Have you noticed how colors make us feel? It might be the color of your favorite outfit or the bright blue sky against a white cloud. Color makes a difference for me and my clients and that’s how it became my organizing obsession. I love that color makes us happy and helps us be organized and productive. Here’s my long list of why I love color.
Color creates distinctions in how we view organizing and productivity. My clients rely on visual cues to help them create a category and maintain it. When filing, use files that are designated by color. An example of this is using green files for money or financial related files. Your filing system might be notebooks and you can use the green notebook for financial documents. Each category for filing can be a different color and represent a different area of your filing.
Color is a common choice for categorizing clothes. You can easily organize your closet with ROYGBIV, colors of the rainbow. Use a single colored hanger to set off your color clothes or use a certain color hanger for a certain type of clothes. It’s remarkable how happy you feel when you enter your closet and how easy this is to maintain.
Big families often categorize their kiddo stuff by color. Assigning a color by kid makes it easy to keep their stuff together. As a twin, my color was blue and my sister Ann’s color was red. For families, you can assign a color using waste baskets, laundry baskets, hanging files or whatever you need to keep organized. It’s great for your family calendar to keep color coded by kiddo what’s happening this month.
It’s easy to use color for productivity too. In your calendar and on your email, this is an easy way to categorize your tasks. Not every task needs a designation. Your most important work or who you work with can be a single color to keep your calendar simplified. A key of your categories organizes who does what, your big picture goals, or important information from a colleague or boss too!
Color = happy!
Client after client has told me how they love and use color too. More often than not, I hear “I use yellow because it makes me happy.” We pair happy colors with happy thoughts and happy outcomes. When you think of the color of a space you work or live in, let’s make that space happier, more organized and more productive with a happy color. That coat of paint might be all you need to be more effective and efficient.
Color coordinated baskets appear more organized. It’s a simple camouflage technique for areas that get a lot of use. Pair two happy colors in a space to maximize the organization there. It establishes organization in looking coordinated and organized. Carrying a color between two spaces is a visual clue for their connection.
A word of warning here on where I don’t use color: my label maker. Simple, single color labels make it easier to read. I use only white labels with black letters to make my labels with my label maker.
How have you used color to keep more organized? If you haven’t check out my pinterest boards to see how!
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