* The maximum time many people can concentrate on organizing is two to four hours.Don't try to do everything at once!
* Organized people save time and money, make more money, and have lower stress and frustration levels.
* There is no one right or wrong way to get organized, and you only need to change what you're doing if you're not happy with how you manage your time, paper, information, and space.
* The amount of information available to us continues to grow at a rapid pace, as do the number of demands on our time. Organizing systems help you deal with everything from your paper to your professional responsibilities and give you parameters on what to keep, what to toss, and what to take action on.
* Discard all the clothes in your closet you haven't worn in a year and only keep clothes in the size you're wearing. If you can't keep track if which clothes you use, turn an item the other way once you've worn it. At the end of the year, get rid of all the clothes you haven't turned.
* Keep like clothes together in the closet.
* If you need more space in your garage, look up. Use walls and the ceiling to hang items.
* In your kitchen, keep like items together and move items you don't need out of the way. For example, move your good china and silverware into another room where there may be more space.
* Use clear containers to store items in a child's bedroom. Label the containers with pictures if the child is too young to read so he or she can return toys to their proper spot.
* Don't buy in bulk just because it's on sale. Chances are you won't even use the extra food or supplies, and it just takes up space.
* When you bring something new into the house, take something out. We just tend to collect too many things
* Paper is the problem for most people these days. If you have financial records in five rooms, get them all together before you start organizing.
* Filing systems can be designed to your strengths. For example, if you are used to working with piles and need to see everything, try a graduated file that holds six to eight files in front of you that you can see.
* Open your mail over the recycling bin and have your filing system nearby.
* Don't put any more on your desk than what you are currently working on. Do you have a drawer close at hand where you can keep papers that you need frequently, but perhaps not every day?
* Spend the last 10 to 15 minutes of each day getting your desk in order and ready for the start of a new day. There is nothing more discouraging than walking in first thing in the morning to a cluttered desk!
Before the Move:
* If you want to keep something just because it's been in the family a long time, maybe another family member can use it.
* Depersonalize your home before you put it on the market so prospective owners can see their own things there.
* Get rid of clothes that no longer fit. When you do lose that 20 pounds, you are going to want to buy something newer and more stylish anyway.
* Don't leave anything behind. If there is something you can't take with you, give it away, don't put it in storage.
* Pack the things you will need immediately and keep them with you.Even if the moving truck arrives immediately, you don't want to have to dig through boxes for clothes or food the first few days.
* Label each box with what room it will go into in the new house, not where it came from. If all the books from the bedroom are moving into a new library, mark the box library not bedroom.
After the Move:
* Set up the kitchen and bathrooms first. Labels are a good idea. Temporary ones are also good so you and anyone helping you can know where to place things.
* Every shelf and drawer needs a theme i.e. pots and pans near the stove, canned goods go on a shelf, the breakfast food another, snacks have their own place.
* Each kitchen needs to be organized for the particular family. Not all organizing is the same. For example, if there are children, the items they will use should be stored at the correct level so they can take
them out and put them back.
* Linen closets are important to organize, too. Be realistic about how many sets of sheets
and towels you really need/use.