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Controlling Chaos A clean, organized workspace can save time, stress and even money. By Kim Molitor and Carrie Christensen

workspace can save time, stress and even money. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your messy, disorganized space, take a hard look and see what’s overwhelming you the most. Organization covers just about anything that will keep your day-to-day needs and schedule on track. Here are several ideas to help you get started. Declutter Your Space

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f you’ve given up on your New Year’s resolutions, here’s a great one to bring back for spring: become more organized. You’ll have a sense of renewal as you declutter and organize following a long, hard winter. Whether this includes

your office, pantry, closet, or car, the key is to make the goals simple and attainable in order to achieve success. Any number of studies show how being organized can increase your overall productivity. A clean, organized

Contributors ________ Kim Molitor and Carrie Christensen are the owners of Simplicity Redefined, providing functional space design, productivity, and home improvement solutions.

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The best and most efficient way to declutter a space is to start by taking everything out. Decluttering is all about making room for the things that truly matter. Be honest with yourself, do you use it, need it, or love it? If not, either throw it away or create a donation box. Fight the temptation to re-organize your clutter. Be sure you’re getting rid of things, not simply putting them away. Find Systems that Work for You

As you organize all the items you decide to keep, remember to keep it simple. It is imperative you give everything a designated place within your newly organized space. This may include purchasing file folders, baskets, drawer dividers, or simply being aware of the flow of traffic and clutter in your environment.

Everything you’re organizing should be accessible, and kept in a place that is functional. Regularly Address Functionality of Your Space

The goal is for your organized spaces to be kept clean and tidy. However, you may need to make a few adjustments. If your space is starting to get cluttered again, re-evaluate. Many times it’s simply that there’s too much stuff in the space, the items are not easily accessible, or things are not getting put back in their proper place. You will be amazed how a few minor adjustments can make a significant difference. Establish a Routine

Daily routines can help you maximize your time. Schedule a few minutes at the end of each day to tidy your workspace or your home. Put items back where they belong so you can find them the next time they’re needed. Keeping spaces organized will give you a sense of calm and new beginnings. There are many systems that can aid with organization, making your life simpler and reducing daily distractions to help you move toward your goals.