Monday, April 22, 2019

Ways to Organize This Month

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Happy Earth Day!  I've only been talking all things save the planet all month so you probably already know that today is Earth Day.  I'm still following my blog schedule for the year though, since there's always more ways to get organized:

Put away tax documents.  Now that you've filed, put away the documents you need to hold onto.  I don't keep anything but then again, I file mine online so the basics are saved on that website.  If you have tax return documents, you're supposed to keep them for 3 years, but not every little receipt and everything.  Create a file area for these documents so you know where they are if you do need them and remember to declutter it in 2 or 3 years.

Find all disposable products you regularly use and think of new options.  It can be expensive to make a full switch to a low waste lifestyle, even if people insist that it's not.  There are so many things to consider and if you'd like to find pieces second hand, it's better to start slow.  Rather than throwing out every plastic straw and tampon in your house, just start by making a list of all these disposable products that you use.  As you near the end of your current stockpile, start thinking up the best low waste alternative for that product, like stainless steel straws, and make the switch as it becomes necessary.  This gives you some order to an otherwise slightly overwhelming process.  It's worth it!

Organize digital storage.  It's easy to get organized in physical spaces since the clutter stares at you every day.  Not as easy to remember to apply the same organizational methods to your digital storage.  It's so easy to just keep adding things to iCloud, Google Drive, Evernote, and other digital storage places, but it's only useful if you can find and access those things quickly.  Take the time to label everything appropriately and sort it into to folders so you can always find what you need.

Hide the TV wires.  It's not a huge issue, but all those cords can make you crazy eventually.  If you've taken the time to sort out the rest of the room, take the extra few minutes to do something about all the wires.  All you need are some zip ties so you can group the wires together and attach them behind the tv stand.

Create a home command center.  If you have a lot of people in your home all going different directions, a home command center can be a great solution.  This is where you would keep a master calendar to see where everyone is at a glance.  It can also be where you post the meal and where your kids put permission slips that need to be signed and your husband can leave a bill that needs postage. It's just a spot where every knows they can find and leave important information.

Organize the bathroom cabinets.  Once you've gotten rid of all the expired bathroom products, organize everything neatly and in a way that makes sense to you.  I have toothbrushes in the top drawer (gross things happen to toothbrushes sitting out on counters, don't do it), skincare in the next drawer, and hair stuff in the bottom drawer.  Keeping like items together helps me see everything that I have.  I have a small trash can in the cabinet under the sink as well as a small stacking shelf that houses things I don't use as often, like nail polish and remover, my epilator, and my curling iron.  Having space for everything means I actually put things away after I use them and don't collect extra products.

Sort apps on your phone into folders.  If you're just scrolling screen after screen to find apps (looking at you, Mom), then take the time to sort them into folders.  You can keep banking and budgeting apps in a finance folder and Instagram and YouTube in your entertainment folder.  It'll be much easiter for you to find things.  Here's what my phone looks like (it hasn't changed since this Instagram story from January):

What have you been getting organized lately?

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