Organizing Maintenance 101
The most important and final step to keep your home beautifully organized is maintenance. Getting organized is like any habit or routine in that it takes work to keep it up. When done right, a maintenance routine should take no more than 15 minutes a day for your entire home.
So this week, I’m sharing six simple maintenance tips for your home organization systems.
1. Schedule and review regularly. You should schedule daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly appointments on your calendar to review organizing systems and ensure they are still working. Use these times to update, purge and re-sort items as needed.
2. Purge as you go. Keep a box in a conveniently located closet for items like clothing, jewelry, books, and magazines that you no longer use. When that box is full, schedule a donation pick-up.
3. Follow the one in one out rule. This goes for everything in your home. When you bring in one new item, another needs to go. Ideally you’re making an even swap – a pair of new shoes and tossing an old worn-out pair.
4. Put it away now. When you take an item out, put it back in it’s home. Another idea is to have a bin for each family member in a central area of the home where clutter seems to collect. Put each family member’s stuff in their bin at the end of the day for them to take back to their spaces and put away.
5. Set some deadlines. Make a rule that if you haven’t worn a piece of clothing for a year, it goes. Do the same for kitchen appliances and home tools.
6. Once full, purge. Containers are a key organizing tool and can provide a visual cue to keep you organized. Once that container is full, then it’s time to purge. For example, if you have a basket of magazines you’re keeping, your cue to go through them is when the basket is reaching its’ limit.
This is a guest post by Korinne Kubena Belock, founder and owner of Urban Simplicity, a professional organizing company based in New York City.
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