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.

Organizing Photos

Tip:   Organized photos, whether they’re digital or actual prints by theme.  First gather them up, purge the blurred and oops ones, and then sort and store by theme.  Organizing photos by theme is much easier than trying to determine the chronological order of each individual picture.  Some themes may be birthdays, holidays, school events, weddings, anniversaries, and family vacations.



Organizing Manuals

Tip: Store product manuals and instructions in one file with three subcategories, kitchen, children and other.  Be honest with yourself when asking if you’ll ever reference this information again.  If not, don’t keep the manual or instructions.  Manuals often come in more than one language, only keep the language you reference.  Sort through this file every year and recycle all that you can.

Organizing Paper

Tip: Store papers, files and information vertically.  This prevents piles from forming, growing and taking over.  It also allows easier access, with less frustration when returning and retrieving papers, files and information.