Secrets of Extremely Organized People
Have a vision for who you want to be.
This makes it easier to know what to bring into your life -- from decorating your house to building your wardrobe to how you use your time.
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Pick a purpose for each room.
This allows you to set up each room in the way you use it. Sometimes the function is obvious (think: kitchen and bath), but many rooms serve multiple purposes. In these instances, you can create order by carving out zones (see the next slide for more info on this).
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Love your label maker.
Eyes can read faster than they can figure out what they’re looking at on a shelf -- be it spices or storage boxes. What’s more, labeling shelves in your linen closet or pantry helps you and your spouse return items where they belong.
Keep surfaces clutter-free.
Follow this rule of thumb: If you use it every day, it gets to stay; if you don’t, put it away. Think about how often you use an item, and let that decide how much “real estate” it should take up on surfaces. Take the kitchen counter, for instance. Maybe the coffeemaker and toaster get to stay, but the food processor goes away.
Choose multifunctional furniture pieces.
Look for furniture that does double duty: a storage ottoman that can corral magazines or books, a coffee table with drawers to stash the remote, a bookcase that can be used as a nightstand.
Keep everyday items within arm’s reach.
Place frequently used items up front in a cabinet or closet. Things you use less often, you can put up high or way in back.
Arrange like with like.
In the pantry, place canned goods on one shelf, cereal on another, snacks on another. In the bathroom, hairbrushes go in one bin, moisturizers in another, makeup in another.
The back of the door is another great place to stash items. An over-the-door pocket shoe organizer can hold jewelry, scarves, mittens, household cleaners, hair care products and accessories -- and yes, shoes.
Buy less stuff.
Some people are minimalists. It’s okay if you’re not. But never grab something because it’s on sale or free. Hidden costs include maintenance of the item (i.e., cleaning it) or the guilt of getting rid of it.
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Put a clock in the bathroom.
A lot of people lose track of time in the morning; a clock will keep you on schedule. If you need to save space, mount a wall clock.