The idea of getting organized can be a little overwhelming. Trying to figure out where to start can cause a certain level of paralysis to set in. Here's a tip - it doesn't matter where you start, all that matters is that you actually do start. If you need some motivation here are four quick projects that will create an immediate impact. These small success should inspire you to continue down the organizing path.
Do a fridge and pantry purge.
It's quite common to have food taking up space that is never going to be eaten. Go through your fridge and pantry and remove all the food that is past its peak, as well as anything you're unlikely to eat. Give away still good items to your local food bank. As you purge tidy up your shelves, grouping like foods together. This is a quick task that will save loads of time later. Consider dedicating one shelf in your fridge for leftovers; this makes overlooking them less likely and reduces the chance that they will go to waste.
Clear car clutter.
Grab a trash bag and do fast chucking of all rubbish. Gather up anything that does not belong in the car and return the items to their rightful locations. Do a glove box inventory. Ideally you should have a small flashlight and tire guage, as well as the paperwork needed in a traffic stop. In the states that means registration and proof of insurance. Now do a quick interior wipe down, and if you can manage a fast vacuuming. Going forward use gassing up as signal to toss garbage and wash windows. Self serve stations always have a big trash bin handy and it takes practically zero extra time, so you have no excuses. This is the easiest way to keep your car tidy.
Clear your computer desktop.
The computer desktop is a lot like the physical desktop - it attracts all kinds of stuff. Random documents, photos, notes and so much more. Just because it's virtual doesn't mean the clutter isn't a problem. If you sit down at your computer and you are greeted with ten or more icons, it's probably a sign you need to do some purging and organizing. Send anything that has lost its usefulness to the trash and then empty the trash to free disk space. The files you want to keep should be given meaningful names and archived appropriately. From now on make it a habit to spend ten minutes a week cleaning off your desktop. You will make finding what you need that much easier.
Clean your purse.
The purse, or the what some call the black hole, is a workhorse. That's great, it should be, but it doesn't need to become a pack mule. Clear some flat space and dump the contents. Ditch all the obvious trash - crumpled tissues, gum wrappers, ancient receipts and so on. Clean out your wallet. It's prudent to carry only the credit and/or debit cards you use on a regular basis. The less you have in your purse the easier it is to keep it organized. Small zipper cases make organizing the contents of your purse much easier. I have two in my purse. One holds my on-the-go makeup, a comb and a travel size hand lotion. The other holds wet wipes, ibuprofen, band aids, a nail file, and few other necessities. In a pocket I keep a small notebook and pen for jotting notes. When I add in my wallet and phone, I am good to go, but I haven't weighed myself down with clutter. Everyone is different, but I challenge to to lighten up as much as you can. From now on don't use your purse as a catchall. To make this easier keep a zip top plastic baggie in your purse and use that to corral anything that shouldn't be living permanently in your purse. Once home you won't have to dig, you can just grab the baggie.
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