Quiz: No-Cost Home Organization Tips

By: HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Quiz: No-Cost Home Organization Tips
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About This Quiz

Most people are happy to get something for nothing, and those with home offices, closets and other storage areas are no exception. Spend a few minutes with our quiz to learn how you can get organized for free.
What do most people find to be their main stumbling block when trying to get organized?
too much stuff
Even if you have the time and desire to get organized, many people get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff they have to sort through.
not enough time
lack of motivation

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How can you decide what to throw out?
If it's old, dump it.
Consider how much trouble it will be to get rid of it.
Think of when it was last used.
One of the ways is to consider when an item was last used.

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What should you do after you decide you no longer need an object?
Give it to someone else in your home.
Get rid of it.
If no one in your home needs it, get it out of your house. If it can benefit someone else, sell it or give it away.
Put it under your bed.

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After disposing of items you no longer need, where should items you don't use often be stored?
behind things in regular use
Put them behind or below things that you regularly use.
prominently displayed
in off-site storage

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What is the benefit of storing similar items in a single location?
Things will be easy to find.
Having similar items together in one location will make it easies to stay organized.
Things never go missing.
Things never get messy.

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After you've organized what you already have, how can you keep organized going forward?
Don't buy anything new.
When something comes in the house, something else should go out.
Control what enters the home. If you buy a new item, get rid of the item it replaces.
Clean out every closet twice a year.

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Do you have to get rid of all unused items?
always
not if you display them as a warning against more clutter
not if you can repurpose the item
If you can find new life in an unused item, you might consider keeping it. For example, cover empty shoe boxes with colorful adhesive paper to make cheap but attractive storage boxes.

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What's recommended to keep control of bills?
Pay on receipt.
Pay them as they're received and then file them away.
Deal with them on the same date every month.
Ignore them until the reminder arrives.

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How can you keep kids' toy organized?
Replace them with books.
Put them all in a big box.
Exchange new for old.
Just as with adults' stuff, for every new toy or item of clothing received, an older, outgrown one should be given away.

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What is the most important aspect of being organized?
Be spontaneous.
Do it only when inspired.
Make it a habit.
Make being organized a habit by developing routines and patterns. Remember -- a place for everything and everything in its place.

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You Got:
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