Let’s Get Organized – No Super Powers Necessary
By Jennifer Snyder
You're not a superhero? Well, neither am I. We are all just non-superheroes doing our neat, non-superhero things, right?
Trust me no one has the ability to wave a magic wand and instantly be clutter free and organized (although, that would be an amazing power to possess). Instead of magic wands, most neat people simply do a little work each day and adhere to a few simple guidelines to keep from being overwhelmed by an avalanche of clutter.
These are not laws, but these are the routines and guidelines I recommend to keep clutter at bay:
Have a place for everything
. Something without a home will always be out of place and cluttering up your space. Everything needs a home so you can find it when you need it.
When you are finished using something, put it away
. Things will always be lost if they are somewhere other than their proper home. Avoid wasting time hunting for things, simply put items back when finished using them. If finished using something for good, put it in the trash, recycling, shredder, or donation bin.
The fewer things you own, the fewer things you have to store, maintain, put away, clean, insure, etc.
You don't need to be a minimalist, just focus on getting rid of the clutter so you're only caring for the things you value.
Only own things with utility and things that bring you happiness
. Not everything in your home needs to be useful, but the things that aren't useful need to at least make you happy. If you have a knickknack that you curse every time you dust, it's time for the knickknack to be passed along to someone else. If something was once useful is no longer, it's time to get rid of it, too.
One in, one out
. If you buy a replacement item, get rid of the inferior one you are replacing.
Everyone does his/her part
. Everyone sharing your living space, including you, needs to lend a hand around the house out of respect for the others living in the space. Regardless of how you choose to divvy up the major load of housework, everyone should: put away items after they use them, put their dirty clothes in the dirty clothes hamper, and clean up all messes he/she makes.
Do a little every day
. When you do a few minutes of dedicated work on your home each day, you can pretty much cover everything you need to do over the course of a week.
You don't need to be a superhero to follow these seven little guidelines. You, too, can be Neat — no super powers necessary.
Have a Neat day!
Jennifer Snyder, Certified Professional Organizer
Neat as a Pin Organizing Experts, Owner
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