7 Steps to Get Organized

You have several areas in your home that need organizing, how do you know where to begin? It can be overwhelming, but these few tips will help you conquer the task.

You can start by answering these questions: Which area is used most often, or has the most traffic? Will organizing this area give you more space or resources to aid in completing your other projects? (For example: organizing my bedroom will give me more room to organize my closet later). Is this project critical in order to get something else done?

1. Pick Your Project

Use the questions listed above! You want to create a big impact with each organization project. This will help you see the most progress. It might not be what you WANT to do, but it’s what you need to do first.

2. Set Goals

What do you want to accomplish during your organizing project? Your goals need to be realistic, and specific. For example, I will sort through all of my clothing and decide what to keep, donate, and throw away by 5pm tomorrow.

3. Make Room

You will need a clean, clear work space to organize with. Whether you are organizing paper, files, jewelry, clothing, or even dishes. It will save the stress of trying to work around other messes, and you will be less likely to lose things.

4. Categorize

Sort your items into categories. This will make it easier to put similar things close to one another, and you will be less likely to forget where you put them.

5. Give it a Home

Each item in your home or office should have a permanent “home,” or a place that it goes back to EVERY TIME it is removed. If an item doesn’t have a home, you need to decide whether you need it or not. If you DO need it, create a home for it.

6. Stay on Track

Do you often find yourself doing side-projects that you never intended to do? Put this side-project on the back burner for now. The fewer projects that you are involved with at one time, the faster you will be able to to complete your main project. It will keep you more motivated to know that you’re knocking projects out, one-by-one.

7. Maintain

Take 5 minutes a day to file your mail, 10 minutes to fold laundry, or put things back exactly where you found them. You will have much more time to live a stress-free, clutter-free life if you do a little every day.