Have you ever started an organizing project and gotten so caught up in the details you lost sight of the overall goal? If the goal is to organize your desk, group your writing implements together; don't waste time grouping pencils with pencils or pens with pens. It's easier to start with broader categories when grouping like items together, then expand as you see fit.Tips on How to Keep Home + Office Organization Simple:
Keep Files As General As PossibleHave a file for "Receipts," rather than "Gas Receipts." If you find later on that you'd like to keep your automotive receipts separate then establish a separate receipt storage space.
Store Like Items TogetherStore your electronic gadget chargers (cell phone, camera, IPhone, blackberry, IPod, etc) in one storage space (one Ziploc bag, one drawer)--there's no need to break them up any further unless you are a member of the Geek Squad. See my tutorial on How to Sort & Group Items for more.
Avoid Over-ComplicatingYes, there is a such a thing as "over organizing." One afternoon I began breaking up my meager tool collection into Ziploc bags. I own one hammer, two screw drivers and about 10 nails and hooks to hang art work. There's no reason these can't go into one box labeled "tools." My goal was to store the tools, not sort objects I rarely handle.
Commit to Be "Organized Enough"You don't need to know exactly where your passport is at all times, but you do need to have a general idea. By this I mean, it's OK to know that your passport is in a desk drawer, and to not know exactly which desk drawer.
Bottom LineBegin with a general organizing scheme; if you find later on that you need more groups, implement them after you've done a trial run keeping it simple.
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