Get it together Tips for organizing your life

The tree is down, the ornaments have been packed, and the holiday décor has been stowed for the next 11 months. But somehow those tree trimmings have multiplied and no longer seem to fit in their storage boxes. Perhaps you’ve accumulated more holiday ornamentation that you’ve used lately or are holding on to those not-so-fitting gifts that you’ve received over the years. Are you at the point that you just don’t know what to do with it all? It’s time to declutter and get organized.

“People tend to get overwhelmed when their home is unorganized,” said Angie Weid, a professional home, office, and life organizer and owner of Organized Solutions, which has been serving families in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan for the past 12 years.

Professional organizer, Angie Weid, tackles a client’s basement.
Professional organizer, Angie Weid,
tackles a client’s basement.

“Organization reduces the stress and strain of life and just makes things easier by giving you more time to spend with loved ones and more time to do the things you want to do,” she adds.

Weid explains that when your spaces are organized, you are able to find things faster, and you know what you have. “You’ll actually save money because you know what’s in your pantry. You won’t be tempted to buy more boxes of macaroni and cheese that you don’t need or extra supplies that you already have. In an organized office, you’ll know which bills you’ve paid and which you haven’t, avoiding overdraft fees and penalties.”

If organizing your life sounds overwhelming, Weid suggests to start small. “You don’t have to organize the whole house in one day. Work on one area at a time like a tabletop, drawer or a shelf. Ten to 15 minutes per day is really all you need.” If you’re not sure where to start, Weid recommends to begin by doing a general evaluation of your home. “Take a glance around then write down what you like about the space and the things that you want to change. Making a list helps to create some goals to work toward. Just like losing weight or quitting smoking, organization doesn’t happen overnight. Take it slow.”

And what about all of that clutter? “Make sure the things you have are your brightest and shiniest. If something doesn’t make you happy, why do you have it?”