10 Ways to Simplify Life by Color Coding

Welcome to 'Day 29' in the month long series of articles cataloging
 Simple Organizing Solutions!  

If you've been reading from the beginning, you've hopefully already, 1) Gotten the right mindset and motivation needed to get organized.  2) Zeroed in on one small area to focus your efforts.  3) Have begun narrowing down your belongings to what what you love, use and actually have the room to store. and 4) Considered how to cut clutter at the source by giving each item a specific 'home' stored in groups of like items (5) & set a maintenance plan in motion.

An extremely simple yet effective way to organize your home and lifestyle is by...


File Folders
Separate and group filed papers by type:

Toni's System: 
Write out all of your filing needs onto a piece of paper, then categorize each of them into 5 main colored sections.

1.  Green – Bills & Banking
2. Orange – Taxes & Income
3. Red – Medical & Pets
4. Yellow – House & Auto
5. Blue – Memberships, School, Vacation & Other

Other Examples:
Red Folders – Important / Vital Documents (Birth Certificate, Medical Records, Deeds, etc)
Orange Folders – Annually Updated Documents (Policies, Regulations, etc)
Dark Blue Folders – Tax Archives (Tax Returns)
Light Blue Folders – Annual Tax Documents (W2, 1099, Deductions, etc)
Green Folders – Monthly Documents (Monthly Statements, Petty Receipts, etc)
Purple Folders – Hobbies & Interests (Extracurricular Activities, Collections, etc)

Don't want to invest money into new folders?
Simply add a specific color to the label portion of the file folder with marker or sticker to separate certain types of files:

Planning / Task Management :

via saving sanity and cents

Color Coded Calendars/Planners:



You could also use a highlighter, multi-colored pens, or stickers to color code a personal planner.

In the Closet:

Designate one color of hanger per each person sharing a closet (especially helpful in a shared children's closet)

Maintain a color coded wardrobe by sectioning clothing with the help of paint chips!

Color Code the Whole Family:

Eliminate the guess work of what belongs to whom within the home by assigning a specific color to common household belongings for each family member.

 Emily shares:
...this has made life way easier as i'm no longer saying "whose is this cup?  who was drinking from this last?  who used this towel?  etc."

via ~ Life as a Mother...of Many

"...being a homeschool mom, I decided to color code our school things as well.  It is amazing.  No more squabbling over who stole whose pencil.  It is obvious whose pencil it is and we don't need a judge and jury to get the verdict..."

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Some fantastic ideas, right?!
What are you now itching to color code in your home??

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  2. Wow I love this post Heidi! What great ideas! I love the kids having a different color. I use that for organizing and every kid gets a different colored bin. I never thought to just use it everyday though. Poppin products from Target would make that very simple! I also love the project bulletin board. I used to do that and really need to break it back out! Thanks for the ideas for myself and for my clients!


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