Simplify Your Life:
Get Organized With These Top Organizing Tips
In honor of National Get Organized Week, we’re helping you conquer the worst of the worst: the top 5 hardest things to organize in your home. You know – those places where you struggle to decide if anything “sparks joy” and makes you want to throw in the dust towel the second you open the cupboard drawer? Those are the Big Wins – and we’re with organizing tips that will conquer them once and for all!
Organizing Tips For The Top 5 Hardest Things To Organize In Your Home
1. Food Storage Containers
How is it that the exact things that are supposed to help you stay organized are the hardest to organize themselves? Here’s your gameplan to taking back your Tupperware drawer:
- Take them all out and toss or repurpose any that don’t have tops or bottoms that match. One great idea is to use your topless containers as organizers within your junk or makeup drawers for small items like hair ties, floss or batteries.
- Replace them with a sustainable, non-plastic solution like glass or silicone. Plastic is a major problem for our environment, but it’s especially worrisome when used to store food as it can leach harmful chemicals into the food for your family to consume, leading to a host of scary health effects.
- These silicone baggies from Stasher can often replace food storage containers for things like stray chicken nuggets, chopped fruit and veggies or hard-boiled eggs and, because you can squeeze the air out, can keep your refrigerated or frozen food even fresher. Bees Wrap is a great way to replace saran wrap and will hold its shape if twisted to seal around leftover food, like cut lemons or a half-onion.
- On glass containers and these stainless containers, you can use masking tape and a sharpie or a wet-erase marker to write directly on the glass to mark the date. Or, if you’re feeling extra organized, we are heart-eye-emoji for this Bluetooth label maker.
- Don’t overbuy! We all think we need a million storage containers, but what we really need is to use them, eat the contents in a timely manner and get them back in the rotation.
2. Underwear & Sock Drawers
The. Worst. Right? First, ruthlessly purge. If it’s got holes or it’s a sock with no mate, it’s got to go. Make a pile of your favorites and order a few more pairs. As you replace them, seek out brands that use 100% organic cotton to support sustainable practices and helps you to avoid absorbing pesticides through your skin. Lastly, divide up your drawer using inexpensive drawer organizers like these. And remember this: no matter what your mom told you, you do not have to fold your underwear!
3. Kitchen Tools
If it’s a single-use item and you can’t think of a single time you’ve used it, you know what we’re going to say. Here’s our top organizing tip for kitchen clutter: take everything you haven’t used in the past few weeks and box it up temporarily. Keep it somewhere handy where you can grab the spatula or whisk you’re missing if you need it. If you haven’t used it in 30 days, donate that box guilt-free and make another chef out there very happy! Organizations like Big Brothers, Big Sisters accept kitchen item donations, as well as other organizations that help people get set up in living spaces. As you replace kitchen tools, seek out ones made from sustainable and non-toxic materials like stainless steel, bamboo, and silicone.
4. Your Email Inbox
Okay, we lied, this one is the worst! Even though it’s digital, the mental clutter of a packed email inbox brimming with junk is demotivating and stressful. Make like this Washington Post journalist (who reduced her inbox from over 180,000 emails to zero in 2 weeks!) and follow the organizing tips from Productivity Pro Laura Stack’s the “6 D’s:”
- Discard—Permanently get rid of it. Ask yourself the tough questions—do you really have the time to read it? What’s the worst that could happen if you discard the item? Can you get another copy if necessary? You must be ruthless in this stage! Studies have shown we only refer to 20% of all the information we insist on saving. Today, the question is not, “Can I throw this away?” but “Why should I keep this?”
- Delegate— Refer the item to someone else. Get it going “out the door” to that person right away. We cannot “manage by doing” in the Digital Age, so give away as much as possible.
- Do— If you have the time to complete, review, sign, or reply to the item, do it immediately. Then get it going back out the door to the requester. This step is generally for action items that will only require two to five minutes to complete. Investing the time now will save time in the long run because you won’t review the item over and over again.
- Date— For items you can’t work on immediately, determine when you need to see the item again and put in the appropriate dated storage system.
- Drawer— File items you can’t toss, delegate, and that don’t require any action.
- Delete— Halt the information; keep it from getting to you in the first place. Stopping reports, memos, letters, minutes, catalogs, magazines, and junk mail that you don’t need or have time to read.
5. Cleaning products
As far as organizing tips go, this is a big one, due to the serious impact of cleaning product chemicals on your health. Many of us end up buying tons of single-use and single-purpose cleaning products to handle our household cleaning needs. Not only is this expensive, but conventional cleaning supplies are also indoor air pollutants and a serious health risk in our homes – as harmful to our respiratory system as smoking a 20 cigarettes a day! While natural cleaning supplies make claims about being “safer,” they often aren’t and come at a high price. This industry is very poorly regulated with only around 300 of over 62,000 chemicals having been tested for safety. Try to select toxic chemical-free cleaning products, avoiding ones that contain fragrances, preservatives and disinfectants, or replace 99% of your cleaning products with our does-it-all family-friendly cleaner, Force of Nature.
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