“I can’t find it!”
Having too much stuff can make it hard to locate items you actually need. A favorite pair of pants gets lost in a crowded closet, never to be seen again. A necessary tool floats to the bottom of an unsorted toolbox. You get the idea. But getting organized may be easier than you think. Let’s use the tools as an example. The garage can be one of the messiest places in the house but this simple and easy starting point will help you get it under control.
You will have a tool organization system that not only keeps you organized but also alerts you when the tools are missing.
The laundry room is often the nemesis of an organized house. Get each family member their own laundry basket and label it. Rather than placing the clean laundry on the stairs and watching everyone walk by without picking up their clothes, ask them to pick up their personalized basket in the laundry room. There will be no lost items or mix-ups, or blaming you!
Another tip for the kitchen is one that can save a life: a household manual. Grab a binder and put all your vital information in it. This includes emergency contact info, the name of your family doctors and vet, school rosters, alarm codes, medications and dosages for the kids, caregiver names, anything you’d need someone to know in an emergency.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone could clean up their own mess in at least one communal room? Does your bathroom come to mind? Get each person in the house a toiletry caddy, just like in a college dorm. Put names on the caddies, and store them on shelves in the bathroom or, if space is really at a minimum, ask them to carry their caddies back and forth from their bedrooms.
Clearing clutter can create a peaceful home away from overstimulation and the demands of our external world. Take that idea to one room in particular: our bedrooms, which are meant to serve as a sanctuary. The piles of laundry, books, and magazines living next to the bed nix any possibility of a calm and relaxing experience.
One of the top reasons for not getting organized is lack of time. It seems we devote all the energy we have to work, family, school, volunteering and other commitments. The best way to manage this issue is to reduce. Eliminating clutter is the number one thing we can do to create more time for ourselves. When there’s less clutter we spend less time cleaning it.