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    Default Keeping house organized tips & tricks?

    When I run into work deadlines, things at home go to crap pretty fast. Any suggestions? I'm slowly trying to get organized with a home for everything (and knowing where those homes are) - but anything that helped keeping it that way?
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    Trite but true - a place for everything and everything in its place. Okay, don't hit me. Sorry.

    Get rid of clutter first. Start with the stuff you don't like. If you don't like it and don't need or use it, give it away or trash it. If it's broken, trash it. If you haven't used it in a year or so, trash it.

    Group like things together and group things where you use them. You like to read in the bathroom? Put your magazines in a basket there. When you & everyone else in the household is done reading, throw/recycle the magazine. If they're stacking up, rethink the subscription/buying it.

    If it's clothing that doesn't fit and isn't within one size of your current size, dump it. If it's damaged, stained or seriously out of fashion - dump it. You get the idea.

    When you're done with it, put it away. If it's open, close it. If it's trash, take it out. If there's a spill, wipe it up. Make your bed. Keep dishes out of the sink. That tends to keep things fairly neat even if you're slammed with other stuff.

    Any specific rooms/items you want to work on first or need hints about?

    [whispers]I'm kind of OCD about organizing stuff - organizing shows & magazines are porn/crack to me, so .... [/whisper]
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    Kitchen. I don't cook much now but don't want to throw anything out. I bought stuff to help me stack things and that seems to help.

    Garage and basement - I'm putting things (ie magazines, tins for Xmas fudge) in tubs, I could stack them in the garage, but is that okay? Could they freeze/mildew? How do I keep insects out?

    Organizing clothes in drawers? I put together the rubbermaid stuff last summer, that helps. And I put other things in fabric boxes.
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    I find that natural disasters help. See, first they destroy things. Those things go in the dumpster. Then as you are packing the other stuff so the work can begin on your place, you get sick of packing and toss stuff you aren't attached to out. Then when you unpack you see more stuff you can live without and out it goes, too.

    Then you have less to keep clean.

    I have not, however, figured out how to deal with the tumble weeds of cat and dog hair that like to roll through the house...
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    How much space to you have?

    But I like the old cliche: throw out everything that you do not believe to be beautiful or know to be useful.

    Also the two year rule. If it hasn't been used in two years, get rid of it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by DressageGeek "Ribbon Ho" View Post
    Kitchen. I don't cook much now but don't want to throw anything out. I bought stuff to help me stack things and that seems to help.
    Well, usually keeping like things together. Keep the stuff you use most often most accessible and the things that you seldom or never use on the highest shelves/back of the cupboard. Or in the basement if you're pressed for space.

    Garage and basement - I'm putting things (ie magazines, tins for Xmas fudge) in tubs, I could stack them in the garage, but is that okay? Could they freeze/mildew? How do I keep insects out?
    The rubbermaid tubs should keep insects out. If there's any dampness, you could get mold though.

    Organizing clothes in drawers? I put together the rubbermaid stuff last summer, that helps. And I put other things in fabric boxes.
    I only use two drawers for clothing. Everything else is hung up. Easier to see, less wrinkles, etc. If you have the space, that could help. Also, bear in mind that it's said that most of us wear 20% of our clothing 80% of the time. Can you get rid of some stuff and give yourself more room? Or store the seasonal stuff in another closet?
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    I highly recommend the book "Organizing from the Inside Out" by Julie Morgenstern.

    While the book is gimmicky at times, it basically asks you to look at your own individual reasons for your clutter / suboptimal organization, as well as asks you to look at what ergonomically would work for you as an individual to make it easy to keep the clutter from building up.

    It takes the opposite approach from "I'll buy some nice storage containers, and I'll make a resolution to use them." Instead, it asks you to ask yourself, given your own psychology and nature tendencies, what would naturally work for you in terms of getting / staying organized and keeping down the clutter. In turn, if the organization / container set up is more "nature" for you, then it will be more likely that you will use it and will not require a resolution (which typically is short-lived like most resolutions.)

    In a way, it is like what was done at MIT when it came to putting in the sidewalks on the campus. Instead of putting in the sidewalks and hoping the students would choose these routes (and not wear down the grass with alternative routes), they first observed the routes the students naturally took, and then put in the sidewalks along those routes. And guess what?...minimal wearing down of the grassy areas by alternative routes taken by the students.

    So yes, the book is gimmicky at times. And yes, I have found it to be helpful in making it at lot easier to become / stay reasonably organized and keep down the clutter.

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    at the mo got a new job and the house is crap as got to get into a new routine with neds house and work , haha neds sorted work sorted just house isnt yet haha got to get to grips with time haha
    and shows every weekend again once i get paid whoop whoop



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    whistlejacket - thanks!

    it's more that my lifestyle is different and that is where I need to make adjustments - so that I can keep the organization going. The initial organizing isn't an issue (I can eventually get there). It's the maintenance!
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    choose one thing to make into a habit for a week. My new habit this week is to sweep up all the dog hair once a day, after work. By next week I'll do it and won't even think about it.

    Reduce what you have, what you use and where you keep it.

