Friday, January 24, 2014

First Steps to Getting Organized

On Monday I (re-)told you guys about the importance of good time management, especially if you're a busy person. Now that we have time organization covered, you should begin to have more time to organize your things, a.k.a your clutter.

First of all, and I know you've probably heard this a thousand times, you have to PURGE. Get rid of anything you don't want or need anymore. I suggest grabbing 3 large cardboard boxes and lining two of them with plastic bags. One box will be for what you want to keep, another for donations and the last one for what you want to throw away. (If you can and feel up to it, you can add another box with stuff you'd like to sell). You don't have to do this all in one day. When you have the time (thanks to your new time management skills) take the three boxes to one of the rooms in your house and slowly go through all the drawers and all the cupboards sorting everything out.

Once you've accomplished this step, your house should only accomodate those things you really need or that have sentimental value. When it comes to sentimental items, I recommend finding a box for each family member, in which you can keep those things associated with good memories (old year books, personal journals, issues of favourite childhood magazines, baby clothes...).

After all this has been done, the last step in this process is to create a Home Inventory. I wouldn't use thing for EVERY single item in your house, but for those that were more expensive or that have warranties (furniture, electronic appliances...). For this, I've made a simple FREE printable for you guys to use. It's pretty straight-forward.

So off you go!! Make the most of this weekend to start getting organized! Get the kids to chip in! Whatever it takes! Next time we'll talk about storage solutions and labels!! 

Hope you all have a great weekend!!

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