5 Tips for Organizing your Home/Office
The ultimate purpose of organizing your home and your life is to give you time for more important things. On the road to free time you will begin to notice many hidden benefits resulting from your organizational pursuits. You will begin to feel a sense of self-confidence and control over your surroundings. You will experience the exhilaration of finishing the tasks you start. You will see chaos give way to order.
These are a few basic organizational principles common to any endeavor:
1. Think before you act.
Think things through logically before you act. Industrial time and motion experts have estimated that workers are only 50 to 70% efficient. Why? Mainly because they work by habit; they act before they think.
2. Discard and sort.
Of all the work simplification techniques, discard and sort is by far the most important and usually the most difficult! Determine the function of the room or area in which you are working. Work in one area at a time, and keep three boxes and a large trash can with you. One box will hold anything that belongs in another room. Put things to give away or sell inside the second box. The third box will hold things you’re not sure of. The trash basket is there to encourage you to discard everything you possibly can.
Whenever practical, group and store like items together. When you’re grouping things, ask yourself if each particular object is frequently used in conjunction with another.
4. Be motion minded.
Store things at or near the point of first use. Store equipment and supplies so you can work without having to take a lot of steps. Strive for one-motion storage by storing frequently used things in such a way that they are easy to see, easy to reach and easy to grasp. As much as possible, store only like items behind each other. Avoid stacking things over two high (three maximum).
5. Practice preventive maintenance.
Steps include: whenever you buy something, ask yourself, “Where am I going to put it?” Make sure you have a clearly defined place in mind. Be certain that you will really use whatever it is you are buying. Keep a running list of things you’d like to buy someday. Chances are, some items will remain on your list so long you’ll realize you can live without them. Learn to say “no thanks” to castoffs from friends and relatives. Ask yourself if maintaining a prospective purchase will be time consuming. If so, are you willing to spend the extra time necessary to keep the article in good condition? Keep a charity and recycle box handy. Whenever you come across a castoff or other object you’re not using, toss it into the box. When the box is full, donate its contents.
From Confessions of an Organized Homemaker ©1994 by Deniece Schofield. Original article from Cornicopia, Ideas for Better Living by Gisel Ross
Here’s to your Success!
Jerry D Ross
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