Tips for Getting Organized
Getting organized at home starts with eliminating the clutter to streamline the process. It’s a lot easier to get everything organized when you have less stuff to sort through and deal with. Here are some tips to help you determine what you need, what you can lose and how to let it all go.
File Important Paperwork
Tax returns should be kept for six years. The IRS reports that they generally will only go back three years, and will only go back six years if they find a substantial error.
A good rule of thumb is to hold on to credit bills and other paperwork for one year. At the end of the year, keep only the December statement and shred the rest. You can also choose to go electronic and eliminate this chore completely.
Duplicate Home Items
If you have four casserole pans that are the same size, ask yourself how often you use them all at the same time. The fact is, you probably don’t need more than two. Go through the house and eliminate the duplicates. The same process should be done with movies, music, kitchen supplies and even tools.
Getting rid of the clutter will make getting organized faster and easier. When it comes to the rest of the household items, ask yourself a few basic questions. Do you need it? Do you love it? Do you use it? If the answer to all three is no, then you should dispose of the item.