1.  Put things away immediately after use.

2.  Throw out items that are no longer of use.

3.  Pass along or donate any clothes you have that don't make you feel great when you put them on.

4.  Go through your make up and toiletries and get rid of items you don't use anymore.  Then, refrain from buying new products you don't really need.  

5.  Whenever you are called upon to donate to a food drive, clear out your pantry of anything your family no longer eats or doesn't want.  Remember to donate only unopened products which are not expired .  Glass containers are discouraged strongly, but if still good neighbor or friend might be able to take those for their own use.

6.  Don't take things simply because they are free if you have no use for it.  Don't buy something just because it is a great price.  You'll save even more by not buying it at all.

7.  Process your incoming mail EVERY day.  Ditch anything you don't want or need, like offers to subscribe to magazines you won't read or charities you don't want to give to.  Put bills wherever you keep those to be sure they get paid on time.  I prefer to put mine on automatic payment online which makes it even easier.

8.  Keep your TO DO list in your phone and review it each morning.  Try to combine errands when you are out.  

9.  Have gifts you received that you never will use?  Get rid of them and free up additional space for new memories.  They do no good living in the back of your closet month after month....

10  Keep like items together.  Your phone bill, electric bill, cable bill and others that need to get paid should all be together.  Your camera and your lithium camera batteries and the recharger should all be in one place.  Keep this in mind whenever assigning a place for something.  Everything should have a home.  Don't have space?  What do you have that is keeping some of that valuable space that you don't really need?

More to come...read this blog regularly to learn more about the ease of keeping organized.  
When looking at the NIH site today their tips to prevent falls, I saw the NUMBER ONE tip  is to declutter!  They said (my italics addition):

  • An important step toward preventing falls at home is to remove anything that could cause you to trip or slip while walking. Tripping on clutter, small furniture, pet bowls, electrical or phone cords, or other things can cause you to fall. Slipping on rugs or slick floors can also cause falls.

There are lots of other reasons to declutter, but this should go to the top of your list, as none of us wants a fall--many of which can result in very serious results.  No better day than today to start decluttering.  Clear away anything in your walking path, including your steps!  You'll be glad you did!

See https://nihseniorhealth.gov/falls/homesafety/01.html for other great suggestions on fall prevention!
This month in Men's Health there was a great article about being more productive by having an organized desk.   I totally agree!

They focused on four areas:

Identify the Essentials:  Figure out what you need regularly in your desk work and make sure it is accessible.  Those you use most should be closest to you.--I like having right at my fingertips my computer keyboard, my glasses, my water bottle, phone and a pen.    Those not as crucial can be further away or within drawers or closets.  

Start Making Piles:  Taking everything into one big pile and then sorting thru and making other smaller piles works best for me.  This might be "keep,” “take home,” “to do,” and “trash,”  which doesn't even go in a pile but instead goes right into the trashcan under my desktop.  Then, get to work filing in the proper place anything that is being kept and prioritizing all in the TO DO area.  

Give Everything a Place:  As with other areas of your home, I always repeat that everything must have a home.  If you don't have a place it is kept, is it really clutter?
And make sure to keep like items together.  I have 3 sizes of paper clips, but keep them right in a row so I can change the size easily f there are papers added or deleted.  

Think About Upgrading:  One of the things my clients love is going to the Container Store or going online to Amazon and ordering cool containers, binders, bins etc.  I agree it is fun, but nothing should be purchased until you see what you are keeping after your decluttering is COMPLETE!

You might like to read the entire piece.  They have some ideas that differ from mine above.  Whatever works for YOU is the right way!  Give it a try.  You will be more productive and certainly  your life far more calm.  

According to Carly Waters at mydomain.com, there are four reasons that organization improves your life.  I agree!

Efficiency: Creating order leads to efficiency, and efficiency leads to saving time. Rather than spending 20 minutes looking for your wallet, keys, pens, etc., you can spend that time with your family, pets, or your favorite book. How? Because you create a system where everything in your home has a specific place. Once you have order and efficiency, you are able to relax and enjoy the things that really matter.

Clarity and Control: Do you ever feel like you’re juggling 30 things in your brain? Well, part of that comes from your physical surroundings. If you can’t remember where you put an old clothing receipt or what food you have in the pantry, your brain starts to get overwhelmed.

 You will no longer feel weighed down by your stuff. And truly, who wants that?

Tranquility: At the most basic level, organization equals calm. When you walk into your home after a long day and everything is put away in a systematic way, you immediately can relax and decompress.

Now is a better time than ever to get rid of your ancient tax records, paid credit card statements, bank statements, insurance records etc which should NOT be put in the trash due to personal information sometimes being stolen that way.  If you don't own your own shredder, or you have loads to do, there is a free coupon available for 5 lbs of document shredding at Office Depot/Office Max.  Go to http://www.officedepot.com/fm/files/od/promo/2017/week_9/cpd/0917_coupon_cpd_shredding_49129966.pdf?cm_sp=copy_print_depot-_-shredding__5freepound-_-print-and-copy_shredding_main_1_0_0 to print out your personal coupon.  Coupon good until 4/29/2017.  Now get going on purging your files!!!
Here are a few ideas that are quick and easy!  Make your life easier--add more calm with the more decluttering and organizing you do!

--Unsubscribe from email lists that you don't need and simply drive you loony.  I bought something ONE time from a store in Maryland, and finally decided I needed to unsubscribe since they emailed constantly the following week! 

--Keep a fix-it list.  I like mine in my phone so I always have it with me.  That way, when I have time to do a quick job I can look at my list and maybe finally sew on those new buttons for my black jacket!

--Take 40 minutes to clear out and organize your freezer.  Take everything out and place it on a nearby counter.  Wipe out the inside as (if your is like mine) there will be plenty of crumbs!  Ditch what is too old, give away to a friend anything you don't like but others may, and then put back everything in categories.  I have all my veggies together, desserts in another area, main course items in another section, etc.  

--Dump out your make-up bag and ditch old or no longer used items and restock.  

--Take all the trash out of your car.  

Give these a try.  Let me know as you think of others.  I feel the calm entering my life already....