This week, I gave a presentation to a high school home economics class about organizing. We talked about homework organizing, paper organizing, and dorm room organizing. I also wanted them to remember at least one simple thought that could help de-clutter any space. So I shared my quick tips, which are useful in any area of the home or office. Follow these six simple rules, and see your spaces transformed from disordered chaos to organized beauty!
- Only keep what is beautiful and useful to you. If you only applied one rule, I believe this one could help the most. A majority of disorganization problems come from keeping too much. Let go of things that are not valuable to you!
- If you haven’t used it in a year, toss it, recycle it, or give it away. Similar to the first one, this tip helps you recognize you won’t use that ancient tool within the next 5 years.
- Everything should have a home. If it doesn’t, find one. After using an item, return it to its rightful home.
- Handle it once. This tip applies well to paper. Make a decision about what to do with it and only touch it one time.
- If the task takes less than two minutes, do it now. Postponing small tasks just creates more clutter. If it only takes a short time, it’s worth doing now.
- Label, label, label. Labeling that box for the garage, or container for the closet, or leftovers in the refrigerator is worth your time. You will find it easier later.