Friday, December 04, 2009
N – Build a household notebook Restyle a 3-ring binder into command central. Divvy it up with tabbed categories such as Contacts, Food and Activities. Then stock it with class phone lists, school lunch schedules, blank calendars and more so everything you need is at your fingertips. Even easier, download cute printable forms, like a weekly chore sheet or a menu planner, at TheProjectGirl.com (click on “free downloads”).
O – Organize your computer
So many electronic files, so little time. Locate everything you need in seconds with software like Google Desktop. Downloadable for free at destop.google.com, the program searches your entire hard drive as quickly as you can search the web, so you can find an old e-mail or misplaced memo fast.
P – Put up a pegboard
They’re great for garages, but also work well in storage closets. You can hang up things like a stepladder, dusters & mops.
Q – Quit collecting
Whether you hoard enamel bowls or vintage toys, collections grow like weeds & get out of control just as quickly. Set some smart ground rules: Don’t have more than 2 collections going at once. Don’t keep more than you can display. Come up with a do-not-exceed number-once you hit it, give away one item for every new one you add.
R – Rethink your storage
A place for everything and everything in its place, right? That doesn’t mean you should dash out to buy a bunch of bins the second you decide to get organized. First assess the spaces that you want to declutter, identify what to keep, then figure out the best storage containers for the job. That way you can get the exact sizes & styles that work for your needs.
S – Stash it underneath
You’ve heard about stowing seasonal clothes like sweaters in slim bins under the bed. Don’t stop there. Also use plastic storage bags that you can vacuum-suction flat & slide them beneath footed sofas & bookcases.
T – Supersize your trash can
The smaller it is, the less likely you are to throw things away. Buy a behemoth of a wastebasket and you’ll purge more freely.
U – Unclutter with color
To make organizing less painful, place colorful dot stickers or shipping tags on things you’re not sure you’re ready to part with. If you wear the shirt, use the breadmake, or play the board game sometime in the next 6 months, peel off the sticker or tag. After 6 months, anything that’s still dotted or tagged goes into your giveaway box.