttered mind".  I hate the feeling of disorganization and not knowing where anything is.  How many times have I bought two of something not realizing I already owned the first one?  Enough times to finally get organized.

I found this article on wikiHow.  Most of the content is not new to any of us, but it did serve as a good reminder.  Off to clean the stamp room!

Wishing you an organized day!

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How to Organize Your Home

Is clutter driving you crazy? An organized lifestyle can mean efficiency in your day and a more relaxing time while at home. Use the following tips to get some organization in your home.

Steps

  1. Begin by making a list of items needed in each area, keeping in mind that you want to have less to maintain in the future. Keep items closest to where they will be used. Store like items together.
  2. Work on one area of your living space at a time. Go area by area until your whole home is organized.
  3. Have three boxes or large bags labeled "KEEP", "DONATE", and "TRASH". As you pull each item off the shelves, from dusty corners, from under beds and couches, or wherever, put it in one of these boxes/bags.
  4. In general, if you haven't used an item in a year or more, it is probably safe to throw/give it away.
  5. Dispose of the "TRASH" box/bag immediately (recycle as possible) and give away your "DONATE" box/bag as soon as possible to a local charity like a church, Goodwill, or the Salvation Army. But allow enough time to prevent regrets, which may cause the need to repurchase an item.
  6. Assess your KEEP box/bag. You should ask yourself if these items belong in this section and how often you use each of them.
  7. If an item belongs elsewhere in your home, put it there. If you don't use an item frequently, consider how you can store it so it is out of the way of the items you use more often.
  8. Work throughout your living space weeding out all of the extra "stuff" and placing everything else where it belongs.
  9. Now that your possessions are organized, maintain this state by ensuring that items belonging in a particular area stay there.
  10. If you use something, put it back where you found it when you're finished.
  11. If you need to relocate an item to a cluttered area, re-assess why each item is there so you can make room for everything you need.
  12. Buy or re-use organizers to store items that would otherwise look cluttered if left out in the open.
  13. Decorative containers can be stored beneath a bed, couch, chair, bench or table. Stack different containers to create a table.
  14. For important files (i.e. insurance documents, automobile information, receipts, instruction manuals), purchase a filing cabinet or look for one in a local garage sale.
  15. Designate a counter top as a "landing pad" for your keys, purse, cell phone, and other items to be put away at the end of the day.
  16. Keep one drawer in your desk for supplies such as pens, paper clips, and sticky notes so they are not roaming around the house. Always looking for a pen? Now you will always know where you can find one.
  17. Buy a planner. Write in designated times to maintain your newly organized space. Color-code your planner so you can easily pick out meeting times, due dates, and appointments.
  18. Use a planner to record your annual cleaning. Indoor cleaning in the winter. Outdoor cleaning in the summer. Allow for only one or two major projects for each month of the year. This gives an entire month to accomplish a project. As each year goes by, each area will become more efficient. Just by taking time away from an area, new thoughts will arise to utilize a space in a better way. By taking the time to plan, half the work is already done.
  19. If you continuously maintain your space, you will have less clutter building up.

Tips

  • When choosing which area of your living space to begin organizing, try starting with the area that you use the most, such as your study area, if you are a student, or the kitchen.
  • A good way to store infrequently-used items is to invest in good quality organizers, such as CD holders, bookcases, and under-the-bed containers. If you have a birthday coming up or Christmas is around the corner, try asking relatives for gift certificates to the Container Store, Bed, Bath & Beyond, IKEA, Target, or Wal-Mart.
  • Think about whether you really need to keep things.. Most people nowadays have an Ipod, MP3 or a computer which you can download cds onto. Allocate a day to transfer your CD's to the computer where you can put them on and take them off your Ipod or MP3 whenever you wish. Once thats done why not either store them in the loft or better still sell them and earn some extra cash!
  • American culture is avid about organizing. Therefore, you can usually find organizers that are trendy and fashionable, so you won't have to worry about hiding items away that you store.
  • Find ways to reuse your existing organizers. For example, if you have a candle holder but no candles, you can use it to hold pencils instead.

Warnings

  • Keep in mind fire hazards while you are organizing. Some safety hazards include overloading a wall outlet with extension cords, storing huge stacks of newspapers, or not putting away shoes and other articles that block your exit path in an emergency.
  • Be careful when moving furniture. Lift with your legs, not your back, and ask a friend to help you.

Sources and Citations

Article provided by wikiHow, a wiki how-to manual.

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Mary Ann

Ha ha, yes that would be the quick answer to organization.

Kelley Banducci

Or instead of posting this long article you can just say: put your stuff away when finished!

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