KTBC Fox 7 "News in the Morning", Austin
January 15, 2004
"Organizing Tips for the New Year"
On KTBC Fox 7 "News in the Morning", Amy shared tips
for organizing different areas of the home and office that gave viewers
new ideas and a starting point for their New Year's organizing projects:
- Clothes Closets: Did you know that we wear 20% of the clothes
in our closet 80% of the time? Take 10-15 minutes now at the beginning
of the New Year and turn all of the hangers in your closet around backwards.
As you wear an item, re-hang it the correct way. In 6 months, you'll
have a clear picture of what you really wear and what you don't. Then,
donate those items that you haven't worn!
- Home/Office Filing Systems: Now is the time to create file
folders for 2004. Take 20 minutes to create files specific to the year,
such as 2004 Taxes, Paid Bills, Personal Receipts, Business Receipts,
Brokerage Statements, etc. Then, as these different papers arrive on
your desk, you'll have a place to put them (one of the biggest causes
of clutter is items not having a home). If you haven't started a taxes
file for 2003, now is a good time to do that as end-of-year statements
will arrive in your mailbox.
- Playrooms: Playrooms are likely bursting at the seams after
the holidays. Now is a great time to phase out old or outgrown toys.
Store toys that your child has outgrown, but that you wish to save for
future children, in clear plastic containers, clearly labeled so that
you can quickly and easily identify the contents. For toys your child
is currently playing with, get rid of that huge toy box or basket! It's
tough for your child to dig through; and what's on the bottom usually
stays there. Instead, group loose toys together by type of toy (for
example: Legos,), put them in an easy-to-reach bin and place a picture
or sticker depicting what's inside the box on the front. Creating successful
storage in a playroom has 2 benefits: kids know where to find toys,
and, perhaps more importantly, they know where to return them.