2013: The year to get organised

Organising is one of those things we know we should do but the longer we leave it, the harder it gets. No more excuses, 2013 is your year!

While there is no magic pill you can take to make your house organised, the resulting feeling of calm from being able to find things when you need them and being able to enjoy your home as a haven of rest is well worth the effort.

Not many people can claim to be naturally organised but an emerging industry of organisation specialists is stepping into homes and businesses to help whip this generation into shape. Heidi Leonard of Operation Organization is one such specialist and she has been kind enough to share some of her top tips:

  1. Write everything down. If your mind is cluttered, your home will be also. Don’t rely on your memory, write down your appointments, new contacts and things you have to do.
  2. Keep flat surfaces clear. Clutter is magnetic: As soon as you place one item on the dining room table or counter top, it will attract more. Establish a “no dumping” rule on all your surfaces.
  3. Find a place for everything. This does not mean a junk drawer but a specific place for things like loose change, keys, remote controls and batteries. This will save you time (and money) when you go to find that particular item.
  4. Never leave a room empty handed. Whenever you leave a room, do a quick scan for misplaced items like coffee cups, toys and papers that you can gather up and relocate on your way.
  5. File don’t pile. Create a command central and make sure all paperwork goes there. Assign a specific time each week to work through it and respond to or file documents.
  6. Purge and declutter often. Employ the “one in, one out rule”. When you purchase or are given something new, make an effort to remove a similar item you already own.
  7. Make a plan. Systems and routines save the day. Daily planners, family calendars, meal planners and cleaning checklists are all useful planning tools that can help make the running of your family smooth and painless.

Don’t put it off any longer! Even implementing just a few of these steps will help you feel more organised and less stressed in your home this year.

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