Desk/of­fice

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eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble.

Seg­ment the pantry into stor­age cat­e­gories and keep cat­e­gories gen­eral to en­sure that ev­ery item will be ac­counted for. (For ex­am­ple: break­fast, din­ner, snacks, sweets, cook­ing and bak­ing.) This also makes it eas­ier to un­pack gro­ceries. easy for lit­tle hands to hold, like bins or soft draw­ers. For over­sized or bulky items like stuffed an­i­mals, use a ham­per.

Color-co­or­di­nate toys and books so chil­dren can find what they’re look­ing for. As a bonus, it turns the cleanup process into a game.

Set up fold­ers or boxes to cat­e­go­rize pa­pers. If the of­fice is shared, Shearer and Teplin like to des­ig­nate sep­a­rate areas for each mem­ber of the fam­ily. For boxes or larger con­tain­ers, or­ga­nize and store vis­i­bly on a shelv­ing sys­tem.

High­light the items that make you happy on a daily ba­sis. Keep­ing them in clear view helps in­spire cre­ativ­ity and adds a per­sonal touch.

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