The meals, the kids, the housework, the job...the only way to stay sane is to get organized. Fat chance, you say? Remember, the goal of organizing isn't to make your house pristine; it's to make your life more functional. So don't straighten for neatness sake--create an organized foundation for all the roles you play.
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1. Assign specific living quarters to everything you own.
2. Put things where they work for you: vitamins by the juice glasses, coat hooks in the garage next to the car.
3. A small, open basket on the coffee table keeps remote controls from slipping between sofa cushions, says professional organizer Kathy Waddill, author of The Organizing Sourcebook: Nine Strategies for Simplifying Your Life.
4. Move all your CDs to a storage wallet. Say bye-bye to jewel boxes and CD stands!
5. Put wastebaskets in every room, suggests Waddill.
6. Whenever you run across anything empty, ripped, the wrong size or never used, immediately toss it in the trash or a charity box.
7. To stay on track, jot your cleaning routine on index cards and post them, says Debbie Williams, founder of www.organizedtimes.com.
8. Use a plastic caddy, not valuable shelf space, to store cleaning supplies for surfaces and floors. Keep it on the broom and mop closet floor (locked, if you have small children) and tote it from room to room.
9. Store sheet sets in the same room as the bed, between the mattress and box spring or tucked into an underbed box.
10. Keep a cedar chest (or a light-weight wicker basket if you have young children to avoid accidents) at the foot of your bed to hide blankets and extra pillows.
11. Tuck a whisk broom and dustpan in each bathroom for a daily dust-up.
12. Put a different color toilet paper than usual behind your stash of regular rolls. When a colored roll ends up on the spool, it's time to buy more.
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SOURCE: Womans Day