Real Simple magazine is my FAVORITE and as soon as it arrives I turn right to the organizing articles!

I also get emails from them with great ideas!  Today I got one that they titled "
Our Best Organizing Tricks of All Time."  Well, naturally it didn't take long for me to open that and start reading!

Here are their suggestions.  Frankly I don't agree with them all, but see what you think!  My comments are in italics.  


  • Identify Obstacles
Start at the root—think about what is keeping you from staying neat. We have found that it’s often the spot where you are storing clothes. If you find yourself constantly wrestling with drawers—they're too shallow or too heavy, they stick, or they're broken—replace the dresser and the task won’t be nearly as taxing. The replacement does not have to cost you an arm and a leg—try Ikea. We tend to avoid things that are physically difficult and therefore a fully functioning replacement piece will save you time and energy for many years to come.

  • Choose Uniform Containers
Using a set of the same containers will instantly neaten up a space and help create a uniform and organized cabinet or pantry.  Never buy containers or closet organizers before you have TOTALLY decluttered that area so you will know what you truly need.  

  • Avoid the paper pileup!

It’s tempting to drop a stack of mail on the counter and walk away—promising yourself that you will deal with it later. Instead, try going straight from your mailbox to the recycling bin. Once there, quickly sift through and toss out unsolicited junk mailers, flyers, and postcards. Then handle the balance.  You have seen this one before in my blog, so I hope you are already doing this!

  • Have a Donation Bin on Hand--Here's another one I have encouraged you to do many times!!
Designating a place where you can put items you want to donate will prompt you to eliminate clutter before it has a chance to pile up. Try keeping a bin easily accessible.  I keep mine right in the closet and when full it goes right to the trunk of my car where I then take it to the charity of my choice.

Store Items where you Use Them--Again, this is something we have talked about a number of times.  Extra sets of sheets?  Keep them in the closet of the bedroom where they will be used.  


  • Conquer piles
If you have a pile problem, which I hope you don't if you are a long time reader of my blog, tell yourself this: “Everything in a pile is a deferred decision.” When you had the item in your hand, you did not decide where it should live so you set it down. The next “decision” landed on top of that one, and so on, leading to a stack of indecision. Change the habit: stop and think, “Wait, where should this go?” The extra seconds spent putting it in its correct spot will save you many minutes down the road. And nobody’s perfect: It’s okay to have a basket of “action items” so long as you also schedule a time to put them away.

  • Attach a Guilty Pleasure to a Chore
Plan an organizing session right before an activity you enjoy, like watching a movie or reading a book. It takes away some of the negative charge and motivates you to get the task done efficiently.  Hey, that's an easy one, right?

Their last one I am not listing because I hate it!  But, if you must satisfy your curiosity, go to http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/best-real-simple-advice
 


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