My perfumes and powders reside on my dresser in this basket.
My perfumes and powders reside on my dresser in this basket.

My goal—to spend as little time cleaning as possible. The key—work smarter, not harder.

Designate each area of storage for a purpose.

If I know that my top drawer is for my underwear then when I put away my underwear I put it in the top drawer. If I need underwear I know that it is in my top drawer. Carry this principle to each storage area—large and small—in your home.

Ask yourself—If I were looking for this, where would I look?

Other principles– store items near where they are used.  Group like items together. Like items can be in what they are or how they are

I found these shoe storage boxes at Dollar Tree. They are labelled with the type of shoe stored in them.
I found these shoe storage boxes at Dollar Tree. They are labelled with the type of shoe stored in them.

used. Are these items kitchen utensils, office supplies, articles of clothing? Some items are used in many areas—I have scissors in the laundry area, in our desks, in my closet for snipping stray threads, in the kitchen, and in my gift wrap center. I have lint rollers in my closet, in the laundry area, and in the coat closet—stored where lint rollers would potentially be needed.

Place, don’t stash. The drawer in the end table near where I normally sit has a variety of items—stamps, return address labels, pens, and coasters as well as they key to turn off the gas in our gas fireplace. That is a variety of items but are all things I use in that area. I use small bins I found at Target and the Dollar Tree to corral like items within the drawer. Items are placed, not stashed in the drawers.

Keys and OutGoing Mail Live Here
Keys and Out-Going Mail Live Here

Designate a place for:

  • Your keys
  • Your purse, backpack
  • Your coats
  • The various categories of your clothes
  • Your books and papers
  • Bills

Knowing where to store the items in your home  will save you time and money. Be purposeful.

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