This tip is a snippet from the online workshop The FUNdamentals of Getting Organized. It’s like a little taste test that you can put into action today to begin seeing more order in your home. Enjoy!

Organizing FUNdamental #11: Assign a place for everything.

You’ve probably heard the organizing mantra “A place for everything, everything in its place.” This fundamental is about the first part of that equation—assigning a place for everything. An organized home functions easily because your activities and items have a designated, logical and convenient home. When you assign specific spots for the items in your home, your home begins to make more sense—it starts to feel organized. (And maintaining it becomes easier, too.)

I’d also like to point out that this FUNdamental says “assign a place” for everything, and not “assign places for everything.” Whenever possible, assign a single location for each item. In other words, assign one home for batteries, light bulbs, and extra personal care items such as shampoo, soap and toothpaste. This will make it easier to remember where things are and keep track of how much is on hand. This means you’ll be less likely to stock up on stuff you don’t need (and don’t have space for).

stop sign graphicTake Action! Put this FUNdamental into action today by taking a look at any clutter in your home. Do you have items without a designated home? If so, assign a spot for your homeless items by considering where you use them most often. You may need to declutter or rearrange items to get your homeless stuff to fit, but in the end, it will be worth it when your home functions seamlessly.

Happy organizing!

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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and organizing eBooks.

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