Thursday, January 6, 2011

Best Organization Tricks

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Today's Topic: Best Organization Tricks

I love organizing things!  I just recently purged every closet in my house of items no longer needed and organized everything.  I have a few tricks for keeping things in order.

1. Use containers.  I use a variety of sizes and shapes to organize everything from craft supplies to bathroom toiletries to food items in my pantry.  They are great at keeping small items corralled.  Everything in its place! 

2. Have a good filing system.  To keep a handle on paperwork and bills, we use an accordion file folder and label each section by month.  We put all bills and important paperwork in the corresponding month.  Once the year is over, we store them by category in a large file cabinet.  We pay most of our bills online which cuts down on the paperwork.

3. Create a place for "stuff".   Select a spot to store items like keys, cell phones, etc... so they don't get lost!  We have a hanging organizer near our front door that holds keys and has slots to hold stuff.

4. Plan ahead.  Get clothes, bags, purses, etc... ready the night before so that mornings go smoothly.  As a mommy, this is critical.  I actually plan menus, get outfits ready for the entire week, etc... on Sundays so I'm ready for the week.

5. Invest in a day planner.  I would be lost without my planner.  It helps me keep track of important events and obligations so I don't miss them.  I also keep a planning calendar in my kitchen so that I see everything in two places.

Those are my tips.  Can't wait to see what everyone else suggests!


9 comments:

Bre said...

Well come on over and start organizing :) I'm in major need of help LOL and have no suggestions

Redheadedmom said...

Following you back from www.atozformomslikeme.blogspot.com

If your serious about getting things organized you might want to check out my post on the current Tupperware sale on modular mates- they're all 40% off this month! And on top of that I'm giving everyone my cost until the 14th which is an extra 25% off of sale prices! So that makes everything WAY cheap!
It's my way of helping everyone get organized for super cheap :)

Meghan said...

What type of planner do you use? I don't have bought tons in the past that I don't use for longer than a few weeks because I don't like them...

Emily said...

Love your tips Lisa! I completely agree with all of them! Although I don't use a paper planner, my husband and I both have iphones and share our calendars on there. It really works so that we are both in sync with what is going on!

Caroline said...

Containers are a life saver. I especially love the clear ones. It makes life so much easier.

Kit said...

I would be lost too with out my planner!

MJ said...

I love using planners...helps to keep track of life! :)

Leah said...

My planner is my best friend!!

Kristy said...

I like your accordion file folder idea! Think I'll pick one up next time I'm out. Thanks!!