Organizing Kick Start: Simple Ways To Get Started

Organizing Kick Start: Simple Ways To Get Started

Laure Joliet
Jan 5, 2011

They say that outer order can contribute to inner calm, so for the sake of mental health, try some of these simple ways to get a little bit more organized — not totally change your life organized — but have an easier time of find your keys organized.

Start At The Beginning: and organize your landing strip.
Medicine Cabinet and other Small Spaces: Start small and with spaces you use all the time. This post has great tips for organizing your medicine cabinet and junk drawer.
Keep a Household Calender: Whether it's on the computer or a physical one (we love the one pictured from Mibo — you can print it out!) having a calendar and using it is one of the best things I ever started to do. It was obvious but I didn't always keep up with it.
Laundry: I'm currently missing a hamper, so you can only imagine the chaos happening on the floor of the closet! Get laundry organized following the inspiration and tips in this post.
Uniform Hangers: A simple trick to organize the closet is to buy all the same kind of hanger (we love the wood ones from IKEA). In the process of re-hanging things, you can purge what you havent worn and also start the Abby System for weeding them out.
Pegboard: Pegboard is a great tool for organizing the kitchen, the office or the garage/storage. If you have a bunch of loose items lying around or in drawers mixed together, consider pegboarding it all.
Store the Right Things: In your closet, determine what you use least (but still use) and store it up high. Off the ground, not on a hanger, up up up.
Hooks: In the bathroom for towels, in the kitchen, in the bedroom for clothes, by the door for keys, hooks are awesome.
Buy Same Colored Organizing Supplies: This was one of our all time favorite tips from Benita Larsson of Chez Larsson — she buys all white boxes and magazine holders and bins and jars. This way no matter what the size, everything has a uniform look and keeps it looking very organized.
Label Stuff: Group like things together in boxes, jars, canisters, etc. and slap a label on them. Office supplies, bathroom essentials, pantry items. You will feel more sane knowing where things are in clearly labeled containers.
Get Motivated: Check out this post to help motivate yourself to take the small steps you need to build some momentum!

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