Everyone has at least one incredibly organized friend, relative or co-worker. It’s that person who always knows details about a meeting at work, what time dinner starts or where the phone charger is. If she doesn’t know the answer immediately, there’s a great chance she’s got a system for finding out quickly. Organized people tend to be less stressed and more efficient. Rather than running around the house looking for keys, they know exactly where they are. They also have a clear method for arranging their house and accomplishing new things.
Moving is not pretty or pleasant. But it’s something that has to be done from time to time. One of the reasons it’s such a pain is that you’re stuck moving all of your stuff of all shapes and sizes from one location to another. You’ve purchased furniture, vases and plates and long discarded the boxes they came in. And you’ve amassed a wardrobe over the years, making small purchases here and there, bringing your clothes home in bags until they find a home in your closet. So when it’s time to pack up all of your belongings, it can seem like a serious chore.
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Your teen’s bedroom is the room in your house most likely to look like a disaster area. It’s the room you dread entering for fear of the unknown. When you crack open that door, you could be faced with clothes—dirty and clean—strewn about the floor, an unmade bed, a disorganized closet, a mess of a desk and who knows how many dirty cups and bowls sitting on your kid’s dresser, night stand, desk and floor. If your teenager’s bedroom looks like a scene from a horror movie, listen up. You can help him or her get organized this summer by providing the right tools to put things back where they belong. You’ll both be happier because of it.
The garage ranks high along with the basement for spaces where families tend to dump things they don’t know what to do with. It’s easy to store a box you never unpacked, some outdoor equipment or some unused paint in your garage and simply ignore the fact that it’s there when you pull in your car each night.
Linen closets, whether in your bathroom or in the hall, often become a catchall for towels, sheets, blankets and myriad toiletries. The space can quickly become disorganized—so much so that when you open the door and reach for a blanket on a high shelf, duvets, quilts and towels come tumbling down on your head. Sigh.
Take a look at your closet right now. There’s a good chance the space is overstuffed and disorganized, which can make getting ready in the morning downright dreadful. You might spend 10 minutes looking for the perfect outfit that shows your style and creativity and, after searching through your closet, you settle on an outfit you wore last week.