Organizing Your Home Office
Minimize visual clutter on your desk, reducing the knick knacks will help you focus and therefore be more productive, saving time.
Spend a half an hour each day sorting and throwing out papers in your “to do” box. It saves you from becoming overwhelmed by having so much “stuff” to do. You will save yourself a lot of stress and also be able to delegate things you didn’t even know you had to do.
Set guidelines for the paperwork you keep in your filing system. For example, how long do you really need to keep your utility bills? 6 months is a good rule of thumb.
Organizing Your Closets
Make a point to change out hangers in your closet at least every 3 years. Wooden hangers get splinters and plastic hangers get bent. Also, plastic hangers have wear and tear just like tires. I promise you will look at your closet in a different way, and you won’t spend a dime on any new clothes. You will find things you didn’t know you had.
Save time getting ready in the morning by organizing your outfits the night before. It also reduces the stress of deciding what to wear when you're on a deadline to get out the door.
Put a shopping bag in your closet for items you don’t like anymore, can't wear anymore because of size changes or items you just want to purge. It’s also a good way to train others you share your closet with to purge their items as well. At the end of every month take the clothing and other items you purged to your local church, Goodwill or Salvation Army and get a receipt for a tax deduction.
Creating a Home Communications/Command Center
If your family’s life is chaotic due to everyone having a different schedule, set up a communications center in the most commonly used area of your home, usually in the kitchen, which is the heart of the home. But not on the outside of your fridge, because there’s really not enough space there for a family calendar, mail bin, and bulletin board… not to mention it looks cluttered. A separate communications center in your kitchen will help keep clutter from building up. It will also cut down on being late or forgetting important events.
Let your children take ownership of the fun activities they enjoy and let them help you put those on the calendar. This will help teach them organization and hold them accountable for their schedules too!
Post the meal planning guide to your communication center so everyone knows what to expect for dinner. This will alleviate uncertainly, minimize complaints and help with time management in regard to preparation.
Tonia Tomlin is the Founder and President of Sorted Out™ and Sorted Out Publishing. Tonia is an author, publisher, speaker and mother of twin girls. She has been featured on HGTV’s, Mission: Organization, and is the author of the book Chaos 2 Calm: The Moms-of-Multiples’ Guide to an Organized Family. For more information, please email: Tonia@SortedOut.biz or visit www.SortedOut.biz.