Get organized without the stress!

By Kimmi Devaney

Did you know this coming week is ‘Get organized week’? This probably sounds stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. I read The Happiness Project last year, and it had a section about getting organized. By the way, if you haven’t read it yet, I would highly recommend it. Getting organized can be as easy as cleaning out the closet, leaving an empty shelf and keeping similar items all in one place.

The closet is an easy place to start. I am notorious for having too many tank tops. At one point in college, I owned about 100 of them. Yes, 100. Yikes. The book helps a lot with this. It recommends having three piles: stuff to throw away, clothes to donate and clothes to keep. After culling unneeded clothes, get rid of unnecessary hangers. Ironically, as the book points out, having fewer clothes—but clothes that you actually wear—gives you more choices.

The author also suggests keeping an empty shelf somewhere in the house. Surprisingly, this made a difference. It was nice not to see stuff everywhere. This empty shelf might even be in the formerly cluttered closet.

After a busy day, it’s so easy to drop the mail on the dining room table, stash the keys in the kitchen and put my computer bag on the couch. However, this doesn’t help to reduce clutter. When I was trying out different suggestions from the book to get my life and my apartment more organized, I bought some baskets and file folders and donated a lot of clothes (and tank tops) to Goodwill. The baskets helped keep odds and ends in one place, and file folders helped keep my bills and other important papers organized. Now, not only can I find what I’m looking for in a timely manner, but I also have a few empty shelves!

After the big reorganization, it’s key to keep everything in order. The book recommends spending about ten minutes per day tidying up.

After spending the day reorganizing, treat yourself to an ice cold glass of milk (flavored milk counts!), your favorite ice cream or your dairy product of choice. Not only will you have helped reduce clutter in your life, but you will be fueling your body with nine essential nutrients you need each and every day. Happy organizing!

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