Friday, January 13, 2012

Concepts

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Thanks for joining us again as we continue with part 2 in a 3 part series on organization. See last week's post here.
The most important concepts of organization are:

Purging. Go through your stuff as often as possible and just get rid of all the extra stuff you don’t need. It’s weighing you down. You’ll feel so much better, I promise. If you find you’re very emotional and sentimental about your stuff or someone else’s, I recommend this article from Real Simple. (To make purging even easier, don’t let all that stuff into your house in the first place—if you won’t really use it or enjoy it, don’t buy it!)

Flexibility. Just because something works well for you doesn’t mean it will for other members of your household. Your kids might not be the kids who do homework best in their room alone. If not, figure out a way to make your kid doing his homework at the kitchen table a feasible situation. Sometimes the best way to develop your organization is by sitting back and watching natural flow of things and then implementing an organizational strategy.

Everything needs a home. The title of last week's post says it all. You will always have some kind of clutter in your house until you get this concept. Every single thing that comes into your house needs to be assigned a place to “live”. Just because it’s a purse and you have a place for purses doesn’t mean you have room for THIS purse. You might need to donate one you don’t use anymore to make room for the new one.

Next week: Reducing your paper clutter


5 comments:

  1. I moved in September, and did quite a bit of purging during the packing process - the obvious stuff that didn't need much thought. The unpacking process brought more, as things either don't fit (literally, in the case of downsizing from a 15 x 15 kitchen to a tiny galley, even though the house is half again larger) or won't function well in the new place.

    Your point about thinking before bringing something new in so very true - I need to know where someting is going to "live" before I buy it!

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  2. We moved a year ago, and while I purged a tone in the packing process, unpacking made me realize I still could do more...it has been wonderful!
    Have a great weekend!

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  3. I really believe in "A place for everything and everything in its place". I find that is one of the biggest time wasters in our home when we don't put things back where they belong after we use it, and then have to run around looking for it. The hardest thing I deal with are knicknacks that the kids receive from birthday parties, and/or wedding party favors...I know people put a lot of thoughts into them, but if I go to 20 weddings/bridal shower/sbaby showers/bday parties in a year, I have 20+ favors to have to find a home for. Anyhow, thanks for your reminder to purge. I need to do that with a few things in our room this week.

    http://joyceandnorm.wordpress.com

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  4. We are in the purging stage now! AWWWW, it feels so good! Wish I could convince everyone to get rid of even more!

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  5. These are great tips! I need to put a little trash can by my mailbox. I love decluttering, and with paper we need to make sure we do something about it daily.

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