Organize by taking one step at a time. (duh? right? but seriously, let's break it down together.)
When was the last time you saw the counter under that jumble of paperwork?
We're sure at one time we could fit a car in the garage, but how do we get back to those days?
Where do we even start to get organized?
The hardest part is starting – or deciding where to start.
So, break it down!
1.Break it down. Do it the same way you would eat an entire cheesecake – one bite at a time!
Break the job down into smaller, more manageable (and less daunting) parts. Depending on your organizing personality this may mean different things. It could mean tackling one room, one of its areas (just this bookcase or just this shelf) or setting a time limit (work for one hour per day.)
Breaking the larger job down reduces the stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. It also gives you the satisfaction of completion at each milestone.
Find a friend or group who will support you and hold you accountable to your goals. Other options include online groups. Or find a local meetup group for support and organizing tips (like "Central Florida Messies" through Meetup.com.)
If you want/need extra help and support, consider a professional organizer.
Separate items into categories.
Use cardboard boxes, laundry baskets or specific areas of a larger room to put like items together.
Use broad categories, no need to get too specific with your categories.
You can always break those down into smaller groups if you need to when you get to them.
One major group should be “Items that belong in other rooms”. Grouping prevents distraction and excessive walking throughout the house.
As you categorize and as you put items away, decide what to do with each item. Does the item bring you joy? Do you have several of them? How often do you use it? Broken or damaged? Be picky about what you allow to stay. Your storage areas are prime property.
Look at your items broken down into categories, notice you can see how much of each type of item you have. This will help you determine how large of a container or shelf you will need to store the item.
6.Put it away.
Now when deciding where to put your things, use the ABC approach.
A- items, things you use all the time, B-items are used occasionally and C items are rarely used (once or twice per year.) Easy right? You've got this.
Easy to reach and easy to access is where A-items store.
B-items can be a little harder to reach, and C-items can go in attics, storage sheds or very high cabinets.
Use baskets and bins to keep smaller items together or to keep the shelves looking neat.
Tell me, in the comments, where will you start getting organized?
Suzanna Kaye is a professional organizer and owner of Spark! Organizing, LLC. She has special experience with organization for office, financial, ADD/ADHD, elderly, disabled, overwhelmed and special needs. With the belief that cluttered people are some of the most creative and interesting people she knows, she loves working with her clients in a supportive and loving environment.
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