11. Streamline your garage.
Not just for cars anymore, the garage, when organized into zones can be a place to work on home improvement projects and even used for entertaining in warmer climates.
When to Organize: This one depends on how you use your garage. If you're a "weekend warrior" doing a lot of home improvement projects that use your garage space, then you want to do a full re-org every season; those who simply use this space to store the car can get away with organizing it once or twice a year.
The holidays are so stressful for most people that having a plan of attack is a no-brainer. Start by making lists early and using the slower month of November to do your cards and organize decorations and meal plans. I have lots of resources to help you!
When to Organize: Take advantage of the (relatively) slower weeks at the beginning of November and start your holiday organizing early.
13. Get your laundry room in good working order.
An organized laundry room will make this dreaded task a little bit easier, especially since laundry rooms tend to be clutter magnets ("Oh, I'm not sure what to do with this new widget someone gave me. I'll just put it in the laundry room.")
If your laundry room is also meant to be a storage space, make sure you organize it into zones to keep the tools you need to clean your clothes separate from the storage items.
When to Organize: Every time you do a load of laundry, clear the clutter, empty the lint trap, and empty the garbage. Then do a re-org twice a year.
14. Organize and tidy the living room.
Because the living room is meant to be a relaxing environment, it’s important to arrange it in a way that keeps things simple and uncluttered. This will mean working on it regularly to declutter and purge the space of things like extra magazines, locate and organize remote controls and toys, and un-coil wires and cables.
When to Organize: Tackle the living room as part of your weekly routine by decluttering and cleaning.
Paper, when not kept in check, can really cause a lot stress in your home. Piles of mail and stacks of magazines become signs of clutter and you may be tempted to a) just toss everything or b) ignore it for far too long. Get in the habit of regularly sorting, recycling and shredding your mail and papers.
When to Organize: Resist the urge to shove this in a box for "later," and begin sorting, responding to, and recycling or shredding mails on a daily or (at least) weekly basis.
- Getting Started with Paper Management
- How to Stop Junk Mail
- How to Manage Paper Clutter on a Weekly Basis
- What to Shred Checklist
- How to Organize Magazine Clutter
- How Long to Keep Documents
- How to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft
- How to Manage Mail
- How I Manage My Personal Mail
- How to Choose a Shredder
Meal planning is such a time saver I wish I had incorporated this habit into my weekly routine years ago. Planning your meals out a few days in advance will assist you in keeping your kitchen, grocery shopping, and coupons organized, and your daily and weekly routines going strong.
When to Organize: Incorporate meal planning into your weekly routine, and then review your plan daily, editing your grocery list and your coupons.
Organizing your routines will take decision making out of the equation, freeing up time to start doing and accomplishing. Example: if you know every single Monday you work on your kitchen, then you will spend less time worrying about when you're going to clean and declutter your kitchen.
When to Organize: Review your routines at least once a month. This allows you to adjust what is, and what is not working..
- How to Follow a Routine to Be Organized
- Get Started Following Routines
- Daily Organizing Routine
- Weekly Organizing Routine
- Monthly Organizing Routine
- Get More Done with a Daily Routine
- How to Create a Daily Routine
- How to Stick to a Daily Routine
- Daily Checklist
- 10 Tips for a Better Daily Routine
- Erin Duran's Pro Advice on Daily Routines
- Wendy Salmon's Pro Advice on Daily Routines
- Daily Routine Reading List
18. Store your shoes properly.
I'm combine shoe organization and storage because the two go hand-in-hand. Shoe have always been a huge pain for me, especially since I live in a climate with four distinct seasons: snow and ice, mud, humidity and then leaf-peeing aka Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.
When to Organize: I organize shoes seasonally since I live in a four-season climate. Those who live in warmer areas can get away with twice a year.
- How to Organize Your Shoes & Boots
- How to Declutter Your Shoes & Boots
- How to Plan Shoe & Boot Storage Solutions
- How to Maintain Shoe & Boot Organization
- How to Store Your Shoe Collection
- Where to Store Shoes
- Top Shoe Storage Solutions
- Install Your Own Shoe Shelving
- Find the Shoe Rack That Fits Your Shoe Collection
- See How Celebrities Store Their Shoes
- Store Shoes and Accessories Together in a Shoe Tower
- 5 Options for Boot Storage
- How to Store Every Kind of Boot You Own
Small closets need more TLC than their larger counterparts. The great thing about small closets is that they discourage hoarding; there is literally no room to hide the clothes you haven't worn in years.
The downside is you need to stay on top of closet clutter more often than with a larger closet space.
When to Organize: Declutter this space twice weekly, and do then do a re-organization once a month. You can do this every-other-month if you are stringent about decluttering once a week.
20. Declutter, organize and manage your storage spaces.
Storage spaces can be so powerful because they keep things you need sometimes-but-not-every-day organized and easy-to-find. Cases in point: holiday decorations which you need for a few months a year, but not every day, or your flip flops which you need in the summer, but not in the winter.
Storing items means they are not crowing out the stuff you really need immediately.
When to Organize: Go through storage spaces seasonally.