Organizing Your Home

How to organize your home quickly and efficiently.

You look around you and are appalled at how quickly the mess has gathered. After all, didn't you just give your home a good scrubbing last spring? And already, a year later, it's a mess again.

This is how you start:

* Unfortunately, most people are going to have to do a major cleaning up of their home at least to get started. I suggest starting in the room that needs the least amount of work. You won't feel so overwhelmed and, after seeing the end result, you'll be ready to tackle the next room on the list.

* You'll likely laugh at this, but the key to motivation, I believe, is music. Not slow, relaxing music either. The stuff that really makes you want to move. My favorite song to clean to is the oldie, "I Will Survive."

* Begin with the obvious clutter- papers lying about, junk mail, letters you just can't part with. Buy some file folders and file accordingly, if you can't throw something away. The point is...get it put away.

* Next, arm yourself with boxes, bags, and cleaning supplies. Find out about the joy of sorting and purging. If you can't throw it away, can you give it away? If you can't give it away, ask yourself why. If you answer any of the following, get rid of it: Well, I might use it someday..., But, my great aunt's cousin gave this to me... As soon as you've sorted, get it out of the house. You'll need a break now anyway, so get out of the house and either take it to charity or the dump.

* After you've purged, it's time to organize what you've still got. Go Shopping! Buy containers and compartments for organizing. These come in all shapes and sizes, and really do help. You can purchase these for offices, bathrooms, closets, kid's rooms, anywhere.

So, now that you know how to organize, let's take a look at the most common problem areas:

* The Office- The most common problem here is paper. Like I stated above, get rid of it. If you can't throw it away, file it!

* Kid's Rooms- Toys are the most common problem here. After cleaning your home, you'll probably have more than enough for a garage sale, so explain to your kids that whatever toys they get rid of, they can make money to save up for whatever they want. It's important to include them in this process because you want them to understand the hassles of cleaning, and you can teach them about the value of giving to people in need.

* Bathroom Clutter- Women are victims! We believe the promises that miracle creams and makeup promise and rush right out to buy them. The end result usually isn't what the label on the package promises though, but we don't see the sense in throwing away these products. This results in tubes, bottles, and packages of unused and un-needed products. Our first impulse is to give them to friends or family, but do you really want to be responsible for cluttering up their bathrooms? I suggest donating products to a woman's outreach organization. These women often don't have the means to purchase makeup and clothes for job interviews, so donate yours. If you can't donate it, throw it away. Don't kid yourself into thinking you'll use it someday.

The biggest mistake most people make is to hang on to the things they don't really need. Ask yourself if you can live without it. You'll be surprised at how often you can.

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