Potential Magazine August 2014 - Page 26

GET ORGANIZED” A disorganized home, car and life costs you time and energy and can cause some serious — and unnecessary — stress. If you take the time now to get your ducks in a row, you’ll be ready and able to handle the coming chaos of back to school and the holidays. Try these proven “get organized” tips. Lack of space is not the cause of clutter. Disorganization results in 80% of the clutter in most homes. -National Society of Professional Organizers Clear the Clut ter Go through closets, drawers and cabinets and identity things to be trashed or given away. The first things to go? Duplicates and any items you haven’t used (and forgot you had!) in the last year. Consider donating items, especially clothing, that are still in pretty good shape to your local Goodwill or other charity. We know your child’s preschool and elementary school artwork is precious to you, but keeping every macaroni sculpture and “whatever that is supposed to be” wa