Organizing Doodads All Those Little Things Every Home Needs But You Can Never Find
Everyone has those little miscellaneous things around the house you need but can't find when you need them. You know you have them "somewhere" but you always have to hunt all over the place looking for them.Things like hooks, felt pads that stick under things to help them slide, rubber stops to keep things from sliding, twistie ties, batteries, lightbulbs, random nails and screws, various glues, tapes, and on and on. Sound familiar?.And how about all those extra pieces to things? Like that new phone you bought. It has a piece with it that allows you to hang it on the wall, but you aren't hanging it on a wall.
Or a new bookshelf that came with extra pegs so you could add another shelf if you like. Or perhaps your new cell phone has a belt clip with it that you never use. You know what I'm talking about.Perhaps you thought you were the only one that had a hard time finding homes for these little clutter challenges. It turns out everyone (except maybe Martha Stewart) gets stumped by them.
You can find these things scattered randomly in nearly every home. As an organizing consultant, I see them all the time. No one knows where to put them. Why? Because they seem to defy categorization. Here's how to give all of them a home.Create a Hardware Store Area in your home.
Many clutter challenges are solved by creating your own little "Home Depot" Hardware Store. I've created these in laundry areas, garages, basements, linen closets or any large area where it is convenient, but out of the way. You can give the area all sorts of names. Utility Closet, Supply Area, Gadget Department, whatever appeals to you.Some homes have a utility area but still can't find what they need because it's a jumbled mess.
The trick to making this space work for you is to treat it as a place where you will need to "find" things. Not as simply a place to "put" things.In order to find things, you need to come up with some creative sub-categories to help you group all those little things you only have one or two of. Here are some of the categories I've come up with to sort things that defy easy categorization in the "Hardware Store".
TV related cables and stuff, Stereo related cables and stuff, and so on.But hold on. We aren't done yet. To make the whole system work there are three organizing principles you must apply to each of the departments you set up.
TIPS FOR FAMILIES: As a way to get the whole family involved in using your new Hardware Store area, why not have a little fun with it? Let the kids help with the labeling and finding containers. Perhaps have a contest to creatively name the area, the categories within it, and choose the labels to put on things and give little prizes..
There you have it. Once you get this hardware / supply / utility area set up and organized, you will find things all over your home that now can be given a proper home. Bit by bit, your clutter will transform into handy, useful items. You'll save time and money, so why not treat yourself to that pedicure or massage you've been wanting. You deserve it!.© 2006 Ariane Benefit..Ariane Benefit, M.S.Ed., is a professional organizer, coach, author and speaker with over 25 years experience helping people and businesses reach new heights of performance.
She has written over 80 articles which can be found on the popular "Neat Living Blog: Neat Ideas for Living" at http://www.NeatLiving.net and at http://www.OrganizingForHealth.com. Ariane resides in Bloomfield, NJ with her husband, Alan and three adorable Maine Coone cats.
When not helping people organize their lives, she enjoys gardening, entertaining, traveling and riding her motorcycle.
By: Ariane Benefit
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