"For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned."
If you've ever spent minutes, maybe hours, looking for a missing file, a misplaced business card, or even your own house keys, then you would definitely agree with good old Ben's quote up there.
Organization is critical in staying productive and getting things done.
By definition, to organize means to identify, arrange, and categorize so that instead of clutter or chaos, you're left with order and ultimately, peace of mind.
And just in case you haven't noticed, it's already the end of March which means Spring cleaning is upon us! What better time to share a 31 Days of Organization post (Home Edition) than right now, am I right?
For this post, I created a free 31-day checklist so you can follow along and mark the items you will have organized. It's primarily divided into rooms or areas of the home you can tackle one day at a time. Although I tried to be as thorough as I could, I reserved Day 31 for anything I may have overlooked. Feel free to revise to cater to your own situation/home.
There are also 10 suggestions for "Next Actions" to help you decide on what to do for each item you encounter:
- Clean, Wash, or Polish
- Put in Storage
- Label and Categorize
- Scan or Take Photos Of
- File or Sort
Keep in mind that this 31-day project depends on you and your home—how many rooms there are, how much stuff you have, how organized you want to be, and how much time you can set aside each day. For this reason, consider this list as merely a guide. After all, organization is an on-going process; it's just more appropriate to do now that it's Spring! ;-)
Ready? Let's get started!
Entryway / Mudroom
1. Shoe Rack / Coat Rack / Mail Sorter
Storage Room / Attic / Basement
2. Seasonal Clothing
3. Seasonal Decor and Gift-wrapping
4. Sports and Outdoor Equipment
5. Broom Closet / Cleaning Materials
6. Clothes Closet / Dresser
7. Linen Closet
8. Bags / Purses / Shoes
9. Collections / Hobby Supplies
11. Medicine Cabinet
12. Toiletries / Storage / Under the sink
13. Make-up / Cosmetics / Jewelry
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Kitchen / Dining Room
17. Utensils / Kitchenware / Glassware
18. Cupboard / Wine Rack / Bar / Bar Cart
19. Important Files and Paperwork
20. Photos and Music
22. Electronics (Apps, Email, and Downloads)
23. Kid's or Kids' Room/s
24. Pet's or Pets' Area
Bedroom / Living room
25. Shelves / Bookcases / Side tables / Coffee tables
26. Books / Magazines / Movies / Games
27. Car/s or Bikes
28. Emergency Kit and Supplies
29. Garden / Patio / Backyard
31. Additional item or room
This day is reserved for anything you have that wasn't included in the list (ex. guest room, swimming pool, or tool shed) or for a previous item that needs more than one day of your attention (ex. sorting email, backing up computer files, sifting through collections, etc.).