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Build and Organised Home
Overwhelmed and uninspired? A disorganised home may be partly to blame. But when you work all day, and still have to maintain a home, where do you start? Being organised puts you in control of your space, your possessions, your time and ultimately your life. So, use it as a tool to help you create the space that will nourish you, inspire you and clear the way for you to pursue and achieve your goals.
Use the following suggestions to help you regain control of your home, your time and your life. Identify the areas that do not relax or invigorate you and -
1. DE-CLUTTER. Clutter is depressing; it reminds you of your disorganised life and perpetuates feelings of overwhelm and stagnation. To add structure to your home, your time and your life, begin by de-cluttering your environment - a process of sorting, discarding, donating, and displaying only what is important and necessary. Keep empty boxes marked KEEP, TRASH and DONATE handy as you work your way from room to room. Take this aspect of organizing to every room, corner, cabinet, drawer and shelf in your home. Don't forget your computer but ensure that you backup important documents and files.
2. ORGANISE. Once you have cleared the clutter, organise what remains. Assign a home for everything: remote control, mail, medication, reading material, home/work/business tasks and stationery, hobby tools and supplies, etc. Use storage containers that fit your organisational style - (a) Visual - wire trays and baskets, open shelving, glass cabinet doors, drawers with see-through fronts. (b) Camouflaged - filing cabinets, baskets or containers with covers, bookshelves with doors, desks with drawers. Think of creative ways to make spaces work for your needs and how you live. If family members have different organisation styles, buy a mix of storage units so that everyone can organise their items and their lives efficiently.
3. SIMPLIFY. Now that there is a place for everything and everything is in its place, devise ways to make your life simple. • Make space, storage units, furniture, etc. do double duty. Use your dining table as a desk or worktable. Kitchen cabinets can house tools and supplies for your hobby. Designate a shelf or two in a closet for holiday decorations or gift wrapping supplies. Place decorative baskets on the shelf beneath the coffee table to hold toys, books, magazines, remote controls, etc. • Have a ready-made grocery list. Print out a computerised list of the things you normally buy. Hang the list on your refrigerator. Tick the items you need and when it is time to shop, grab your list and go. • Cook smart. When you cook, make enough for at least two meals. If you do this each night for one whole week, you will have seven meals for the next week or for those days when you want to take it easy. • If you can find storage space, buy in bulk. If not, team up with another family with limited storage space. You will enjoy the financial benefits of bulk buying without the hassle of finding a place to store the quantity of items.
Look around your home and identify those areas that may be causing overwhelm, stagnation and other negative feelings. Whether you tackle it in one big gulp or bite-sized pieces, de-cluttering, organising and simplifying can help you create a home that soothes the stress caused by the storms of daily life, nourishes your body and spirit, strengthens family bonds, and inspires you to enjoy your hobbies and pursue your dreams. Are you ready to build a more organized home?
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