Staying organized takes work and regular maintenance. Right now, I have a large pile of tote bags that needs attention. Organizing them will be my next project. The area, where I store them, is overflowing and it’s causing me frustration and stress, so I need to take care of them. I will need to purge the bags that I’m not using on a regular basis and reorganize the storage area for them.
Getting organized can be challenging, especially, when trying to decide what organizing project to do first. As much as you would like to tackle everything at once, it’s best to start small. This way, it’s not overwhelming for you. Not only will this help you to consider what your plan is for each space, but also help you to maintain the area once your hard work is complete.
Start with the area that frustrates you the most.
If the drop zone in your kitchen is what is most frustrating for you, start organizing with that space. If your closet floor has piles of clothes, start with the closet floor. We’re not talking about doing an entire kitchen overhaul, or a complete reorganization of your closet. You’re just looking at the one area that causes you the most stress and beginning with that first.
After you finish the first organizing project, move on to the area that’s the second most frustrating space for you. Again, you are not doing a complete overhaul. That will come later and in small steps. You are simply organizing the area to make it more workable and less stressful for you.
Come up with a system that works for you.
You will need to come up with a long-term plan to help maintain the organizational system that you have set up. Simply organizing something quickly to make it look pretty and not having a maintenance plan can cause the same stress and frustration to resurface when things get messy again.
Completing your organizing project
Create an action plan for the area.
Decide what purpose you want the area to serve. The items that have a home in that particular area should only be the items that you use in that area.
Empty the area or surface.
To get things organized, you need to clean out the area or clean off the surface completely. It’s much easier to start with a clean slate and sort through the items rather than to move things around while trying to organize them.
Purge items that you no longer use.
If you are no longer using an item or it doesn’t serve a purpose, you need to get rid of it. Whether you give it away or sell it, give it a new life in a new home. Getting organized becomes more difficult if you are just moving extra things around from one place to another. Simplify what you have, and organizing will become easier.
Sort the remaining items by putting like items together.
When organizing, it’s helpful to put similar items together. Grouping like items helps to keep things organized over time because you know exactly where specific items belong.
Give everything a home.
Everything in your space should have a home where it belongs. If it doesn’t, you need to decide where you should keep it or whether you need it at all.
Purchase storage items, if needed.
Purchasing storage items should be one of the last things that you do when organizing a space. You don’t want to buy something only to find out that you will not be able to use it. You want boxes and bins that will fit your space and your needs.
Label boxes and bins.
Labeling boxes and containers will not only help you to know what in each one, but will also let everyone know where things go each time you use them.
Leave extra space for new additions.
When organizing, it’s a good idea to leave a place for any new additions to the area. Leaving extra space will alleviate frustration later on when you’re trying to add something to a space that doesn’t have room.
Organizing Plan Printable
To get you started on your first organizing task, I am sharing an organizing plan printable. Click on the image of the Organizing Plan to join and get access to your free bundle printable.
In determining what organizing project to do first, it’s best to start small, so it’s not overwhelming for you. Choose the space that causes you the most stress and frustration and take care of it. Taking that first step will give you the peace of mind in the long run.
Until next time,