5 Most Common Organizational Starters
By Patricia Diesel
As the New Year approaches, we begin thinking about the things we would like to accomplish in the coming year. We don't have to wait until spring to begin cleaning and getting organized, you can start with little projects right now to get yourself motivated.
Here are some suggestions on where and how to begin:
1. Makeup Bag Anything older than a year, such as lipsticks, foundations and concealers, toss it out. If mascara is older than four months or smells strange, discard it, as well as any other items that may be questionable.
2. Purse Scale it down. There's nothing appealing about lugging around a heavy handbag and not being able to find your wallet and keys. It can be extremely frustrating emptying your purse every time you need to find something.
3. Kitchen Drawer Do you have too many spoons, not enough forks, and knives that don't cut? Sales are always on the horizon, so why not think about purchasing some new silverware and get that drawer organized once and for all. What to do with the old set you ask? Why not donate them to a favorite charity, ask a college student if they may need them, or use them as a back-up for summer picnics.
4. Desk Drawer I'm sure you will find everything here short of your kitchen sink, but let's streamline things and keep the basic essentials to help you out in last-minute pinches. Antiperspirants - for those stressful days Breath mints - after your morning coffee Eye drops - restore moisture after too many hours on the computer Lint roller - remove lint and hair on clothing before those last-minute meetings Antibacterial cloths - before and after meal cleanups and disinfect your phone First-aid - bandages for paper cuts and blisters Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or aspirin - tension headaches, minor aches and pains Plastic utensils - for the days you know you're eating in.
5. Pantry Take inventory of what you have. Look at expiration dates and circulate or toss out. If you have many opened boxes of the same food, consider combining all ingredients into one container to maximize your space. Remember to keep like with like.
What about your pots and pans? If you haven't used some of your cookware in years, it may be time to let it go or replace with a more up-to-date product.
The five items listed above are some of the most commonly used areas in your daily life. Beginning here give you a taste of living an organized life. These 5 areas may inspire you to begin incorporating additional organization in your life. Remember, creating small wins is the first step toward changing behavior.
Patricia Diesel, The Organizing Expert, is author of A Simple Guide to an Organized life and CEO of Keep It Simple Now. Patricia provides professional organizing and life coaching to individuals, entrepreneurs, and corporate arenas. Accomplishments, services, merchandise, and additional information about Patricia can be found at http://www.keepitsimplenow.com.