Helpful Hints for Organizing - dummies

Helpful Hints for Organizing

By Eileen Roth, Elizabeth Miles

Part of Organizing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Getting rid of unwanted clutter and getting organized is easy if you remember these acronyms to keep you on track when it comes to tossing things, cleaning up your space, and organizing your stuff.

Using the W-A-S-T-E way to decide whether something’s worth keeping

Are you consumed by clutter? Deciding what to pitch or keep is simple if you work through these questions, and be honest:

  • W Worthwhile? Do you truly like the item?

  • A Again? Will you use it, really?

  • S Somewhere else? Can it be borrowed or found somewhere else if you need it?

  • T Toss? Will the world end if you get rid of it?

  • E Entire? Do you need the whole thing or just part of it?

Using R-E-M-O-V-E to clear off your desktop

Do you have a desktop disaster? Clear your desktop and get your desk set up for success by looking at the items on your desk and using these simple steps:

  • RReduce distractions, like knickknacks.

  • EEveryday use items stay on top of your desk.

  • MMove items to the preferred side, like the right side if you’re right-handed.

  • OOrganize together, keep similar items grouped together.

  • VView your time, keep a clock on your desk.

  • EEmpty the center so you have a clean workspace.

Putting everything in its P-L-A-C-E

Is there stuff everywhere? Use these tips for de-cluttering, getting items organized, and making your space nice and neat:

  • PPurge: Get rid of it, especially by making a donation.

  • LLike with like: Create a center for things, such as sewing or tools.

  • AAccess: Create a spot that is easy to get to your things.

  • CContain: Use containers to create space and keep things together.

  • EEvaluate: Does this organizational layout work?