Organization Tips

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How can we be more organized at home?

Labeling Boxes

Label the sides of boxes instead of the tops. This prevents constant rearranging to find the one you want.

   
How can we be more organized at home?

Magazines and Catalogs

Go through old magazines, flyers, mail order catalogs and set aside ones to take to the recycling center. Sort through the rest and get some large 3 ring binders to hold them by category.

   
How can my family stay more organized?

Family Calendar

Use a large lined calendar for keeping track of family activities and events. The family calendar should be displayed in a central location and each family member should be encouraged to list weekly activities at least one week ahead of time. By planning ahead, scheduling conflicts can be avoided.

   
How can we get organized?

Getting Organized

Establish one new task at a time. If you can do something
every day for about a month it will become automatic.

   
How can we get organized?

Getting Organized

Schedule a time on your calendar to do the most important
task.

   
How can we get organized?

Getting Organized

Tackle tough tasks first. When these are finished,
everything else is a breeze.

   
How can my family save valuable closet space?

Clearing Clutter

Hang a plastic shoe holder in the closet to store socks,
pantyhose and scarves. This can also free up valuable
drawer space.

   
How can my family save valuable closet space?

Storing Tall Boots

Insert paper towel tubes or empty plastic bottles into tall boots to keep them from falling over on the closet floors.

   
How can we organize our bathroom?

In the Shower

Attach plastic baskets with suction cups to the side of the shower to store toiletry bottles. They keep everything within arms reach and spills can be washed off with the shower head.

   
How can we get organized?

Getting Organized

Stop procrastinating. Anything you can get done today
is less you have to do tomorrow.

   
How can we get organized?

Work With Smaller Tasks

Break down tasks into smaller, manageable parts. Do the
job in stages to avoid being overwhelmed.

   
How can my family save valuable closet space?

Charity Donations

Place empty trash bags in each closet and as you find items that are no longer worn or are out grown place them in the bags for donation to your local thrift store or charity.

   
How can my family stay more organized?

Organizing Kids Toys

Use smaller, see through boxes instead of one giant toy chest. Label the outside with photographs for children who cannot read.

   
How can we be more organized at home?

Delivering Charity Donations

Load thrift store donations directly into your car when you are cleaning. That way when you are in the area of the thrift store you can drop them off.

   
How can we save valuable cabinet space in the kitchen?

Clearing Clutter

Extend your canned good storage by using a rack
attached to the back of a door. You can also use these
racks to store cleaning products out of reach of kids.

   
How can my family save valuable closet space?

Suitcases

Pack small suitcases inside larger ones or fill them with out of season clothes to save closet space.

   
How can we be more organized at home?

Reducting Collectibles

To minimize clutter confine your collectibles to a collection of fewer, high-end items, instead of a mass of items.

   
How can we get organized?

Getting Organized

Enlist family members in helping you. More hands make
the jobs go faster.

   
How can my family save valuable closet space?

Holiday Displays

Store holiday displays intact. Cover and hang wreaths from nails so they retain their shape and design.

   
How can my family stay more organized?

Homework Zone

Create a homework zone. A space dedicated to homework only. That way less papers get misplaced or thrown away.

   
How can we clear closet clutter?

Closets-Divide and Conquer

First, take everything out of your closet. Divide into piles of what to keep, what to give away and what to throw away.

   
How can we be more organized at home?

Grocery List

Before throwing away an empty food container, add that item to a running shopping list.

   
How can we get organized?

Getting Organized

During your work session eliminate all distractions and
resist urges to stop for outside reasons. Work until
you are done.

   
How can we get organized?

Getting Organized

Write down all areas you would like to organize. Then
analyze and prioritize the tasks that will get you
organized.

   
How can we clear closet clutter?

Creating More Storage Space in Closets

Group all shorter length garments together in the closet and use the space underneath for storage.

   
How can my family keep sports equipment organized?

Sports Equipment

Buy a large garbage can for keeping sports balls and equipment in the garage and off the floor.

   
How can my family stay more organized?

School In-Basket

Create an in basket for notes from school. Have your
children place everything from school that parents
need to see or sign in the basket each day when they
arrive home from school.

   
How can we be more organized at home?

Curb Waste

Reduce your junk mail. Write to Mail Preference
Service, Direct Marketing Association, P. O. Box 9008,
Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008 and have them take your
name off mailing lists. Ask companies that you do
wish to get catalogs and sale flyers from to keep you
on their "in house" list only.

   
How can we save money on groceries?

Grocery Savings

Just because you're buying the bigger size doesn't mean
your saving money. Do the math to figure out cost per
ounce.

   
How can my family organize the linen closet?

Bed Sheets

When folding your sheets, slip a complete set into a matching pillow case. When it's time to make a bed, grab a pre-packaged set.

   
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