How to Get Organized

Being a well-organized person can affect every area of your life and make day-to-day living easier and more fun.

You will need

  • Schedule
  • Decisiveness
  • Containers and compartments
  • Restrictions
  • Turntables
  • Calendar
  • Checklists (optional)

Step 1 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.

Step 2 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.

Step 3 Assign locations Assign everything a location. Remember — “a place for everything and everything in its place.”

Step 4 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.

Step 5 Arrange areas 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.

Step 6 Remove clutter 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.

Step 7 Change storage 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.

Step 8 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.