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By Monika Kristofferson
Professional Organizer 

Efficient Organization | Top 3 Home Organizational Tools


October 8, 2013

Use these three home organizational tools to organize your home and your life today!

For any home to run smoothly, efficiently and well-organized, there are a few tools you need to make it happen!

Home Organizational Tool # 1:

A day planner.

I would be lost without mine! Everything in my day begins and ends with the day planner. Use whatever type of calendar works for you-a calendar with squares, a white board, an electronic system.

The point is to have one place where you can jot down all of your activities and even little reminders like phone calls to make or errands to run.

Get in the habit of checking it every night to review and prepare for the next day’s activities.

Home Organizational Tool # 2:

A mail center.

It is crucial to have one place for all the current, incoming papers that come your way. Every day we have so much paper coming into our homes-from work, the mail, bills, the kid’s school.

Purchase a step sorter and file folders to separate papers until you have time to deal with them. Be sure to clearly label your folders.

Some examples of the folder names may be: Bills to Pay, Papers to Read, Things to Do. Think about what you are dealing with regularly and give it a home with a name.

Home Organizational Tool # 3:

A label machine.

No matter how nice your writing is, nothing can top the clear, clean look of a label from a label machine. You don’t have to spend very much money at all to get a handy little machine. I have two, one expensive and one inexpensive and I like them both.

Using labels on folders, files and storage bins makes it very clear to everyone in the home where to get something and exactly where to put it back.

It makes it much more likely that belongings will be found easily.

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