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  • Get it Together

    10 tips for organizing your life
  • Deniece Schofield, author of four books on home management and organization, appeared in Medford recently for two workshops on getting organized. Following are 10 of her tips for getting your life in order:
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  • Deniece Schofield, author of four books on home management and organization, appeared in Medford recently for two workshops on getting organized. Following are 10 of her tips for getting your life in order:
    • Store infrequently used objects. People tend to place things they rarely use in easily accessible spots, then complain they have no space.
    • Organize a room using four boxes labeled: trash, donate, belongs in another room, don't know. Place everything you don't use or look at into one of those boxes. Then toss the trash, place the donation box in your car, return items to their rightful place and put the "don't know" box in the attic, garage or other out-of-the-way place. If you don't open that box in a year, get rid of it.
    • Stop perfectionism. Don't let an imperfect situation be an excuse to do nothing. Even if you don't have time to wash all the windows, you might have time to wash one. Learn to be happy with doing things in incremental bits of time. Large blocks of time are too hard to come by.
    • Organize with a buddy. A friend can be objective about your belongings and help you be more realistic.
    • Label all containers. That way, everyone knows where things belong.
    • Whenever possible, store things where they're used, even if that means duplicating some items.
    • Maintenance is the key to keeping things organized. Once the room is clean, spend five minutes a day keeping it that way.
    • Limit toys. If toys are a problem, perhaps there are too many. Toss broken toys, then donate the extras. Or place some of the toys in a box and store for a while. Every so often, rotate them back in. Voila — new toys!
    • Eliminate floating bits of paper by writing down everything you need to remember, including appointments and your to-do list in a daily planner. Use the planner to transfer information from incoming paper, too, such as invitations, meetings, parties, etc. Once you've transferred the info, toss the invitation.
    • Don't become too organized. You can make home a place that people leave to enjoy themselves. The goal is to make home a place people want to be, where they can relax and feel welcomed.
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