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Organizing Tips for Simple Living

Aug 5, 2008
When you think of organizing, most people think of the shows on television--the homes filled with cluttered rooms and excess possessions. But there are organizing tips available for many things in our lives. Some people need help with getting their finances organized and others could use help with time management and still others have a hard time fitting exercise and personal time into their lives. To me, organization is about having balance in your life.

Removing clutter is one of the best places to start. Seeing clear space will give you the incentive to go on. In many cases, people have clutter because they have too many possessions or they have a lack of storage. Usually, it is a combination of both. Purging possessions is difficult for many people. Individuals form attachments to things and these attachments can hold you back.

Here are five simple steps to getting organized:
*Sort-You will see this step on every TV show. A person may have things all over their floor and their furniture, but some of it you are going to need. The best way to do this is to put like things in containers. Clothes all go together, papers go together...well you get the idea.

*Purge-This is the root of a lot of clutter and disorganization...we have too many things. We are a country of excess and have come to believe that he who dies with the most possessions wins and this is not true. Excess possessions will hold you back and cause you to feel overwhelmed. Learning to part with things may take counseling in extreme cases.

*Assign a space-You will have to decide where to place the things you are going to keep. Figure out what already works well, and then it is time to design an area for the things that are left.

*Containerize-This is the part I think is the best. It is time to see your hard work take shape. Your things begin going into their assigned spaces. You can be really creative with containers. The Container Store has some unique storage ideas for every storage need. The internet also offers some great resources for storage systems.

*Maintenance-The best way to keep your new space looking organized is to maintain it regularly. Some areas may need 10-15 minutes daily. While other areas may require 15-30 minutes, 1 time a week. This is an important part of keep your space clutter free and organized. I find it easier to dedicate regular time to maintenance, rather than having to go through the whole organizing process again.

Removing clutter and organizing your space can seem very overwhelming in the beginning. Take it one room at a time and one corner at a time, if necessary. Once it is done you will be amazed at the impact it will have on your life.
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