Color Me Organized

Published Thursday, May 16, 2013 9:27 PM

Looking to get more organized? Jump on the color-coding bandwagon for organizing ease, efficiency and some colorful fun. Color-coding can be used to organize just about any area of your home or office; read on for tips for harnessing the rainbow to make your life more organized and efficient.

Fresh Take on Filing: Color-coded filing systems assign colored labels to key letters, file names or categories. The highly visual system makes it easy to quickly assess where a file belongs or to spot misfiled folders. Experts agree that color-coding offers several benefits including: fast, easy access to files; a reduced number of misfiled folders; decrease in negative emotions associated with filing such as frustration, confusion and boredom. For a color-coding filing how-to, click here. 

Colorful Closets: Want an answer to the daily "what to wear?" dilemma? Color-code your closet for easy decision-making. When you organize you clothes by color, not only is it easier to find your clothing, you'll get a happy charge every time you open the door and see a Crayola Crayon box of options. Read How to Color Code Your Wardrobe  for tips.

Bright Bookshelves: Say so long to the Dewey Decimal system and elect to sort your books by color. While alphabetizing works best for libraries, at home you have more freedom, so consider expressing your inner artist by color-blocking your bookshelves. Visual thinkers may find the color code helps them locate books more effectively. Plus, it looks stunning; click here for examples.

Color-Coded Kids: Have a big household? Consider color-coding your kids for easier organization. By assigning each child a color, and using it for common household items such as towels, toothbrushes, and laundry baskets, busy parents can tell at a glance who is keeping up with chores and who needs a gentle reminder to return their items to their rightful spots. Check out How to Color Code Life with Kids  for more helpful ideas. 

Color-Code Email: Optimize your email productivity with color- coding. Did you know that Gmail, Outlook and Lotus Notes let you apply color filters to specific emails? You can assign a color to a specific sender (or topic) making it easy to see at a glance what type of emails need your attention. Check out Color-Coding Emails  for more helpful tips on color-coding your emails.



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