5 tips to solve common home organization problems
Submitted by Linda Goldman of Altogether Organized
Are you unorganized? Here are tips to help some of the most common home organization problems.
Paper piles: We get lots of paper every day, and it just keeps coming. Having a system will help you stay on top of it. Sort your mail every day, get rid of what you don’t need, put away what you want to keep and track your to-dos.
Closets: Closets can be fantastic storage spaces, but they are often stuffed. Take everything out of your closet, sort into like categories and keep only what you truly use or want. You’ll be amazed at all the room you will have.
Kid’s papers and art work: School-aged children bring home tons of artwork and schoolwork. Some parents struggle with how to manage the barrage and how to decide what they should keep. Keep a small representative sample from each year that reflects your child’s personality and their development. No child will appreciate mom and dad saving and passing on a huge storage bin of their preschool and grade school papers and art.
Purge excess items: If you admit you have too much stuff but need help letting go, guilt should be the first thing you get rid of. Ask yourself when the last time you used the item was, how likely you are to use it again and if you like the item.
Kitchens: Many people don’t know how to organize their cabinets, drawers and pantry to maximize their kitchen’s functionality. The first step is to think about how you use your kitchen and what items you use most often. The items you use in each zone of your kitchen should ultimately be easy to get to and in logical locations. Once you decide which items you really use, you’ll probably discover many items you can purge and that helps create better storage options.
Goldman is passionate about helping others simplify and bring order to their lives. She founded Altogether Organized in 2002 to help her clients transform their homes or workplaces from chaotic and cluttered spaces into peaceful, calm and efficient environments.
Before becoming a professional organizer, Goldman worked for more than 15 years in corporate training, human resources and management where she developed exceptional organizational skills. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Illinois, is a certified professional organizer and is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. When not organizing others, Goldman helps keep her husband and three children organized.
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