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Whether you're a certified hoarder or are just messy, get things put away, organized, and under control with this Howcast series.
You Will Need
- Containers and compartments
- Checklists (optional)
Maintain a schedule
Maintain a written weekly schedule of responsibilities for everyday responsibilities. Routines aid in accomplishing tasks quickly and efficiently, allowing you to stay focused.
Throw things out
Throw things out. Determine whether something is needed and then take action. If you haven't used something in a year, pitch it -- it's time to get lean, mean, and organized.
Assign everything a location. Remember -- "a place for everything and everything in its place."
Stack, rack, and box
Use containers, baskets, shelves, and cabinets for commonly-used items so they're easier to find. Keep your containers stacked, racked, boxed, bagged, or hung.
Arrange desktops, cooking areas, dressers, and counters with self-contained units and compartments dedicated to objects and utensils for a clean look and easy access.
Keep your dining room, kitchen, and end tables clear of clutter. Restrict paperwork to personal rooms or an office area, and unneeded clutter can be trashed.
Change from round storage containers to more sensible and space-saving square ones. Install two-tiered turntables in cabinets, and take advantage of space by replacing cookbooks with less bulky, plastic-sleeved recipe pages.
Take advantage of the organization
Put everyone's routine on your kitchen or computer calendar, and then schedule a family night when everyone's free to do something together.