Keeping myself accountable is a full-time job. I found an article today (went thru about 20 magazines, took out what I wanted, filed it all where it belonged and then put the magazines in a give away pile)
Better Home and Gardens January 2008. It says BEFORE you begin organizing….
The key to getting organized isn’t simply buying storage aids such as racks, boxes, and dividers. It’s about creating a system you can stick with over time. Here’s how to get started:
- Be sure you know how you want a particular area to function. Pin that down, and you can then determine the best way to organize it.
- Take inventory of all your storage space and it’s limitations. Ask yourself if you really need more space, or if you just need to organize it more efficiently.
- Look for unexpected storage-behind the sofa, between studs, vertical storage along a blank wall.
- Purge. Your problem may simply be too much stuff. Clean out drawers and closets, and get rid of things you don’t need or use.
- Store items according to your routine. Put often-used things in reach.
- Keep it simple. An easy-to-follow plan has the longest shelf life.
I have found checklist work for me, it’s why on days when I really want to get a lot done I put my checklist right here on my blog. Imagine how giddy I became when I found out over at Real Simple.com you can get a checklist for anything and everything.