7 Principles for Organizing Anything
- Set realistic attainable organizing goals- how long was the clutter allowed to pile up? For some, it was years. You can’t organize year’s worth of clutter in one day. So, work on reducing the clutter space by space or room by room. Remember finish one space completely before jumping onto the next. You’ll quickly get overwhelmed if you don’t.
- Be conscious of your daily habits. In order to maintain a clear space, there has to be daily toss time and daily “put things away” time. This doesn’t have to take hours- 15 minutes max. Purging and daily maintenance are equally important. One without the other doesn’t exist when you’re first starting to organize.
- Overwhelm- it happens to everyone. This is one of the biggest reason why people hire organizers. We don’t get overwhelmed because we know how to take you from start to finish. To prevent overwhelm stick to these simple rules. Don’t start more than one project at a time and complete a small project before tackling a larger one. Only bite off what you can realisticlly chew. Organizing your master closet is different than organizing the whole basement for a rennovation project. Hire an organizer if you need help for the larger more complicated projects.
- Don’t know where to start? Grab 2 garbage bags- walk around the cluttered room or space filling one with trash, one with donations. Be sure to take out the garbage and donations when finished. Leaving it lying around will make matters worse. The room may not be organized when you’re done but it will be less cluttered and inspire you to declutter other areas as well.
- Want to keep everything? Decide first, what you want the space to look like when you’re done- would getting rid of half the stuff be enough to get it where you’d be pleased ? Would tewnty percent clear enough clutter to help you better utilize the space? Be strict now and decide to clear that much stuff in order to attain your desired outcome. Without setting a precedence in the beginning you’ll never get rid of the stuff while looking at it. For example, if you want to make your spare office into a nursery, decide what will be necessary to make that happen. Let those necessities drive your decision making then with getting rid of things.
- Live with Mr. or Mrs. Messy and you’re neat? I know this is hard. Sit down and have a heart to heart talk. Don’t accuse the person or scold your family member. Instead, explain why organization helps you and how you like things stored or put into a system. Become a team and agree on what would be helpful to the whole family. Recognize what specific areas or things are an absolute must for you family. What is non negotiable? For the other areas, meet half way or let them go altogether. Don’t expect perfection. Bringing an organizer on board also helps spouses see things in a neutral light. Always work on your things or your spaces in the home first if you expect your spouse or partner to work on their things and spaces. Most often, everyone needs help getting organizing. Disorganization isn’t put on all one person.
- Organizing products- don’t buy any. Organizing products are fun and neat looking but they won’t do you a lick of good unless you organize first and then buy only what you need. In most cases, many people have already what they need.