Your annual spring-cleaning marathon is over and hopefully, you made some progress on organizing your walk-in or reach-in closet, home office, pantry, garage or mudroom. But if you cleaned a month ago and you’re already noticing more clutter buildup, you might start feeling discouraged. There’s nothing like finishing a big organization project and finding things out of place so soon. This isn’t uncommon if you haven’t integrated organization into your daily routines and come up with solutions that will help you not just get organized, but stay organized day after day, week after week. You’ve got to think about organization a little differently to keep your house neat and tidy for weeks at a time. Here’s how.
It’s finally warming up in the Delaware Valley; after a number of false starts, it looks like summer might be here to stay this time. But for many people without walk-in or large reach-in closets, this likely means it’s time to pack away fall, winter and early spring clothes to make room for maxi dresses, shorts, light sweaters, tank tops and even summer-y handbags.
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You get home from a busy day at work and drop your workbag and shoes just inside the door. You drape your coat over a chair and put your keys on the kitchen counter. And you hurriedly stash a few items your kids left on the kitchen table in your designated “junk drawer”. By following these routines, you might think your home is organized. But it may actually be harder to find things when you need them and to generally maintain order, which only makes daily life more stressful.
Our phones may be the best way to connect and share with our friends and family, but they can also help us stay organized. If you’re struggling to stay organized, make your digital sidekick work a little harder for you by investing in some of the best apps for organization. Believe me, no matter what level of organization you’re trying to achieve, there’s an app for that. Here are the top apps to help you organize your life, save time and work a little bit smarter.
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.