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My very favorite way to stay on top of clutter or get myself to work on a task I'd rather not is to use a timer. I set it for 15 min. & see how much I can get done during that time. After it goes off, I can either do it again or often do something else for 15 min that is more fun & then repeat again. It works!
I keep my paper shredder and recycle bin in the garage, so when I come in with the mail I can immediate sort, shred, and deal with my mail all at once. (I pay all of my bills online, so it's rare to receive REAL mail now!)
To cut out the usual clutter caused by tossing clothes and jackets on the floor at the end of a hectic day or having tons of papers, books and magazines stacked everywhere, designate a place for everything. When you see your self about to recause the clutter, try to stop yourself in your tracks and place the item(s) in its proper place to begin with. That may seem hard to begin with but trust me it will save time and sanity in the long run:)
This isn't original with me--I saw it in a book somewhere--but if you have a bunch of coloring books, you can use a dish drainer rack to store them in, with the holder that silverware would normally go in now being for crayons. Clever, no?
I use organization to help with cooking dinner! I keep a box with cards, one for each recipe, near my fridge, and pull out a few of them each week. The ingredients I need are listed on the back of each card. I can hang the recipes on my fridge so I know what I will be eating, and making my grocery list is a breeze! Any time I try a new recipe and I like it, it goes into the box so my dinner rotation never gets old.
Saw on pinterest the most wonderfully simple way to organize my spices! Mop and broom hangers!! Anyone else see this?!? You stick them on the inside of your cabinets and the little bottles just pop right in there! Love this and I will be able to see right away what I have and find things much more quickly! I have put them on my shopping list for my next trip to the store. Spices are my key to healthy cooking, so this will make it so much nicer.
Write on the Manual Cover: purchase date, where bought, warranty info, service plan. Instead of a box or file for all manuals...tape the packet to the item or keep in the same room as the appliance in a designated spot. TOSS the old manual when you toss the item. Staple the receipt to the booklet. Mail registration form right away! This will make life SO MUCH easier when you have to downsize or sell or give away the product. Attach hardware: allen wrench, brackets.
Sometimes an outfit stays in my closet for a long time because I can't decide if I still like it or not, so I have adopted a new method. Now, if I can't decide I wear the item(s) at the next available opportunity, and ask myself how I feel wearing it. If I don't love the way I feel , it goes straight in my donate box.
i have a large family, and things always pile up, to the point where we are overrun with things. now, for every bag of items i bring INTO my house, one bag of equal size of items has to go out that same week. this is the RULE. this includes clothing, food, toys, even electronics! outgoing items can be donated to charity or given to family/friends. this helps us keep our home clutter free, make room for new things and to share with others.
i purchased hanging shoe organizers with clear pockets (the vinyl kind) and hung them on my children's closet doors. in addition to keeping shoes in there, the pockets are perfect for socks, stockings, hats, scarves and gloves, belts, and even small toys. the clear pockets allow me to see what my children have available for use and allows them to learn organization as well!