If you’re looking to get organized, today’s post is for you, and we’re going to start the series with today’s post about Organization Basics. Sometimes when one is looking to get organized, it’s difficult to know where to start. I think the best place to start is defining your organization roadblocks. An unorganized home, office or life could be attributed to one or more of a few different problems, such as:
-there’s too much stuff in your space
-the things in your home/office don’t have a space
-there’s not a routine for keeping stuff in its space
The first step to organization is to determine which of these organization problems applies to you and your situation. One, two or all three of the organization challenges listed above could apply to your situation, but until you sit down and determine which of these issues apply, you won’t be able to properly put the measures in place to fix those issues.
In The Frugal Farmer home, on some level, all three issues apply. Luckily for me, the PF blogging world has been abounding lately with posts on organization, so I’ve gleaned lots of wisdom from wise PF blogging friends.
Go through everything, room by room, and give away, sell or throw away what you don’t need. If you haven’t used it in a certain amount of time, if it’s broken, no longer fits, or whatever, get rid of it.
Get rid of duplicate items. Do you really need 10 serving spoons and 7 pairs of black dress socks?
Dump the paper. Create a file system for statements and other papers that you need to keep, and get rid of all of those printed out recipes by adding them to your hand-written recipe book:
Another organization problem could be that the things in your home don’t have a space. One of the most valuable organization lessons I learned from this book: Organizing from the Inside Out, Second Edition: The Foolproof System For Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life is to put things in the place where it makes the most sense for your lifestyle.
For instance, if you like to pay the bills at the kitchen table, create a place in the kitchen for your bill paying supplies. Don’t put them in the office where you have to drag them to the kitchen every time you pay bills. Start taking account of where things can have a place in your home or office that makes sense for your style of using those things, even if it doesn’t make sense for somebody else. In Fruclassity world, this goes along with Commandment #4: Don’t Worry About What Others Think. Your style of organizing your home and office has to include doing what works best for you or it simply won’t work.
A third organization problem could be that you have a place for everything, but that your stuff just doesn’t ever seem to make it to its proper place. If that’s your obstacle, you need a plan for making sure everything gets in its proper place.
Our friend Liz, from Budgeting for More, gives a great tip for solving this problem with her recent post entitled How to Keep a Clean House. Liz’s simple yet effective tip can go a long way in helping to solve this particular organization challenge.
So, my organizationally challenged friends, if you’re looking to get more “organized” into your life, you can start here. For our next post, we’ll share specific tips on how to handle these three organizing problems and much, much more. 🙂 Until then, keep safe, and get organized. 😉
Does your home suffer from any of these three organization problems? What are your tips for solving these three organization problems?
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