The thought of organizing can be daunting. Where do you start? How long will it take? What do I do first? The hardest part is getting started! But this is easier than you think.
First, make a list of all the places and things you want to organize. Then, put your list in order of smallest to largest task. Now you are ready to start with the first project on your list.
Organizining involves four basic steps. One, remove all items from the area. Two, sort like items together. Three, place each item in a pile: “Keep”, “Throw Away”, “Put Somewhere Else”, “Sell”, and “Donate”. Four, replace the “Keep” items in their assigned area. Use containers to put “like” items together. Label each container. Get creative with this and find containers you will actually enjoy using!
Finding it hard to get rid of things? Follow the 12 month rule: If you haven’t used it in 12 months you probably don’t need it. Imagine you are moving. Is the item worth packing and taking with you? Have someone help you decide – a neutral party can help with tough decisions and be a “voice of reason”.
Being organized comes with many rewards. It will save you time – which is invaluable. You will have more time to enjoy the things you love! It will save you money. If you spend 15 minutes a day looking for keys, kid’s shoes or that unpaid bill, and you make $20 and hour at your job, being disorganized is costing you $5.00 a day! That comes to $1,825 a year! You can also make money selling items you no longer need or want. Being organized can also relieve stress and boost confidence. There is power in purging!
To maintain your organized space follow these tips. Keep clutter to a minimum. Don’t just put something down, put it away! Make room for new purchases. If your child receives a new toy – give one toy, any toy, to charity. Make clutter cleanup a habit. Designate a specific pick-up time for everyone in the family. Have a “clutter catcher”, such as a basket, for each family member. These baskets can be emptied daily or weekly.
There are many resources to help you get and stay organized. Surf the web for inspiration, partner up with an organization buddy, read a book on how to organize, or call your local professional organizer. Once you start, who knows, you may even have fun!