What you need:
An Open Mind
Organization doesn’t always need to be a big overhaul. Little windows on a regular basis can help you create a habit without getting overwhelmed or exhausted.
Habits can be stacked, like setting your phone in the same place right before brushing your teeth each night. Systems like this can help enjoy your home over time, rather than experiencing clutter creep until you need a major purge.
Here are a few of our favorite little organizations based on how much time you’ve got.
- Clean out a kitchen cabinet
- Open mail and shred or recycle what you don’t need
- Photograph and recycle any bits of paper you’re keeping for reference like business cards or a flyer
- Organize by category of belongings like putting all your batteries in one container, travel adapters in another, etc.
- Organize your bookshelf and make sure you’re not holding on to anything you’re never going to read
- Go through all your hanging clothes, collect duplicates and the items that don’t fit, and drop them off to be donated
- Follow the exercise in the next step to organize your junk drawer and figure out where items that tend to cause clutter really belong