This morning as I was putting my newsletter together I had time to enlist the help of my loving partner. On my request he carefully read over some of the material I wrote, helping me with a few corrections I needed to make.
In turn, I helped to tidy up some of his recent paperwork. This nice exchange of ‘Proofreading’ for ‘Bookkeeping’ helps us a lot, not only to get things done, it also allows us more time to chat and be together.
The thought I want to leave you with now is...
We all have things we are good at, and tasks that we enjoy. As well, there are things we don’t know how to do, or just plain don’t like doing.
Sometimes we have no choice but to do these things, as they are needed, yet other times we may be able to make a tradeoff with a friend, family member or co-worker.
Talk to those around you and see if you can engage in a mutually beneficial arrangement to make both of your lives easier.
Do you know anyone that is embarrassed by their clutter?
In the course of my work I have met with many people that have at least some degree of shyness when it comes to any clutter that they are struggling with.
It is only natural for people to have those feelings when they sense they are lacking some organizing skills. Yet, let me tell you, there is no need to be embarrassed about clutter.
First of all, there is not one person I have met that is great at everything. I mean really, if someone you met was perfect, it would probably be annoying to be around them, wouldn't it?
Clutter is more common than you think and in a society where we are encouraged to buy more than we need, where we are bombarded with paper, information, ideas and offers, who can keep up?
Today I will just leave you with the thought that as an organizer, I get it! After all, I too have to keep my stuff, my papers and my tasks in order and minimized. Even I have to 'catch up' and 'let-go' from time to time.
So if you or anyone you know is struggling with or embarrassed by clutter, know that it's ok, we can't all do everything purrrrfectly.
'Do what you do best, let others help with the rest!"
You got me!!
Other than occasionally acting like a big kid, or taking care of someone else’s on a temporary basis, I personally don't have any children and can only imagine the true experience of having to care for them full-time.
Yet, what I do have to share is some tips and strategies that I have picked up during my quest to learn more about organizing. And since this week’s topic is residential solutions, I thought I would include a few strategies in helping to organize kids spaces too.
Let’s talk strategy first, after all these little ‘Mini Me's’ learn fast and they learn from you so keep in mind five little tips:
As for making it easy for kids to stay organized, consider these tips:
Lastly, give the little ones a special hug for me!
Are you pulling your hair out trying to figure why you just can't seem to control the little things that keep piling up in corners and on shelves? Is your home an obstacle course?
If your clutter is making you feel like a basket case, it may be a case for baskets.
There are several organizing mistakes that are quite common; not having a place for things is definitely one of them. It really makes it a lot harder to know where to put something when it doesn’t have a home.
Now baskets are not the answer to everything, for example you would not put your action files in them. Yet baskets can make great homes for a large variety of items, such as cables & game controllers, gloves & scarves, towels & linens, toiletries, pens & pencils, CD collections, kid’s toys, and many more.
Baskets can be added to shelves to hold smaller items and give the room a less cluttered, more decorative look. They are also very easy to put things into. Remember; having things easier to put away than to take out, is a key principal to staying organized.
Some great ideas for baskets include using plastic stackable ones to hold smaller toiletries under the bathroom sink or loose bags of spices and small items in the kitchen cupboard. For items like slippers, shoes, pet leashes, empty bottles and anything else that can leave dust behind, the larger baskets with washable cloth linings can be a great option to consider.
Wire, plastic, cloth, cardboard or metal, baskets are inexpensive and easy to find. I would aslo suggest that you try to coordinate them in each area to keep a tidy and more consistent look. For baskets in view, it is preferable they fit into your décor and color scheme.
You can even find great looking baskets with lids on them. For small items to keep at arms length, like keys, eyewear, wallets, and other daily used items try a little basket on the hallway table or kitchen counter to drop these into. They keep these types of things close, nicely contained, yet out of site.
Remember to label baskets well. There is no such thing as too many labels. Labels make it easier to stay organized. They take a lot of the ‘thinking’ out of finding the right place, and serve to remind you that the container you’ve chosen has set limits on the amount of items in it, thus keeping you from building up clutter. Label, Label, Label!
So if you’re feeling like a ‘Basket Case’ and want to be more organized, take a look around and consider how a few, well placed decorative or functional baskets can make your life easier.