Don’t forget to read the first part of this blog from March 31st for more get organized tips to help you get organized.

These organizing hacks aren’t for rooms or areas, but other things that I have found are helpful for clients for quick organizing tips in areas that can easily become cluttered or get unorganized.

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Gifts

Create a Gift Shelf. This makes for no more stress over last minute shopping.  Time and money is spread out over the year giving you peace of mind.

  • Find a place to store.  Under a bed, linen closet, in the attic, etc. Boxes of uniform size come in handy for easy storage and stacking. 
  • Keep some type of Inventory. 
  • Re-gift but make sure you write down who gave it to you!
  • Be on the lookout for inexpensive items.  Flea markets, yard/estate sales, Craig’s list. 
  • Beginning of year determine all birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
  • Create separate lists for people & occasions.  Write gift ideas, sizes, hobbies, year and a monetary limit.
  • Keep master gift list in purse or wallet.  Go through list at the beginning of the month
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Organized-Entryway-Clutter-Free-Hallway

Get Out of the House Quickly

Don’t let your mornings be stressful. Create an area to get out of the door quickly. Consider putting in this space: an area for everyday items (mail, etc.) and an area for each child (coats, backpacks, etc.) borrowed items (library books)

Also consider:

  • An open mailbox system. Label slots permission slips, bills, file, etc.
  • Kids: name/pictures for labels.  Storage: easy reach.  Shove stuff on shelf better chance keeping neat. Hooks for kids’ coats, etc. at their level.
  • Higher row hooks/cubbies adult gear, paperwork & out of season
  • Pets: hooks leashes; waste pickup & cleanup
  • Recycling bin/trash can for junk mail, etc.
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Family calendar.

The last thing you want is something missing out on this.

  • Everyone’s activities, appointments, & meetings on one central calendar.
  • Different colors differentiate between family members.
  • Calendar pocket store permission slips, invitations, colored pens to write
  • Add invitations & appointments as soon as decide yes.
  • Schedule family nights, date nights, “you” nights.

What would work best for you? A Dry erase with non toxic markers? Google calendars or a calendar app?

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Are Your Health Records Organized?

Family Health Records. It’s really important to have this stuff organized especially if you have a health emergency.

  • Have vital records on all family and pets
  • Create medical reference file includes birth date, doctors’ names, phone numbers, & insurance.
  • Compile list current health, allergies (including food), major health problems & surgeries and medical history.
  • Include prescription & OTC meds, dietary, plant and herbal supplements, vitamins, and minerals. For each, give name of doctor who prescribed, why taking, how much and any special instructions.

Finally, some general organizing tips

  • Have less “stuff” coming into living space. Less stuff you don’t have to organize it!
  • Place for everything: bills, mail, etc. necessary keep around.
  • Say no to: hand-me-downs, reading materials, beauty samples, etc.
  • Simplify, simplify, simplify. Don’t need 5 serving bowls, 6 hair conditioners, and 7 sets of sheets.
  • Stop thinking “Saving for you” or “Thought you could use.” They probably can’t.
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Organized-Medicine-Cabinet-Clutter-Free-Medicine-Cabinet

Take actions from the get organized tips blogs:

  • Group your items in categories that make sense to you and how you would go to retrieve it.
  • Look to stretch or create space by moving rods, or shelving; create more space by utilizing wall or ceiling space;
  • Stop it before it starts! If you don’t buy it, you don’t have to organize it!

What area do you need to get organized? What quick tips would you like to try? What other area do you need to organize in life?

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