10 Easy Ways to Get Organized

by Jill Cooper


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  • Hang up your keys. (Preferably by the door.)

  • Find a place for your purse, coat, gloves and other frequently used items and always keep them there.

  • Make your bed each day as soon as you crawl out of it.

  • Get dressed. Even if you are a stay-at-home mom or your job is at home, get dressed. Clothes really do make the man or woman. You'll be just as productive as you are dressed which means if you are dressed for sleep (pajamas, sweats or a robe), then you will get about as much work done as you would when you are sleeping. That may be stretching it, but you get my point.
  • Wash the dishes and wipe the counters after each meal. No matter how large or small the meal or how tired and in a hurry you are, do the dishes. Even if you are hurried or late in the morning, you wouldn't dream of leaving the house half dressed. Make leaving your kitchen clean as important a priority as getting dressed for work. This may seem impossible at first, but once you are on top of things, it should only take five or ten minutes to clean your kitchen.

  • Get rid of trash. About 50% of what unorganized people have in their homes is trash or stuff they will never use again. Stop wasting time taking care of it, moving it or stepping over it. As you walk through the house, pick up garbage and toss it.

  • Control your laundry. Don't let it control you. Follow these simple steps to help keep your laundry from taking over your home:

    1. Place a hamper or basket for dirty clothes in each bedroom and/or bath. Make sure that everyone's dirty clothes are put in the hamper before bed and in the morning.

    2. The laundry isn't done until it is put away. Get out of the mind set that if it is washed and dried it is done. Folding and putting it away is equally as important.

    3. Some of us think that if we get the laundry washed and dried that's all we need to do and it's okay for the family to just pull stuff out of a pile. That makes as much sense as cooking a meal and expecting everyone to stand at the stove and take turns scooping the food out of the pan and eating it one spoonful at a time. You wouldn't dream of doing that. Yes, the food is cooked, but the meal is not complete until the table is set and the food is put on plates. Do the same for your laundry. Put it away.

  • Pick up continually. This may seem like a pain to do at first, but if you stick with it, it will become a habit. I didn't realize how much of a habit it had become for me until I was visiting my daughter's the other day. As I was walking into the kitchen, I picked up empty glasses and odds and ends on my way. Then when I walked from the kitchen to the bedroom, I picked up toys as I went in there. It wasn't even my house, but I had seen something out of place. Out of habit, I picked it up. Every sock or glass that you walk past is a spore waiting to flourish into a vortex of debris. Catch it while it is small!

  • Read and dispose of newspapers and magazines. There are usually two reasons people have stacks of newspapers and magazines piled around:

    1. They want to save an article in it. If that is the case, then cut the article out as you are reading the magazine and file it. Trust me, you not only won't cut that article out at a later time, but you probably won't remember what or where it is.

    2. They don't have time to read them. If you aren't going to read them, then why are you subscribing to them? Stop your subscriptions. This doesn't have to be an all or nothing thing. If you can't keep up with the daily newspaper, then just get the Sunday paper. Most people usually have more leisure time on Sunday to read it. Pick out one or two of your favorite magazines and stop subscribing to the rest.

  • With any item, if it is broken or you don't use it anymore get rid of it. That includes clothes, toys, furniture, decorations, dishes and exercise equipment. If it's not important enough to fix right now, you don't need it!

Jill Cooper and Tawra Kellam are frugal living experts and the editors of LivingOnADime.com/. As a single mother of two, Jill Cooper started her own business without any capital and paid off $35,000 debt in 5 years on $1,000 a month income. Tawra and her husband paid off $20,000 debt in 5 years on $22,000 a year income.

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