Get Organized! Step 4: ANALYZE

by Kelsey Norwood

in Home,Making Over

Organizing Tip #1: Plan
Organizing Tip #2: Sort
Organizing Tip #3: Strategize

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As you go through your house, notice where clutter collects and focus on finding a solution for those areas.

We had a mail issue. Paper causes organization problems for most people. We pay our bills upstairs in the office and keep our shredder up there as well. About half of our mail each day needs to be shredded, but it wasn’t really happening. All the papers were ending up on the floor next to the shredder.

We took the shredder downstairs and put it between the wall and the couch in the living room, where I usually sit to open the mail. We also put a trash can back there. Now I can open the mail, toss, and shred without getting up. Our paper problem has been solved.

Analyzing the problem areas in your house is vital. Walk through your house and notice what is and isn’t working. The areas that need help are the areas with clutter. Let your house and your habits point out solutions for you. Good luck!

[photo from cluttercontrolfreak.com]

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Julie Perez January 12, 2010 at 11:20 am

I think that we often feel like failures if we can’t make things work the way our mothers or friends do, but moving something to fit your needs is a great idea! Sure, someone may wonder why you don’t keep the paper shredder next to the computer in hte den like everyone else in the world, but they will be admiring your sparkling clean abode at the same time!

2 Julie Perez January 12, 2010 at 11:28 am

Love this post!

3 Kimberly R January 12, 2010 at 11:59 am

Thank you so much for sharing your organizational tips – I really related to #4 and the overlaod of mail. I will be taking this tip and using it to help declutter.

4 Deborah January 12, 2010 at 2:01 pm

This is a serious problem in our house. Any flat surface gets piled high with things that a person can bother to put where it goes at that moment. We’ll be trying to get this under control this year.

5 Kiersten January 12, 2010 at 8:38 pm

That is such a huge deal for me–I have to be honest with myself and make room for things where I know they will end up, if that made any sense. I have a little file organizer in my kitchen for bills and mail and things. I’d love to have it back in the office, but I know that when I walk in the door, the first thing I’m going to do is throw the mail down on the counter, not walk it clear to the back of my house.

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