How to Organize Your Personal Belongings

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Image of a folio, pen, keys, paper, on a table, and the image, How to Organize Your Personal Belongings Do you often misplace your wallet, cellphone, keys, and sunglasses?

Do you want to be able to find these items in a pinch, and retrieve these items easily when you need them?

One of the reasons why personal belongings go missing so often, is that they don’t have a designated storage area in the home or the office.

In this post, I offer a simple method of storing your personal belongings.

Follow the tips below, and you’ll always know where to find your personal items!

Identify must-have personal belongings.

These are simply items you carry on your person, or with you in a bag or purse, on a regular basis whenever you’re out and about in the world.

Common personal belongings include: wallet, car keys, house keys, ID, cell phone, medication, and sunglasses.

Besides the items on this list, are there any other items you carry with you on a daily basis?

Take a minute to think about these items or materials.

Create a personal belonging landing zone.

Now that you’ve identified your personal belongings, it’s time to make a storage area, or landing zone, for them.

This is an area where you will drop off your personal belongings as soon as you enter your home or office, and where you will pick up your items before heading out.

You could choose to store items on a stand in the hallway, on a dresser in your bedroom, on a table or counter in the kitchen, or a bookcase in your office, for example.

Where could you store items in your home or office?

Customize landing zone storage options.

Lastly, it’s important you create a landing zone storage option that works for your needs.

What works for one person may or may not work for another. Choose a storage option that is easy for you to use and work with, otherwise you may end up avoiding your landing zone altogether.

Below are a few storage ideas to get you started. Don’t stop there, get creative and think of other ways to store your things!

Tray, bowl, or basket – Drop your items in a decorative container of your choice. You can make a checklist of your personal belongings and affix it to the tray or bowl, or somewhere nearby, to make sure you have everything when you remove items from, or pack items into your pocket/purse/bag.

Fabric or paper silhouette – Cut a small square of fabric or decorative paper. Layout each of the personal belongings on the square and use a permanent marker to trace the outline of your belongings. You can then write in the name of your belonging inside of the silhouettes. If something is missing, it will be completely obvious.

Floating shelf – Install or use an existing floating shelf. Label a space on the shelf for each of your personal belongings. You can quickly glance up and see what’s there, or what’s missing.

Hanging clear plastic pouches – Get an over-the-door plastic shoe organizer and mount on a door or behind a door. Store items individually in these clear pouches. You could also label these pouches so you know exactly where to store items.

How about you? Do you currently use a landing zone for your personal belongings? Do you find it helpful? If you don’t have a landing zone, are you going to create one now? Join the conversation and leave a comment below!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 3 Smart Steps to Organizing Your Home, by clicking here.