    Be zealous about tossing things you don't need. When you go to buy something, actively think "do I need this, where will I keep it and how often will I use it?"

    get in the habit of doing one load of laundry a day...wash, dry, fold and put away. This way you won't have mountains of laundry. If I keep up with my laundry....I can use much less detergent and I can carry it to and from the laundry room w/o a basket.

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    Live alone

    I could keep up with my own stuff if DH's stuff wasn't in my way all the time



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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayside View Post
    Live alone

    I could keep up with my own stuff if DH's stuff wasn't in my way all the time
    Oh I so agree! I used to have everything perfect. Now, with a husband, daughter, and 3 dogs, I'm lucky if the sink is empty and the vacuuming has been done sometime in the last 3 days.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayside View Post
    Live alone

    I could keep up with my own stuff if DH's stuff wasn't in my way all the time
    HAHAHAHAHA so true
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    My biggest tip is, if you're thinking, "Will I use this someday?" decide RIGHT THEN. Don't put it away to decide later! That's how clutter starts! Think hard--and toss it if at all possible! 99% of the time you don't need it, at least in my experience.

    As someone else said, clean up spills and stuff like that right away. So much easier.

    Get that spray-on no-rinse shower cleaner. Cuts down on the big cleaning jobs. Murphy's Oil Soap is versatile for a lot of other things, so you don't need dozens of bottles cluttering up storage space.

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    Declutter. Pretend you're moving or putting the house on the market and pack away absolutely everything that's not essential.
    Buy boxes or rubbermaid type totes and pack everything away or throw it out. Packed stuff can then be stacked, label totes/boxes. You won't miss it.
    That alone makes a home feel a lot cleaner. And you won't get overwhelmed looking at it.

    Get some baskets. One large one for every single room in the house. Anything will work, from decorative wicker ones to $3 cool colored laundry baskets that match each room. Place a basket in a corner of each room.

    Every time the room starts to look cluttered or messy, walk through the room for all of 2-3 minutes with the basket and drop everything that doesn't belong in that room in the basket.
    When you have 5-10 free minutes every day or two, choose a basket in one room and carry it around the house with you as you put everything in that basket away in the room it belongs in. Very simple trick, works great.

    Have a tag sale. Get rid of tons of crap and make a few bucks off of it. DO NOT use that money to go buy more crap, LOL! Unless it's at a tack or feed store.

    After you declutter, hire a cleaning service in for a one time good cleaning. It's a treat and you can start from an immaculate house to keep it clean from there.

    Buy a can of boat wax...or good car wax made for rain....and wax your bathroom tiles and shower doors if you have those. (and backsplash in the kitchen if ceramic tile...or tile countertops) This keeps tiles and shower doors spot free and mildew free for 6-8 months! Dirt will rinse right off.

    Go to a Dollar Store and buy stacks of different sized small plastic baskets. Use those in cabinets, closets, etc. No need to be ultra organized with them, just toss like with like in each one so you can grab a basket and know all repair stuff/screws, sewing stuff, bandaids/aspirin stuff, hairclips/combs/ponytail holder stuff, etc is in each one.
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    Never put off till tomorrow what you can do right now. That means put the dishes in the dishwasher right away (or wash as you use.) Clean up the sink, counters, etc immediately.

    One night is dusting night, another is vacuum night. Laundry gets put away immediately, not "tomorrow."

    As for "stuff," the advice to ditch what you don't need is spot-on. If you can't bear to throw it out, Freecycle it.

    Don't buy anything unless you NEED it or it's a multi-tasker. I always ask myself, "Do you really want to dust that?"

    Kim & Aggie have it right when they say a few minutes a day makes a world of difference! The key is to never put anything off.
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    [QUOTE=DressageGeek "Ribbon Ho";5017965]
    Garage and basement - I'm putting things (ie magazines, tins for Xmas fudge) in tubs, I could stack them in the garage, but is that okay? Could they freeze/mildew? How do I keep insects out?

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    I do the basket in each room thing--very easy and quick. Since I have a foursquare house and everything pretty much revolves around the staircase, I just do two, one at the top of the stairs, one at the bottom. It helps for all those times when you've finished with something that belongs upstairs, for example, but are too lazy to bring it up there--rather than leave it lying around, putting it in the basket gets it out of the way and you can bring the basket up when you go upstairs next.

    Little shelves in the kitchen cupboards really help, so that things don't get piled up on top of each other, especially canned goods and dishes. I put Tupperware containers stacked by shape on a lazy susan, so I can spin it around and see which one I want, and all the lids go in a Ziploc bag next to them--saves on space.

    For cleaning, I am a big fan of DVR-ing a few episodes of "Hoarders" and "How Clean Is Your House?" Watch ten minutes of "Hoarders," and three hours later you'll suddenly realize you're on your hands and knees scrubbing the baseboards in the attic with a toothbrush.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SarahandSam View Post
    For cleaning, I am a big fan of DVR-ing a few episodes of "Hoarders" and "How Clean Is Your House?" Watch ten minutes of "Hoarders," and three hours later you'll suddenly realize you're on your hands and knees scrubbing the baseboards in the attic with a toothbrush.
    Yep--for me, it was watching a "Clean House" marathon that really got me de-junking, de-cluttering, and throwing out TONS of stuff. It helps a lot!

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