Organizing tip #21: In the quest keep clutter in check, I love this three step process from Professional Organizer Peter Walsh:
1. If you use it, put it away. If you dirty it, wash it, etc. If the entire family thinks this way, you will no longer have a trail of clutter.
2. Do the "trash bag tango"...... Have each family member spend 10 minutes a day wandering from room to room with two trash bags, one for garbage and one for donations.
3. Do not bring anything new into the house (clothes, toys,etc) until you create the uncluttered space you want.
Organizing tip #22: When working with a new client, usually one of the first things they want to do is go shopping :-) That's the fun part of organizing of course, but step 8 of about 10. But when you are ready to shop for organizing products make sure you have a precise list of items needed, measurements of where items are to go and of course a tape measure. For example, if you have decluttered a space and pared back on magazine subscriptions to only three, then you know you will need three magazine holders. If you want to organize your shoes with a shoe rack, measure the space the shoe rack will be placed in and measure items in the store.
Organizing tip #23: If you have an iPhone, download the free app irecycle. This app is awesome. Whatever you have to dispose of, you can enter it and it will show you locations near you where you can take it to recycle. Car batteries, pesticides, computer monitors, medications, anything really.... I just found surfboards on the list, however, nowhere here in Idaho to recycle them, hmmm wonder why :-)
Organizing tip #24: An over door shoe holder can be used in many ways to help you organize a space... inside the pantry door for spice packets, snacks, etc... inside the hall closet door for hats, gloves and scarves... on a child's bedroom door for toys (barbies, hot wheels, etc).
Organizing tip #25: I use this card wheel that I purchased from Target to organize all of my membership cards...grocery store, book stores, etc, (you know you have them). I hate to have a bulky wallet, so all my cards fit in here and fit into a pocket in my purse. I just pull it out at the store and hand it to the clerk, the store scanners scan through the plastic. Every client that I have showed this to has wanted one, glad I always keep a supply on hand :-)
Organizing tip #26: Be creative when finding ways to organize items. I needed a way to sort and organize my little girls fast growing collection of hair clips and hair bands. I don't remember why I had an ice cube tray laying around, or why I saved it, but I am glad I did. This worked out perfectly for her hair accessories. Next time you need to organize an item, look around, you may have something that will work :-)
Organizing tip #27: Do you have a 'go to meal'? You know, for when your dinner out plans get cancelled or you forgot to take out the pot roast to defrost, or just when your schedule gets all screwed up. Mine is an easy meatball crockpot recipe: a bag of frozen meatballs with a jar of beef gravy and a packet of Lipton onion soup... Low for 3-4 hours served over rice or noodles. I make sure that I always have these ingredients on hand so that I always have my 'go to meal' if needed. So, if you don't have a 'go to meal', find one, or use mine... You never know when you will need it.
Organizing tip #28: This tip is not mine, but one I came across from a fellow organizer's blog. I thought it was so brilliant and simple that I wanted to share. I will admit that there were at least a couple of birthday parties for my soon to be 12 year old, that I either forgot the ice cream, or just didn't bother because of time,(sorry Lauren), but for Maya (soon to be 2), there will be ice cream at every party:-)
Organizing tip #29: If you are thinking of tackling a big organizing project, follow these steps:
1- define your goal for the space
2- remove everything from the space
3- sort everything into 2 categories, those that meet your goal for the space and everything else
4- items that meet your goal, go back into your space
5- items that do not meet your goal should find a new home: thrown away, donated, sold or placed somewhere else in your home.
That may seem a bit simplistic, but in reality that is all you need to do, so give it a try :-)