|The Major Mom team has made it our mission to educate and help people learn more about the benefits of being truly organized. The results have been very exciting as we are in the news, television, radio, online and in publications. The message is resonating well with our clients and thousands of others who wish their lives were free from clutter and confusion.|
Top Ten Organizing Tips
- Start small—one drawer, one closet, one room.
- Designate a place for everything and put everything in its place.
- Store like things together.
- Place frequently used items in easily accessible locations.
- Design age appropriate spaces and systems for children.
- Label, label, label!
- In with the new…out with the old!
- Establish a family communication center in a central location of your home.
- Have an inbox for each family member for items such as mail and schoolwork.
- Involve all family members throughout the organizing process.
|REWARDS FOR DECLUTTERING & ORGANIZING|
|1. Save time -- things can be quickly and easily located, less stuff means there is less to dust and clean!|
2. Save money – no more buying things you already own or don't need.
3. Enjoy having customized, achievable and sustainable solutions.
4. Use your space again
5. Better health—cook more at home because you love your kitchen
6. Increased personal energy
7. Better relationships with your husband and children because you no longer need to argue about the chaos.
8. Alleviate the stress clutter causes.
9. Step out of the past and into the future
10. Make room for the new: opportunities, relationships, material possessions
11. Surrounded by things you love and enjoy.
|TWELVE WAYS TO SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE|
Each time you come home, take in an armful of items from your car. Getting into a clean car is such a great feeling!
Make a pledge to use up your current inventory of lotions, hair care, and other personal products before buying more. If you’re really honest and don’t see yourself using them, toss them out!
You can’t afford to keep paying bills late. Sign up for auto-pay on recurring bills and cancel paper statements. Assign one collection point for non-recurring bills and select one day each month to pay those bills.
If someone held all your clothing hostage and you had to pay a ransom for each item you wanted back, which pieces would you pay for? Those are the clothes you love. Donate the others.
Have 3 boxes: donate, elsewhere, and trash. Start in one room, working clockwise. Items that you find that belong in another room go in the ‘elsewhere’ box. Items you don’t need go in ‘donate.’ Work for 20 minutes each day and then put things from the elsewhere box in the appropriate rooms.
Minimize cleaning time by minimizing your décor. Donate items that are no longer inspiring to you and that feel outdated or tired-looking.
The locale for everything gadget-y. Thin out specialty tools that rarely get used. Store them elsewhere in a seasonal or entertaining area or let them go.
Take the frustration out of meal planning. Subscribe to online meal-planning sites such as www.e-mealz.com, www.foodonthetable.com, or www.myweeklyfig.com.
Perhaps the most overwhelming of all. Imagine being paperless, how good that would feel! Start by going paperless. Cancel magazine & catalog subscriptions (call the 800# inside, it only takes 2 minutes!) and junkmail (www.donotmail.org).
Plan out your week or month in advance. Mark down work commitments and personal time. What tasks, errands, appointments and events are you going to do? Kindly say no to events that would require you to over-commit yourself. Simply say, “I’d love to, but I already have commitments that day.”
Too many toys in the room? Put some aside and rotate toys every few weeks to keep things fresh for the kids. They’ll ask for their favorites. Are there toys they never seem to miss or they’ve outgrown? You guessed it, donate or toss them!