Guest Blog: Rachel Kowitz
You’ve finally taken the time to get organized, but what can you do to maintain the systems you’ve put in place? Here are some tips to make sure your efforts aren't wasted!
#1 Think before you shop. (This pertains to anything bought or acquired that makes its way into your home) Before you acquire an item, ask yourself the following questions:
-Do I need this?
-Do I really like/love this?
-Do I already have one or something that serves the same or similar purpose?
-Do I have a place to put it?
Finally, resist the urge to buy or take items you did not answer “yes” about. Try writing the items in question on a list. After a few days, see if the items are still something you want or need. Chances are the answer is no.
#2 If you find yourself answering yes to the above, try to always use the “one in, one out” rule. Swap an old item that you no longer need, love or have a place for with the new item.
#3 Set up a “donation can.” I recommend setting one up on each floor of your home. Like a trash can, these “donation cans” should be used to collect items that no longer serve a purpose for you or your family. “Donation cans” allow items to be immediately collected to ensure unwanted things don't make their way back into your home. When the can is full it’s time to take a trip to your local charitable drop off location.
#4 Schedule a weekly day to purge the house of unwanted items and to put things back in their places. You should also use this time to take inventory of items you may have run out of or need for the week(food for lunches/dinners, supplies for upcoming school projects, etc...) This cuts down on last minute shopping trips that encourage “impulse buys” as well as helps to avoid purchasing duplicates. I like doing this on Sunday night to give the week a fresh, organized start. Remember, establishing routines is key to staying organized.
#5 Remember that YOU control what comes in to your home! Practice saying “No Thank You.” When you are offered free-bees, informational brochures, unnecessary receipts or items that do not serve a purpose-JUST SAY NO☺. Unsubscribe from magazines or coupon lists that you do not use or wish to receive. Just because something is free or discounted does not mean that you need it. Although harmless in small quantities, continuing to aimlessly acquire these items can sabotage your efforts to get organized.
#6 Lastly, try your best to treat each one of your “to-dos” like an appointment. Scheduling tasks to be completed on a specific date and time is the best way ensure that your goals are being accomplished!
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Rachel Kowitz, Owner & Professional Organizer