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So one of your goals this year is to get organized. That’s a great goal! When you are organized you can be much more productive in life. But the problem you are running into is how to get started. Have no fear I got you covered. Let me share with you some initial steps to getting organized.

Step 1: Begin with the clutter that you see everyday. This can be your kitchen, livingroom, garage or hallway closet. Once you declutter one of these areas you will be motivated to do other areas and keep the process going.

Step 2: Give a home to everything in your house. By having a place to put things back it makes it easier for your family members and you to put things where they belong without getting lazy and leaving it where it lies. And when you are assigning a home to everything make sure that you have the proper storage for those items.

Step 3: Use hooks. Put hooks at your front entrance so that you can hang your keys and purse there. You will always know where these things are and not running around the house looking for them.

Step 4: Set up a basket for incoming mail. Mail is still the biggest bugaboo for many people. There are many ways to stop incoming junk mail, but for what you do get you need to have a designated spot for it all when it comes in. Don’t walk mail around the house. When you get it you should take the time right then and there to make a decision of what to do with it. Should it be filed, should it be tossed, should it be shredded, or do you need to reply or do something with the information inside. Making these decisions right then and there will help to keep the paper mail monster at bay.

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Step 5: Get rid of no longer wanted or needed things. Go through expired coupons, old magazines, old medicines. All of these things are taking up valuable space. Don’t fall for the “I’m going to read it someday” syndrome when it comes to magazines.

Taking these simple steps will help you to begin the process of organizing. Remember it doesn’t all have to be done in a weekend, but small changes here and there do add up. So don’t get discouraged on your journey to a more organized home. An organized home helps you to have a peaceful and uncluttered mind. Until next time…

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