How to Get Organized 101: The Details

ORG_teamwork_journalsIn January, I did a Fresh Start, Fresh New Year post on How to Get Organized 101 with tips from professional organizer, Sophie Dictos Garcia. Now that it’s Spring, which is basically synonymous with spring cleaning, it seems fitting to do a follow-up.

As John Wooden said, “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”

A few of Sophie’s detailed tips:

1. Take a subject & create a bin for it. As you can see below, we were very detailed with the bins. There are individual ones for envelopes & photo paper. The ‘office supplies’ bin includes Post-it’s, index cards, tape & rulers. We used these bins in various sizes from Target.org_small bins dedicated to ea. item

The bin for iPhone-related items is extremely helpful & anxiety-reducing. 🙂 I no longer have to dig inside the cabinet looking for a charger, lens cleaner or headphones.

new org_flashlights + iphone suppliesorg_iPhone suppliesnew org_i-related items2. Develop file systems by Subject. Thankfully, we now live in a paperless world, but there are documents you still need hard copies of (i.e. social security card, marriage license, insurance docs, etc.) that need to be filed. File by subjects like “Medical”, “Insurance”, “Home”, “Family”. org_kelly's files_birth & marriage3. Develop a separate file system by Year. Sophie suggests couples do this to document & save special items like thank you’s, invites, etc. new org_Kelly + NickIt might sound funny – she also helped me create a “pre-marriage” bin for both my husband & I to store pictures & other mementos from those years.

I hope these additional tips help you as you get your spring cleaning groove on!

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