Sunday, February 17, 2008

Getting Things "To-Done"

Hope you all had a Happy Valentine's Day celebrating with someone you love.

Lately, I’ve been spending time thinking about how to make the home a more efficient place. I turned my attention back to my own thoughts on zone organizing. I have a “To Do Zone” in my home, and I couldn’t think of a better way to explain this myself, so I’m quoting Helen Buttigieg of Neat fame.

* Have a “To-Do” Zone

Most of us keep an on-going ‘to-do’ list but what about the materials that are required for many of those tasks, like the gift you still have to wrap or the library book you have to return? They often end up strewn about in different parts of the house. It makes it much easier if all the physical items you need to take action on are located in one place. Consider designating a bookcase, shelving unit or extra closet as your ‘to-do’ zone to act as a temporary holding tank for work still in progress.

© Copyright 2007 by Hellen Buttigieg, We Organize U. Reprinted with permission from the We Organize U Newsletter. Visit

My personal “To Do” zone is the wet bar area of our home. This area would be an otherwise unused space but, with the addition of a hutch, it has become the perfect spot for my office (and my pre-schooler’s art space). What area in your home are you under-using that would make the perfect space for your to do zone?

Next week I’ll fill you in on a very important new member of my “To Do Zone”.

And while we’re getting things done, are you ready to clean out some REAL clutter?

It’s time to take 15 minutes and….. Clutter Sweep the pile of catalogs and magazines that have been piling up. I just realized that my basket is full and many of the things lurking below the surface are from the Christmas Season. YIKES! That is not the gift that keeps on giving.

Obviously, catalogs that you have no intention of ordering from can hit the recycle bin. All stocked up on bedding and drapes? Say good-bye to the home catalog. (This is a general rule. You do not have to keep and peruse EVERY catalog that comes into your home. Those that are not useful to you can be tossed before they ever make it through the front door.)

Next, check “order by” dates and immediately toss the expired catalogs. Don’t worry, they will send you more.

Finally any magazines that you have already read may be tossed as well. You have read it; let it go. Magazines that you are keeping can be put onto your bookshelf while stored in a magazine butler for display, protection, and ease of access. If you are saving a magazine for one particular article/recipe, consider removing only the part you want and filing it away or putting it with your weekly menu.

Ah, now there’s breathing room for the new catalogs and magazines that will bombard your mailbox. Come on. You know it is just a matter of time.

Next week: The product that is changing my life.


snaphappee said... me thinkin'...where is my "to-do" spot going to be? Hmmm...

Marie said...

I LOVE the idea of a "To-Do Zone"! I think Ryan would love it too! Ours is unofficially the kitchen counter! LOL! Everyone hate clutter there, so I have to come up with a new spot! Oh hurray! This could be good.

Your Organizing Guru said...

Good job on identifying the need for a to do zone! I can't wait to hear what you and Ryan come up with.