Organizing 101

Organization is a big market–it seems like people are always coming up with new and improved ways to control the clutter and get things in order.

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From organizing holiday decorations (where on earth to store the artificial Christmas tree and boatload of ornaments you never use?) to organizing kids’ closets (how long has that lunchbox been down there?!), there are tips and tricks to getting your home in order. Here are a few easy tips for basic, everyday changes that make a big difference in the overall organization of your home.

1. Find a place for everything.

“A place for everything, and everything in its place” has become so cliché that it’s easy to ignore. But this is a time-tested organizational strategy that really works!

You can break the process into bite-sized chunks by moving through your home one room at a time. Start with a section of a room–a desk, for instance, then an end table, then a set of shelves. Don’t let yourself just relocate the clutter; make sure there’s a place for everything as you go through, or get rid of it. You’ll thank yourself later.

2. Build teamwork.

Unless the whole family is on board, your organizational journey will feel more like a treadmill set on an Olympian’s pace. Talk to your spouse and kids about working together to creatively solve organizational dilemmas and develop a game plan to stay on track.

3. Be creative.

Sometimes organization isn’t just a matter of taking the time to put things where they belong. If you live in an apartment or a small home with limited storage space, you’ll have to look for creative ideas to find all the right places–like using the insides of cabinet doors or repurposing shower curtain rings to organize scarves. Check out this site for a wealth of clever storage ideas that make organization easy, attractive and affordable.

By working through your space a bit at a time, making small, day-to-day changes, and enlisting your family’s help, finding your inner Martha Stewart will be easier–and more effective–than ever.