There Are Four Levels of Organization/Dis-organization!

More organizing tips should include the steps necessary to render your home uncluttered. These ideas will work in your home, office, garage, and even your pantry. Procrastination, however, may be a concern.

I grew up in a home where there was "a place for everything and everything was in its place". Yet, I still have to force myself to purge and discard -but I do.

What Is Your Organization Level?

Ultra-organized: Your garage or basement or closets could be used in commercials as tidy and orderly. You are not OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), but close to it.

Somewhat-organized: Papers are stored in a file cabinet and are easy to locate. Boxes on basement shelves are uniform (same size & color) and clearly labeled. Closets are free of clutter. Garage is orderly with painted walls and floor.

Somewhat-disorganized: There is a general area where papers are stacked along with magazines and documents. Every basement shelf and counter is full. Don't look in this guy's garage.

Disorganized: There are piles of unwashed clothes on the closet floor. Every drawer is a "junk drawer". The car trunk and backseat are filled with "stuff". The next level would be "hoarding". Things that you're looking for could be anywhere.

Two Steps That Will Get You to the Next Level!

Step One - Select a room or closet or even a drawer. Remove everything from it. Decide what must be returned to the drawer, for example.

Put everything else in a box with a "throw-out-date" (maximum of one year) listed on the box. Seal the box with tape. If it is not opened by the "throw-out-date", you didn't need anything in the box. Get rid of it.

Step Two- Make a list of all of the entities and areas that needs to be organized. The list must be very specific so that each entity or area to be addressed will take no longer than 30 minutes to get in order.

It could be just one shelf in the pantry or refrigerator. It is often difficult to find a one or two hour block of time.

Repeat steps one and two on the next item on your list.

Will These Steps Really Work?

That depends on you. Sometimes it is important for all of us to ask ourselves a couple of questions. In this case the questions are: "Do I really want to be more organized?" "Is it important enough to be willing to spend 30 minutes each day getting more organized?"

If the answers are "yes", I can assure you that these steps will work. I have used them for years and am firmly in the "somewhat-organized" group. But, I do need to repeat steps one and two periodically as "stuff" does tend to accumulate.

Before buying an item of a certain size was allowed in the house, I once professed, that something of equal size had to be removed from the house. That was when my house was already full. Steps one and two have provided me with the luxury of an empty shelf or two in the basement and much more space in closets.

How Do You Know If Your House Is Too Full?

  • You know your house is too full when there is no room for another item in any closet or drawer.
  • You know your house is too full when there is no room for another item on any basement shelf.
  • You know your house is too full when it's hard to find anything.
  • You know your garage is too full when there is no room for your car. (I know you have seen this situation.)

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