Day 5 – Keeping It Organized


Today is an easy day. Yesterday was tough and you made it through. It’s important to build in extra time. Finishing tasks is important. It gives an incredible sense of accomplishment AND provides great motivation.  If you have anything left to finish, go ahead and do that now.

Pick up any mess your family has made in the last 24 hours. Run the vacuum in your clean new family room, straighten a pillow or two, or just stand back and admire how amazing it looks.

Next, why not reward yourself for your determination and do a little shopping?

Head online, an office supply store or your favorite storage specialty store and have some fun. Buy a label maker. These useful little things may seem a little Type-A but Type-A is good in your new, organized home.

I love this label maker from Brother. It makes labels in different fonts, effects and is super easy to use.

Two additional notes about the label maker: first, buy a plug so you don’t burn through batteries and second, buy you label tape from Amazon, it’s a fraction of the price and the quality is great.

Your plan is to stay organized, right?

The process of discretely labeling boxes and other containers can help you both remember what is in them, and make it easier and faster to replace that item properly.

You can also investigate nice storage tubs, pretty file folders and unique baskets. They do not have to be expensive to be effective. If you can afford it, buy a few; we have 25 more days of organizing to get to and a lot of rooms, drawers and shelves to organize.

Here are a few of my favorite organizing tools

Plastic Storage Bins

A good plastic storage bin is clear, not too big and has a tight closing lid. This option for Amazon is all of those things. Perfect for an array of organizing and storage projects.

File Folders

I like to color-code whenever possible. It creates quick visual organization cues and makes the filing cabinet look happier. These files are perfect. They offer five different colors to work with and come 100 to a pack. What could be better than that for your paper decluttering project.

Baskets

Baskets often factor in personal preference, but here are a few options for different organizing scenarios.

Plastic baskets

These are great for extra toiletires, bits and bobs in the utility closet, the pantry or under the sink. I like them because they are not too tall, they are plastic so a label will stick to the front of them for easy labeling and they are uniform .

Cloth Baskets

These baskets are great for closets: bedroom, linen and front hallway. They would also work well to gather little toys and books in a nursery. Being cloth labels won’t stick to them as well, but they are nicer to look at than the plastic options.

Here are links to the products mentioned above:

Brother Label Maker

Link for US Readers

Link for Canadian Readers

Label Maker Plug:

Link for Canadian Readers

Link for US Readers

Cheap Label Tape for Label Maker Above:

Link for Canadian Readers

Link for US Readers

Plastic Storage Bin

Link for US Readers

Link for Canadian Readers

File Folders

Link for US Readers

Link for Canadian Readers

Plastic Baskets

Link for US Readers

Link for Canadian Readers

Cloth Baskets

Link for US Readers

Link for Canadian Readers