Does your heart go pitter patter with excitement at the thought of organizing your closet or junk drawer? Or do your palms begin to sweat at the idea of tackling the piles of paper scattered all over your desktop? No matter which category you find yourself in, organizing for all of us at times can be very overwhelming. Often people feel so overwhelmed with their clutter and have no idea where to begin. The key is to determine which space causes the most anxiety and go from there. These 4 simple steps will help you organize any room in your home and gain control of your space.
1. Have a plan
Before starting any organizing project it is important to have a plan. The plan need not be complicated, in fact, the simpler the better. In order to make your plan, you first must determine what the intended use for the space is. Once you know what the space will be used for it will be much easier to work through the following steps. Knowing where you want to end up is the key to figuring out how you will get there.
2. Sort & Purge
Now that you know the purpose of your space, you will be able to decide what items are needed in order to set up your space properly. Sorting and purging go hand in hand. When sorting through items ask yourself: “Do I use it? Do I need it? Do I love it?” If the answer is no, let it go. As you purge the things you no longer need, you will naturally come across things that relate to your plan. These items you will sort. Sort like items with like items. By sorting this way, it allows you to see how much you have of the same things which will allow you to then determine how much you really need.
Once you have sorted and purged all objects for your planned space you will need to assign them a home. When deciding where that home should be, ask yourself, “Where would I look for it?” That answer will lead you to the place that makes most sense to you. Place the things you use the most often in easy reach. Having a place for everything and keeping everything in its place is key.
4. Work the system
Now that your new system is in place it is important to work the system. Make it a point to put things a way in their newly assigned home. Instead of putting something down, put it away. You just have to work your system and soon it will become habit.
Organizing is like laundry, it is ongoing. Just when you think you have the perfect system in place and things are flowing beautifully another item shows up. Schedule time to maintain your system daily and make larger changes periodically as needed.