Secrets To Being Organized

So, ever since I got married I keep getting these emails from TheNest.com. Most of them I just glance at and delete, but every now and then I find an article that actually have helpful tips for my everyday life. THIS one was one of them. It was 20 tips for how to organize your life better – and God knows I could need that. Here are some of the ones I liked most.

Find a home for everything.
And return everything to its home after you’re done using it. When shopping, know where you’re going to put an item — whether it’s a piece of furniture or a piece of art — before you bring it into your home.

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.

Carve out zones.
In rooms with open floor plans, set up an office, media center, exercise area and so on. Use room dividers, such as a bookcase, open cubbies or a couch, to delineate the space.

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.

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.

Don’t wait to put things away.
Before dumping something on a table or chair, always ask yourself: “Does it belong here?” For example, instead of placing a coat over a chair, hang it up. It takes mere seconds. Bonus: You’ll spend less time looking for it later.

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.

Set up a home office.
It can be anywhere — kitchen, living room, dining room, bedroom — but designate a place to park mail, bills, pens, and electronics (laptop, cell phone and tablet) and their chargers.

Reassess every so often.
Tastes change, and so will your lifestyle. Make a point to purge on a regular basis, say once a year or every spring and fall. If you don’t use something in a given time period, rethink its value. This creates an environment that you love — it’s your nest, after all.

Now I just want a house of my own where I can implement all the advice!

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