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Managing Daily Life at Home, Work, and Play

Organize Your Surroundings

Getting organized and staying organized can be a challenge, whether or not you're a brain injury survivor. I've listed some organizing aids that can help anyone but are also handy for people with TBI, ADD/ADHD, and other challenges.


Home Organizing Tips

  • 10 Tips to Organize and Simplify Bill Paying  http://www.geocities.com/frugalfolks/10tips.htm
    Helpful tips on handling bill paying. By Maria Gracia of Getorganizednow.com for FrugalFolks.com.
  • Beat wash day blues with laundry systems analysis  http://www.organizedhome.com/organized/index.shtml
    Very helpful and insightful article about how to go about organizing your laundry, clean clothes, dirty clothes, setting up a workable system and staying organized. By Cynthia Townley Ewer, Editor, OrganizedHome.Com
  • Clean Up In the Kitchen: Declutter!  http://organizedhome.com/kitchen/declutter.html
    This article is terrific for anyone and also for those with ADD/ADHD or TBI. Using light-hearted humor and real life examples, the article provides simple-to-understand guidance about how to clean up your kitchen cupboards one drawer or cupboard at a time, from setting up what you need first to having everything put away and organized.

    In addition, you'll find helpful tips about handling potential pitfalls, such as how to stay focused on cleaning up one drawer at a time even when you open another and find more mess, and ways to help you decide what to keep, what to give away or throw away, and how to prioritize items for shelves and drawers based on usage.

    There are also links to other related articles the author has written, such as how to stock a pantry (basic staples, backup supplies, etc.), menu and meal planning, cleaning out your refrigerator and how to keep it that way, and many more. By Cynthia Townley Ewer, Editor, OrganizedHome.Com
  • Power tools for an organized home!  http://www.organizedhome.com/organized/index.shtml
    An entire section at organizedhome.com to help you get your home organized and keep it that way using inexpensive everyday products, including labeling, cooking food one day to freeze and have for an entire month, using dishpans as organizing containers, clear-view drawers, clear storage bags, and more. By Cynthia Townley Ewer, Editor, OrganizedHome.Com
  • The Pantry  http://www.practicalkitchen.com/pantry.shtml
    Practical advice on getting your pantry organized and a listing of typical items to have handy in the pantry. By practicalkitchen.com.
  • The Spice Cabinet: The A to Z of Spices  http://www.practicalkitchen.com/spice_cabinet.shtml
    Helpful guide with descriptions of typical spices to keep stocked in your kitchen. By practicalkitchen.com.
  • The Storage Shuffle: The ABCs of Household Storage Plans  http://organizedhome.com/organized/storage.html
    This article is good for formulating an overall plan to organize your home or apartment. She provides a real-life approach on how to assess, plan, and get control of organizing your household, from clothing to holiday items, from kitchen to bathroom, and everywhere else. She provides tips about writing down storage areas, what needs to be stored, and then how to go about it one shelf or drawer at a time.

    You'll also find typical examples of storage needs, how to prioritize and organize your household storage, how to work on implementing your storage plan and how to keep it that way, and what to do if you have more stuff than storage space.

    For more details about organizing specific rooms, she's also written articles on cleaning up and organizing the kitchen, the pantry, the laundry room area, and more. By Cynthia Townley Ewer, Editor, OrganizedHome.Com

Office Organizing Tips

  • Work Place Organization  http://add.about.com/library/blworkplaceorganization.htm
    A fabulous weekly series of short and simple tips for office organizing by About.com's ADD guide. Tips include dealing with mail, procrastination, setting up time just for phone calls and other specific activities, organizing computer files, and more added weekly.

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Recommended Books


Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui, by Karen Kingston


ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life, by Judith Kolberg, Kathleen G. Nadeau



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Sites Devoted to Organizing

The sites listed below are some of the best I've seen for organizing tips, information, and ideas, and the sites are also easy to navigate and use.

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Helpful Organizing Products

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