Greetings from Shorter Designs! With flowers blooming all around bursting with color, I was inspired to write this month about how color-coding just about anything can help you get, and stay, organized. Read the below list, and try out what works best for you!
Linens and Clothes
- If towels end up on floor frequently but you don’t know who the culprit is, assign one color towel per person in your household. The next time you see a misplaced towel, you will know who it belongs to. Also, no more mix-ups when getting out of the tub!
- Dark towels work best for children and wiping off your pets’ paws because they camouflage dirt.
- Separate laundry as you go with one basket for whites, another for darks. No more wasting time sorting over the washing machine!
- Hang each child’s clothes on a different color hanger so that clothes in the wrong place will stand out. And if your kids share a closet, paint to clothes rod two different colors so they will know where their half of the space begins and ends.
- When you record checks in your checkbook that are tax related, write it in red ink so it will pop out at tax time.
- Color code your files. For example, file bills to be paid in red folders, paid bills in green, and medical forms in blue. An alternative is that you could designate a certain color for each family member. Medical records and school information could be filed according to person with this system.
- If you have papers that frequently need to be dealt with according to the day of the week, make a color coded file system with each day in a different color. If you don’t get to an item in Monday’s purple folder, move it to Tuesday’s blue folder.
Here are some great things to do in June:
- Buy your dad and/or husband a Father’s Day gift before June 19. Schedule time to spend with him if possible.
- If you haven’t quite finished your spring cleaning, you can save time and money by avoiding the dry cleaner. Use your dryer to “dust” pillows, coverlets, curtains, and small rugs. Put the dryer on cool to remove the dirt and dust.
- Take your car in for a tune up and oil change before you hit the road for your family vacation.