Getting started is the hardest part! Areas of our home that are full of clutter can be so overwhelming. We will walk into a room having the mentality and the gumption that today is the day. Today we are tackling this space, then we start, and 15 minutes later we are out the door, closing it behind us.
Sometimes all we need is just a little encouragement and support to continue on our decluttering journey. Upstate Organized Living would love to help you in this journey, after all that is what we are here for. Let me offer some encouragement to you to push through the first hour. Below are 5 Tips to Get Started Organizing.
1. Pick a zone.
What area of my home overwhelms me the most? Is it the kids cups that fall out of the kitchen cabinet? Is the hall closet that holds all the coats and other miscellaneous things? Is it under the bathroom sink? A junk room?
There can be more than one space but the priority here is to pick one. Which one sends your blood pressure rising? The one that just drives you nuts, that's the one. That is where we are going to start. This space may be the hardest to start but it is going to give you momentum to continue throughout the rest of your home. The area is going to be drastically changed allowing you to see your other zones more clearly and tolerable.
2. Empty Zone
Okay!! I realize if this is a whole room that this step may be a little hard to follow. What you want to keep in mind here is to put everything in a central location. For instance if you are tackling a bedroom you may choose to do your clothes first. Take everything out of your drawers and closets and pile them on the bed. Then follow steps 3 through 5 below.
Then, move to the drawers that hold other things like your nightstand, electronics drawer or junk drawer, etc. and follow steps 3 through 5 below.
If you are tackling a junk room move as much as you can to a central location like a corner or one side of the room. Doing this will allow space to work and sort, following steps 3 through 5 below. If you still have limited space look around and if you have big items, that you are getting rid of, go ahead and remove those items from the space. Removing the big items will give you more space to work.
3. Sort Objects
Now!! THIS is the FUN part and where most people get hung up and discouraged. DO NOT get discouraged in this phase! All you are doing in this phase is SORTING. Don't make any decisions in this stage just sort all like things together as fast as you can.
For example, if you are sorting clothes you would put all skirts together, all pants together, all t-shirts together, all blouses together, all socks and undergarments together, then...follow steps 4 through 5. The key here is to sort as fast as you can not thinking about anything else but putting like things together.
Back to the junk room example, put all cords together, all gift bags together, all painting supplies together, all unsorted mail together and any miscellaneous items together. There are often many things that dwell in a junk room, so do the best you can. The next steps will show progress.
4. Grab Two Bags.
Introducing the decluttering stage. In most cases you will need more than just two bags. You will be surprised how fast one bag will fill up. In my organizing work bag I carry white trash bags and black trash bags. I use white trash bags for trash to be thrown in the garbage and black trash bags for donations.
Boxes or bins will also help for heavier or awkward items or you can just put those items straight into your car to drop off at the local donation center...OR call your local donation center and schedule a pick up. Donating is a great way to give to others what is no longer useful to you.
5. Assess the Leftovers.
Once all of these steps are complete it is time to look at the leftovers and put them away. Keep two things in mind here, put your items in a place easy to get out and easy to put away. The concept here is having it easily accessible to you. Once you get an item out, it HAS to be easy to put away or you are less likely to actually put it away.
Think about your every day routine. How do you move through your routine? What things need to be the most accessible to you? What items need to be closest to the bathroom? What items need to be closest to the door that you can grab when you are leaving the room?
When I am organizing I will put something in a spot that I think will work then take it down or out, and put it back, just to make sure it is accessible. Close and open drawers making sure the drawers aren't stuffed, slide a bin from underneath the bed and slide it back. If the item is difficult to remove or put back it is time to make some adjustments. Use this method to help you when you are organizing.
Several tools you can use to help you are hooks on the walls or over the door. Stack-able bins with lids and bins without lids. Bins with lids are great for less used items and bins without lids are great for more frequently used items. Clear inside the drawer organizers are great as well!
Get EXCITED to make a space your own!!! Be encouraged to tackle it and not forget about it. Once it is decluttered it is yours to make beautiful. Do it, love it and do it some more. You will find you will be encouraged after your first project and if you get stuck...CONTACT ME.
OKAY!! All this talk about organizing...NOW I have to go find something to organize!!!
If you are located locally I will be happy to help physically and if we are at a distance I will be happy to help virtually. CONTACT ME.
What are your challenges when you organize? What article topics on organization would further help you get started?