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HOW CAN I BETTER ORGANIZE THE GADGETS CLUTTERING MY SMALL KITCHEN?
Sort your gadgets by type (baking, appliances, everyday cooking, specialty cooking) and then decide where each category should go, based on use. Relocate items rarely used to a storage closet and keep often used things in a kitchen cabinet.
ANY TIPS ON DECLUTTERING MY OUT OF CONTROL, EMAIL INBOX?
First, stop the influx of emails by unsubscribing from all unwanted emails. Second, create category-specific folders to store answered emails, and make the effort to move all emails from your inbox to these folders, once they’ve been answered. Third, try to maintain your inbox so that it only contains your most current, most important emails.
HOW CAN I ORGANIZE THE CLUTTER THAT ACCUMULATES ON MY BATHROOM COUNTER?
Pull the bathroom products you use daily and separate them into categories such as makeup, face products, and hair products. Then, contain these everyday products in, drawer organizers, and move anything rarely used to a storage closet. A tip to maximizing your drawer space is to purchase drawer organizers that when placed together, fill your entire drawer, without gaps of space.
MY FRIDGE AND PANTRY ARE ALWAYS A MESS— ANY TIPS TO DECLUTTERING, AND THEN, MAINTAINING THESE AREAS?
First, catch up by sorting through the contents of both, and getting rid of anything expired, and anything you likely won’t use. Second, shift things around so things are grouped by category, and so that the things you use most are front and center. Finally, based on placement, optimize your space by moving your shelves, or purchasing any organizing products that will help contain things, or optimize the space.
NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES I ASK, MY KID’S DUMP THEIR SHOES, COATS, AND BACKPACKS IN THE MUDROOM— ANY TIPS?
Start by giving each child a specific, personalized space for their things. Within each person’s designated area, include an obvious, easy to use place for each thing, and label each place with their name. For example, go to the extreme of labeling ‘Tom’s Shoe Bin’ ‘Tom’s Backpack Hook’, so that there is no question where things live.
HOW DO I PREVENT THE DAILY CLUTTER DUMP ONTO OUR KITCHEN TABLE?
Start by assessing what is getting dumped here, and determine if you’ve designated places where this stuff is supposed to go. If you have not, find a new spot for these categories of things, and make sure to introduce everyone to the new spot. For example, if your kids are dumping their returned homework on your kitchen table, designate a nearby basket, or wall organizer, for such papers.