Organizing With Labels

Tip:  Use labels to learn and remember the designated home for items.  The label will reinforce the action of putting an item back in it’s designated home.  Use quality labels that are clear and legible.  A label doesn’t have to be just words, especially in a toy room.  You can use stickers, photos, or magazine clippings.

Organizing Mail

Tip:  Fill your mailbox with happy mail by removing yourself from unwanted and junk mailing list.  Try these websites:

1.  www.dmaconsumers.org

2.  www.junkmailstopper.com

3.  www.catalogchoice.org

Organizing by Use

Tip:  Store items where you use them.  For example, no mater where you read, whether it’s in bed, on the couch, at the kitchen table or in your favorite chair in the den, make space for what you read close to where you read it.

To Keep or Not Keep

Tip:  If making the decision to keep or not keep is too difficult, do the following.  Pack up the items and label the container with a list of contents and the date the items were packed.  Store the container in an out of the way location for one year.  If you look for items in the container within the year, consider keeping those items only.  If you don’t, get rid of all the items in the container.

Containers for Organizing

Tip:  When searching for an appropriate container to store items, take these 5 aspects into consideration, proper fit, durability, manageability, dimensions, and labeling options.  Remember that function should take prescience over ascetics.  I recommend getting a container you like, because you’ll be much more apt to use it.