This weekend I had the opportunity to visit my niece Hallie for a very special occasion, her high school graduation. One look in her room and closet, and I knew she had the organizing gene! No clothes on the floor and order inside her closet. I asked her about her successful organizing techniques and what she would share with other teen girls, especially about her folding and laundry tips.
First off why stay organized?
Clutter is annoying and it wastes time. I don’t like the way mess looks.
How does laundry get done in your home?
My step dad gets it in the washing machine and dryer and then I fold and hang my own clothes. It is either in my parent’s room or I go get it and bring it into my own room. Once it is on my bed, I separate it by shorts, tee shirts, and things to hang or things to put in drawers. I hang each type of clothing all at the same time. Its quick and I do it fast!
What about your friends?
If my friends are unorganized, I help them organizing their rooms. They get very overwhelmed. But big thing is that they leave it all to do at one time. I like to organize as I go along and as a process. I do it in small steps so it is easier to do. Just a little at a time and then you get it done. Then you can do others things with your time. One of the problems is too many clothes too. I understand wanting to have enough clothes but only buy something if you are going to use it. There is not so much to do at one time if you have fewer clothes.
What about organizing and other parts of your life?
I am organized about school stuff too and that is the key to success and good grades. You have everything you need and you can turn it in on time. If you are organized in class, you know what materials to study and you’re on top of your homework.
What about stress and organizing?
Being organized is a lot less stressful and much easier on everyone.
Do you consider yourself a perfectionist?
Not so much, just more organized than other people. And everything does not need to be perfect but material stuff helps to be organized.
Are you born organized or did you develop this?
Of course my mom and you influenced me a lot.
Anything else you would like to share?
Watch Hoarders and you won’t want to be them. Hoarders is enough to make you want to be organized.
Thanks Hallie! You rock!