Your Guide to Lifelong Organization
Stay organized -- one day at a time -- with our easy-to-follow checklist.
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Too much on your to-do list? The key to staying organized is developing good habits that will last for life; but when your lists get unmanageable it's easy to backslide. If you consistently find yourself tackling clutter, it's time to rethink your getting organized system. Expert organizer Karen Ussery says to ask yourself these seven questions before beginning any organizing project:
- What do I need to have a place for?
- Does it need to be within arm's reach, or can it be put away?
- What supplies will help me stay organized?
- How can I label clearly so I remember the organizers' functions?
- Is this the easiest way, or is there a simpler way to do the same thing?
- Do I like the way my system looks and functions?
- How will I remind myself to use my new system until it becomes a habit?
Once your system is in place, get help staying organized with our handy checklist. Professional organizer Candita Clayton of Your Life Organized makes it easy with manageable tasks for every day, week and month of the year. Whether you need daily motivation or a long-range plan, stick to this list and you'll keep clutter and disorganization at bay.
STAY ORGANIZED CHECKLIST: DAILY
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