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"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" ~ Leonardo da Vinci
We believe organization needs to be simple in order to stick with it. If it makes your life harder it isn't worth it. Here are our top tips for keeping things organized.
(1) If you don't love it or use it get rid of it. The more stuff you have the harder it is to keep everything neat. If you are holding on to something because you think you might need it in the future that's probably not a reason to allow it to take up space in your home or closet today! Ask yourself if you have used it in the last 12 months...if the answer is no, get rid of it.
(2) Everything should have a home. This is pretty straight forward but if something doesn't have a designated space in your home it is clutter. If you found a fork under your couch you'd know it didn't belong there and where it should end up. Everything you own should have its spot.
(3) The paper problem! The volumes of papers that come into the house can get out of control. Whether it is bills, magazines or school papers they should all go to one place until there is time to address each one. Put a bin for all papers close to the door and once you follow up on each item throw it out.
(4) Find storage containers and bins that work for you and stick to them. When choosing storage containers go with clear plastic so you can see what is in them. If you can't tell what's inside you end up forgetting no matter how good your labeling might be. When choosing bins pick a type that you can use in various rooms in your home like your office, pantry and bathrooms so you can mix and match as needed.
(5) Get on the same page. If you are going to stay organized everyone in your house needs to be on board. Get your kids or spouse involved so they know where things go and what the expectations are. Keeping your house organized is supposed to make your family's life easier not cause frustration or arguments.