If your New Year’s resolution was the promise of order in your new Parry home and you have already purchased a new storage system, here are some ideas of organization for the things that you have collected, created and need to live with in your Pittsburg new home.
For a stress free morning, have a departure cabinet or area by the door that is part shoe closet and part catch all with everyone’s gear in clear view and grouped by function.
Sports Center: Gloves and shin guards get checked at the door so that they aren’t strung throughout your Parry home.
Family Calendar: The back of a door can hold a dry-erase board for the current and upcoming weeks and for outbound mail and forms.
Dog Bin: Store your pets leash, waste bags, towels and treats where it is accessible to everyone in the family for pet duties.
Mini Catchall: A visible shelf or basket for items like sunglasses, umbrellas, sunblock or car keys.
If you have more room to spare, store off-season gear like hats, gloves and scarves in a bin on an upper shelf until they are needed.
Keep slippers in a couple of sizes for your family and visiting Pittsburg guests.
Group raingear together, things like umbrellas, ponchos and hats.
If room allows, tuck a small step stool into a low shelf convenient for putting on shoes or reaching the higher shelves.
A home office is another area that can use organization. There is usually more than one task going on in this area and it takes work to keep it clutter free. It helps to know what records you need to keep and for how long.
1 Year: Paid bills such as utility and telephone bills, copies of checks for non-tax-deductible items and annual investment statements.
7 Years: IRS tax records and forms, bank and credit card statements and records of deductible expenses, such as charitable contributions.
For long as they are active: Contracts, mortgage record, real-estate deeds, home improvement receipts, paid bills for insurable purchases, stock or bond certificates and vehicle titles.
Indefinitely: Birth Certificates, marriage and divorce papers, Social Security cards, passports, education records and military service records.
Hopefully this will help to end the procrastination and move you toward your goal of organizing your new Parry home.