EN­COUR­AGE TEAM­WORK

Secrets of Getting Organized - - Storage Doctor -

These easy strate­gies mo­ti­vate fam­ily mem­bers to play their part in cleans­ing clut­ter and keep­ing your home neat and tidy. Your fam­ily won’t even re­al­ize how help­ful they’re be­ing!

ONE OWN YOUR STUFF.

An ID tag is more than a la­bel; it’s also a sub­tle sign of re­spon­si­bil­ity. Add name la­bels to du­pli­cate items (tablets, wa­ter bot­tles, um­brel­las) and re­quire own­ers to clean up their stuff. Sim­i­larly, a bin with a per­son’s name be­comes an ap­proved drop zone for per­sonal items and in- progress projects. Any­thing lin­ger­ing out­side your bin is clut­ter.

2 KEEP IT IN BOUNDS.

CLUT­TER GROWS TO FIT ITS CON­TAINER, SO CHOOSE THE RIGHT-SIZE BIN OR BAS­KET TO SET LIM­ITS (SUCH AS THE NUM­BER OF TOYS AL­LOWED IN THE LIV­ING ROOM). DED­I­CATE ONE SHELF TO A COL­LEC­TION AND EDIT DOWN YOUR ITEMS TO FIT.

THREE MAKE IT ROU­TINE.

ONE AT A TIME, ADD A SIN­GLE, SPE­CIFIC TASK TO YOUR REG­I­MEN AND SOON YOU HAVE A HABIT. FOR EX­AM­PLE, BE­FORE LEAV­ING FOR WORK, COM­MIT TO CLEAR­ING DISHES FROM THE SINK. THE KEY IS TO STICK WITH (OR AS­SIGN) ONE TASK UN­TIL IT’S AU­TO­MATIC.

4 LEAVE AS­SIGN­MENTS TO CHANCE.

OR­GA­NIZER JAMIE NO­VAK REC­OM­MENDS WRIT­ING A NUM­BERED LIST OF 12 MINI TASKS AND HAV­ING EACH FAM­ILY MEM­BER ROLL DICE TO SEE WHICH TASK FROM THE LIST THEY’LL WORK ON. YOU CAN ALSO PULL SLIPS OF PA­PER WITH TASKS FROM A BOWL OR MAKE A DECK OF AS­SIGN­MENT CARDS.

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