Time saving home organization tips

Time saving home organization tips

Whether you work alone or share an office space, if you aren't organized, you will waste enormous amounts of time, money and frustration trying to get things done.

So many times I have heard people say, "It's an organized mess and I know where everything is." Well, maybe you do and maybe you don't. But what about the others that need to find something in your office and can't? 

Even if you think being organized is no big deal, you might be surprised at just how much time you waste because things are not where they belong.

I've also heard complaints that it takes too much time to get organized. How much time has been wasted looking for important documents and supplies? Once you get organized, it can be easy to stay organized as long as you put things where they belong.

For those who want to simplify their lives and have more energy and success, let's get started!

The supplies you’ll need:

  • Trash container and liners.
  • A shredder (confetti cut so your documents are chewed up in tiny bits).
  • Some empty boxes or large containers for sorting.
  • Manila folders.
  • A table for sorting.

As you begin the organization process, avoid zig-zagging all over the room or you will get confused on where you left off and create an even bigger mess than you already have.

Start in one area and work your way around the room, doing one pile of items at a time. If you have to stop, leave yourself some kind of indicator or note so you are clear on where to pick up again. You didn't get into this situation overnight and you don't have to work till you drop to get out of it. 

Schedule organizing times with yourself and keep them. You'd be amazed at how much you can accomplish in short periods of time when you stay focused - even if it's just 15 minutes a day. 

Whether it takes a day, week or month to finish the project, don't get discouraged. You will pat yourself on the back once you see how wonderful it is to find your stuff easily and know where to put it back.

If you enjoy a favorite beverage or need a frequent bite, have something handy to keep you going. I love to work with music, but not when doing serious things like paperwork as it can interfere with clear thinking.


Sorting is critical in getting organized. Trash should go in the trash container immediately upon discovery. When it's full, take it out of the room, put in a new liner and continue.


I can't say enough about the importance of shredding documents. Identity theft is a very real problem. The bad guys are more than willing to go through the trash and abuse your information.


It’s good to organize by different types (pens, tape, staples, etc.) There are many drawer organizers or small plastic and wood desk chests where you can put these items out of the way so they're easy to find as needed.


There are many ways to sort and file documents. The goal is to find where you can put them away quickly. Take a moment to decide what type of system will work for you. If you struggle with how to name or file documents, consider the first name or place that comes to mind.


Finally, filing in alphabetical order is critical to avoid duplicate folders and misfiling. It seems like an obvious technique, but this type of filing is commonly used for good reason.

About this Angie’s List Expert: Julie Gram is the owner of Naturally Organized, providing home organization services in Denver. Since 2000, Naturally Organized as specialized in home and office organization, including closet, cabinet, kitchen and garage organization.

As of September 27, 2013, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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