If you’ve been keeping up with me over the last few weeks, you’ve probably noticed that most of my recent posts have been dedicated to giving you tips and ideas to help you organize different aspects of your life (mail, email, delegation). As much as I enjoy teaching and sharing in this way, I don’t want my posts to be predictable and repetitive in nature (that’s code for boring).
Since I love changing things up every once in awhile, I’ve decided that today’s post would be about some of my must-have organizing tools around my house. Normally I would write a post like this for Friday Fun ~ and yes, today’s only Thursday ~ but like I said, I love changing things up! I only have a few things here at home that I absolutely can’t live without when it comes to organizing. They are functional, helpful, and make organizing easier, fun, and even a little stylish!
• My Label Maker – I actually own 2 label makers because something in my house isn’t officially “organized” until it’s been “labelized” (and yes, I just made that word up myself). The beauty of a label maker is that it is relatively inexpensive, EASY to use, and gives a clear title to your items’ homes so that everyone can know exactly where things belong. I have had success with the Dymo label maker brand and highly recommend it, although the Brother label maker (pictured) is also very popular.
• Clear containers – If something needs to be containerized in my home, I will opt for a clear container every time. Why? Because clear containers allow you to see what’s inside so you know exactly what you have, or don’t have. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve reached for the flour stored in my dark brown flour jar only to discover that I didn’t have any ~ and of course, that is when I am in the middle of baking or cooking! I could go on and on about the beauty of clear containers, but I think you get the point.
• Filing Systems – I know this one may seem a little strange since it’s not a “product”, but the filing systems I have in place in my file cabinets (both personal and business), as well as in my home office notebook, make my life so much simpler in managing my paper. Since I plan to dedicate some blog posts to files and filing systems later, I won’t go into too much detail now, but I can tell you that with the filing systems I have in place I can retrieve any document in a matter of minutes and I am never at a loss for where a paper is.
• Lazy Susan – Sadly, most lazy Susans are relegated to the kitchen, but the beauty of these roundabouts is that they can be used in a wide variety of ways if you let your imagination run wild! I’ll share how I use mine tomorrow, but here’s one way you could use a lazy Susan besides spices:
Do you have something that you use to organize your home or office that you just can’t live without? Life is so much more enjoyable when you surround yourself with the things you love. Why shouldn’t organizing be the same way?
Your organizing friend,
Go 2 Gal