Andi Willis, Chief Organizing Officer at Good Life Organizing presented an organizing workshop at Perry Library on January 17. She offered tips and tricks to help the cluttered challenged take control of their environment.
Andi shared 10 easy ways we can all organize and simplify our lives.
1. Use a timer. Commit to working for short time frames. You’ll be surprised by how much you can accomplish.
2. Use one calendar/planner to record all of your family’s commitments.
3. Group like items.
4. Edit! We only use 20% of our things 80% of the time. Review your clothes, books, CDs, etc. and let go the items that you don’t love.
5. Keep what you must. Retain necessary paperwork for the required amount of time. Check with an accountant or website such as http://www.bankrate.com for guidelines.
6. Have a donation blog. When you locate something that you’ve outgrown or no longer need, add it to your donation bag. When the bag is full drop it off at your favorite charity and open a new bag.
7. Stick with what works. If your system works, do it. Don’t feel as though you have to try something new. You’ll save time and money.
8. Handle your mail once. Don’t create a mail pile. Trash the junk and sort the rest.
9. Ask for help. Have a friend, family member or professional organizer help you. Time and work flies when you’re having fun!
10. Relax! Becoming organized is not about perfection. We can’t all be Martha Stewart. Just be proud of the fact you are working on it!
~adapted from Andi Willis’ Ten Easy Ways To Be Organized and Simplify Your Life.
Implement Andi’s recommendations, check her site, or check out some library books to get yourself on the path to a clutter free life!