The basic rules of organization are applicable to all areas of our lives. The 3 R’s I use for organizing a closet, are the same rules I use for work space, relationships, etc.
Here are my five tips to achieving organization across the board:
Taking Inventory/ Decluttering: It may trigger anxiety and dread for some, but once you decide to let what’s been holding you back go, you will instantly feel lighter, and accomplished.
-Retain: Items you keep
-Reward: Items you give away
-Remove: Items you discard
Designated Spaces: Every item you have needs a designated location. Just remember, your bed and TV have designated areas. Why can’t your shoes, purses, and sports equipment be given the same courtesy?
Visibility: Out of sight, out of mind. It’s just that simple. If you don’t see it, you won’t use it. If you don’t use it, you forget you have it. It needs to be visible in order to be utilized.
Color Coordination: Maintaining documents in a colored folder really helps in keeping what's important in one specific place. For vital documents, store them in red folders. The color used should grab your attention. For example, birth certificates, marriage licenses, wills, social security cards, passports, etc. should go in a red folder. If you don’t like red, that’s perfectly fine. Just be sure to use a color that you will remember in case of an emergency. Lastly, don’t forget to put the documents in there!
Plan, plan, and plan: Taking 10 minutes before you go to bed will save you hours of being unorganized in the morning. Be sure to save or jot down tasks that need to be tackled the next day. This gives you the blueprint for what you need to accomplish the next day, rather than forgetting major tasks.