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4 Areas to Organize While You're Quarantined

Learn how to organize 4 major areas while stuck in the house

I don’t know about you, but 2020 has not been the year that I expected it to be so far. Don’t get me wrong – it hasn’t been all bad, but it definitely has been different to say the least. As I write this, the world has been put in a timeout due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) for the past two weeks and it doesn’t look like we’ll be leaving this corner any time soon. My family and friends have had to worry about their health, the health of their families and things that no one ever thought they would worry about (like whether stores have restocked essentials such as toilet paper and Lysol wipes). People all over the world are learning how to do things in a new way – like hosting a business meeting virtually or homeschooling their children. Now you see why I said that 2020 has been different…

Despite all that’s happening, one thing is true for everyone – we have a TON of free time on our hands now! So why not use some of that time to cross some of those organizing projects off of your list? Here are 4 areas that you can organize while you’re stuck in the house.

Home office/Workspace. Most of us have a space in our house that we use to work from - it may not be a formal “home office” but it’s a place where we go to focus. I don’t know about you, but I can’t focus when my space is messy. Take a few minutes to:

        a. Throw away all pens, markers, and highlighters that don’t work

        b. Recycle everything that is out of date like pamphlets, letterheads, and business cards

        c. Set up trays or baskets on top of your desk for mail, things on your to-do list and things to file

Living Room/Family Room. Since we’ve been in the house for a few weeks now, our living rooms have become our sanctuaries. This space should be a place where you can relax, watch tv and spend time with family (and friends…as long as there are less than 10 of them and you practice social distancing 😊). Take some time to:

        a. Purge and organize and hidden storage areas such as drawers and cabinets

        b. Clear off the coffee table and end tables

        c. Declutter your walls; take down all old pictures and only put back up your favorite things

Basement. How you go about organizing your basement is based on the type of basement your home has. No matter what type or size of the room you have, the number one goal should be to NOT use this space as a dumping area when you can’t decide what to do with your possessions. Take some time to sort through all of the items you keep down there and make three piles:

        a. Toss/Sell/Donate – these are items that are broken, moldy or mildewed and things that you know you will never use or no longer want.

b. Belongs to someone else – pretty self-explanatory, but these are items that you may have borrowed from family or friends and are taking up real estate. Be sure to contact the owner of these items and ask if they want them back. If they don’t then add them to another pile.

        c. Keep – items that you know you want to hold on to. If you would like, you can organize these things based on categories and store them properly.

Attic. How long has it been since you’ve been in your attic? This can be a place of no return for many of those items that you decided to keep, but it doesn’t have to be! Take time to:

        a. Honestly ask yourself if the things you have stored there are worth keeping. If it’s something that you can use in your daily life then it needs to be in a place that is 

            easily accessible

        b. Categorize items by holiday/season (if you’re dealing with decorations) or family member (if clothes are involved)

        c. Place each category in its own bin and label the side of the container for easy identification

There’s no better way to spend your time inside than getting organized, so let’s get to it, Tidy Team!


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