Common Organizing Problem Areas
Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated January 23, 2020)
For some reason, there are some areas around us that have a tendency to become more disorganized and haphazard than others. Learning what these areas are, and how they can quickly become disorganized, is one way that you can begin to bring a bit of organization to your life. It may be surprising to some, but these five places are typically the most commonly disorganized areas for just about anyone. Keep reading to find out how to deal with these common organizing problem areas.
- Desktop. Who doesn't have a desktop? Whether it is at home, work, or school a desktop is simply one of the first places that can become a disorganized mess. Strangely, this is also one of the easiest places to keep organized. All you really need to do is use a little bit of your free time to keep things straight. Yes, you actually do have free time. For example, while you are on hold on the phone, pick up any unused papers, paperclips, pens, and so forth and put them away.
- Junk drawer. Every home has a junk drawer and it is usually one of the three most disorganized locations in a home. All you need to do to really keep this organized is spend about five minutes a week. Simply go through the drawer and throw away anything that you no longer need. Anything that you still need, organize a little bit. Use a little creativity in your organization though. For example, if you have an empty checkbook box, use it to store pens or batteries that you don't want thrown away.
- Purse. Believe it or not, even men have a purse—it is what is used as a portable "catch-all" that can't be done with out. This could be a briefcase, backpack, duffle bag, or even a day planner. Just as with your junk drawer, go through your "purse" for five minutes each week and get rid of anything that you no longer need. Anything that you still need to hold onto, take time to organize.
- Refrigerator. Have you ever noticed how easy it is for your refrigerator to become a disorganized mess? This is usually because we have a habit of simply opening the door and putting things where we can, without taking the time to plan it out. After putting something in the fridge, we then have a habit of forgetting about it. Remember to go through your fridge at least once a week to get rid of anything that has expired, or that you no longer want to have. This will help keep the clutter down immensely.
- Linen closet. Do you really need to hold onto every single sheet, towel, or blanket that you have ever owned? The short answer is no. On average, all you really need to have is one or two "good" rags, and enough towels, blankets, and so on for everyone to use. A simple calculation that you can use to figure this out, is to plan on everyone having two complete sets of everything. This way, while one set is getting cleaned, the other set can be used.