Simple Tips to Stay Organized

posted by Andrea | 11/8/2010

In an effort to keep things REALLY simple today, I’ve listed Top Ten Simple Tips to Staying Organized.

All of these “tips” should be pretty self explanatory…and if you really think about it, each task would only take you a minute or two to complete. However, if you let them all pile up for days or even weeks at a time, they become an overwhelming burdon.

Oh, and I’ve even included this fun printable that you can download and print for free!!

So, as the holiday season approaches and your life gets just a little MORE hectic; put  these 10 tips in a prominate location around your home {bathroom mirror, refrigerator, back door, bed-side table} and remind yourself that a few minutes spent NOW will reduce lots of time, energy, and stress later.

After all, Christmas is only 47 days away!


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  2. Brooke


    I definitely like your version of the list. Here’s my little history lesson of the day. The author of the Golden Rules for Living (the original version) is Miriam Hamilton Keare who sent it into Ann Launders in the 1950’s. Very cool history 😉

    If you open it, close it.

    If you turn it on, turn it off.

    If you unlock it, lock it up.

    If you break it, admit it.

    If you can’t fix it, call in someone who can.

    If you borrow it, return it.

    If you value it, take care of it.

    If you make a mess, clean it up.

    If you move it, put it back.

    If it belongs to someone else, get permission to use it.

    If you don’t know how to operate it, leave it alone.

    If it’s none of your business, don’t ask questions.


  3. Tammy aka @Tammy_Skipper


    Thanks for sharing the printable, I’m finishing a new home binder and while I have a cover I love, this would make a great one (I’ll be making mine the ‘back’ of the binder. thanks!


  4. Tina Portis


    This is great! You rock!


  5. Gina


    I agree with the list and generally follow these rules. Now to get others in the household to follow these rules! 😉


  6. oh amanda


    Oh man. I need this. Mainly b/c if I don’t do it, my kids won’t! LOL!


  7. Kelly


    Thanks for the printable! I will be hanging this in the kitchen… and in my daughter’s bedroom!


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  9. Jocelyn


    Definitely printing this out =) My brother has a plaque-like thing in his room that lists similar things – it’s called Mom’s Ten Commandments =)


  10. Erika


    LOVE this! I think I’ll print it for my husband! 😉 (hehehe)


  11. Stephanie


    Love this post and its absolutely true!!!