by: Sonia Nunez
You’ve got the kids all organized – now what about everything else in your home?
It’s easy to become overwhelmed with trying to keep all of your own things organized. Between work, activities at your kids’ school, your own hobbies, friends, and actually running the household, it can seem like there’s a million things that you need to juggle and stay on top of constantly.
And who hasn’t suffered the consequences of being disorganized? Whether it’s running out of toilet paper or forgetting to pay an electric bill, or just not being able to find that important piece of paper, being disorganized can be a problem and a hassle.
De-clutter! The less you have, the less you need to store. Many people could probably be a lot more honest with themselves when it comes to the things they keep. Seriously, what are the chances you’ll fit back into those clothes you wore in high school, or are ever going to fix that broken toaster? So obviously the first step in getting organized is to get rid of things so you have less things to organize in the first place.
If you’re the type to get overwhelmed with de-cluttering, break it down into manageable steps and work at it a little bit every day. Today, clean out one drawer in your dresser. Tomorrow, tackle another drawer. (You can do one drawer a day, can’t you?) Next week, you can take ten minutes every day tossing out items from the garage, or the basement, or the office, or wherever. As long as you make sure you do something every day, you’ll be surprised at how much you’ll accomplish over the next few weeks and months.
And if you’re the type who hates to see things “go to waste,” consider donating what things you can. Clothes, household items, small appliances in good working order, all these things can typically be donated to your local Goodwill, Purple Heart, Kidney Foundation, or other organization – and you may get a nice write-off for your taxes as well!