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Secrets of Getting OrganizedSecrets of Getting Organized

Secrets of Getting Organized Spring 2018

Secrets of Getting Organized digs into the step-by-step process behind getting organized. It features advice from published organization experts that includes tips and techniques to help you cut clutter, create manageable filing systems, and improve your home’s efficiency room by room. Real-life examples with problem-solving solutions along with innovative storage organizational products will help get you organized—and keep you organized.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Meredith Corporation
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IN THIS ISSUE

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editors’ letter

WHAT DO POWER CORDS, KID ART, AND FOOD STORAGE CONTAINERS HAVE IN COMMON? They’re all typically small but annoying household items we’ve addressed in our Sanity Savers series over the years. This issue’s story (“Organize Your Day,” page 16) is brimming with easy time-management tips that make a real difference, regardless of whether you use paper organizers, digital devices, or a mix of the two. Imagine tweaking a few habits and never missing a pickup time or meeting again. Whatever your specific organizing pain points, you’ll find solutions in this issue, including ideas for clothing and shoes (page 70), toys (page 60), and remote controls (page 32). Is your garage or dining room overflowing with the minutiae of family life? Turn to “Living Large” (page 78) and “Command Performance” (page 26) for…

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shared spaces

This three-day Clutter Cleanse is all about sharing: shared spaces, shared chaos, and shared fixes. Your family room, vehicle, and refrigerator are challenging areas to declutter, but they’re definitely worth the effort. The changes you make to these areas will benefit your entire family, and getting everyone working from the same clutter-busting playbook will yield even greater benefits. Here are some great tips for cleansing the clutter from shared spaces. LEAD THE CHARGE. Stop waiting for someone to take care of the clutter in your home. If you’re reading this and wanting to declutter, you’re probably the best person to initiate a cleanse. RECRUIT HELP. If your family working together sounds like a fantasy, take a more realistic approach. Identify the tasks you need help on and make specific requests with concrete deadlines.…

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4 tricks that encourage teamwork

ONE OWN YOUR STUFF. An ID tag is more than a label; it’s also a subtle sign of responsibility. Add name labels to duplicate items (tablets, water bottles, umbrellas) and require owners to clean up their stuff. Similarly, a bin with a person’s name becomes an approved drop zone for personal items and in-progress projects. Anything lingering outside your bin is clutter. 2 KEEP IT IN BOUNDS. CLUTTER GROWS TO FIT ITS CONTAINER, SO CHOOSE THE RIGHT-SIZE BIN OR BASKET TO SET LIMITS (SUCH AS THE NUMBER OF TOYS ALLOWED IN THE LIVING ROOM). DEDICATE ONE SHELF TO A COLLECTION AND EDIT DOWN YOUR ITEMS TO FIT. THREE MAKE IT ROUTINE. ONE AT A TIME, ADD A SINGLE, SPECIFIC TASK TO YOUR REGIMEN AND SOON YOU HAVE A HABIT. FOR EXAMPLE, BEFORE LEAVING FOR WORK, COMMIT TO CLEARING…

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family room

ASK YOURSELF 1. HOW DO I FEEL AS I SCAN THE ROOM? Stand in the center of your family room and slowly turn 360 degrees. Note every time you feel a tinge of sadness, annoyance, or any other negative emotion. (This is best done with a partner, saying each feeling out loud.) The areas that activate emotions need attention first and likely offer great decluttering opportunities. 2. WHAT DO WE ACTUALLY DO HERE? Write down every activity that happens in your space. Identify the top three or four family activities by a group vote and declutter to encourage these activities. Consider relocating activities to other spaces (such as doing yoga in a bedroom) or focusing on portable solutions for activities enjoyed by just one person (a tote for a favorite crochet project rather than…

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vehicle

ASK YOURSELF 1. IS IT USABLE? Pull everything out of your vehicle, item by item. As you touch each one, assess it. Does it need to be in your car? Is it in good working order? Your answer should be yes to both questions. In addition to disposing of wrappers and receipts, toss old maps, broken ice scrapers, torn umbrellas, and dried-out pens. Test all emergency and first-aid gear. Give your car’s interior a good vacuuming and wiping down. 2. WHAT GOES WHERE? As you load gear back into your vehicle, assign specific duties to each pocket, pouch, and storage compartment. Designate the glove box for papers and maps only, door pockets for umbrellas, and seat pockets for kid stuff. If something doesn’t have an obvious home, determine if you need to add a…

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refrigerator

ASK YOURSELF 1. WHAT’S EDIBLE AND WHAT DO YOU ACTUALLY EAT? Start any refrigerator decluttering project by discarding everything inedible or past its use-by date. While you’re at it, toss foods no one ever eats. Use apps and websites like supercook.com to plan dishes that incorporate unused ingredients. If doing this sounds like a chore, refrain from purchasing items you’ll likely use only once. 2. DOES IT EVEN BELONG IN THE FRIDGE? Where you store many food items is a matter of personal preference. If fridge space is tight, consider moving breads to a cabinet or drawer, store-bought nut butters to the pantry, snack fruits to a bowl, and butter and even some cheeses to a countertop container. 3. AM I SHELF SMART? Many people never reposition fridge shelves. Empty your refrigerator completely and refill to…

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