My Organization Process

When I get to chatting “organization” with folks, the question always comes up: “I don’t even know how to start! I mean, I’m so overwhelmed! What’s the process to start on organizing something? What’s YOUR process?!”

Well, first of all, let me say that being overwhelmed is completely normal, so don’t beat yourself up over that! And definitely don’t let it stop you from TRYING. There’s no sense in that at all.

Second, my organization process is simple:

  1. Purge
  2. Categorize
  3. Clean
  4. Containerize 
  5. Final touches
  6. Admire

These steps have worked for me on everything from a tiny bathroom drawer on up to enormous walk-in closets, and everything in between!

Allow me to elaborate:

Purge

Purging is getting rid of the things you don’t want or need. This is hard for some people, so it’s a good thing it’s first on my list of steps; then you can get it over with quickly! Normally, with purging, I pull everything OUT of the space that needs organization. Then I evaluate. Is this trash? (Broken, old, expired, etc.) Is this something I don’t use anymore? (Doesn’t fit right, have another one I like better, can’t remember the last time I even looked at this one, etc.) The trash goes…in the trash! What a novel idea! HA! And the things I don’t use anymore go into a donation box. What’s left is what I have left to work with!neuropharm-organized

Categorize  

Categorizing is putting alike things together. If I’m organizing a pantry, I’m putting all my flours together in a “baking” category. If I’m organizing the girls’ toys I put all their stuffed animals together in that category. If I’m organizing a laundry cabinet I put all my cleaning rags together in that category. You get the idea! Once everything is categorized, you can REALLY see what you have left to work with, and sometimes you even see more things to purge! (Bonus points if so!)

Clean

Cleaning is cleaning! At this point, look back at the space you have emptied. Do the shelves need dusting? Is there any odd sticky substance that needs wiping up? Did you spill a jar of bath salts all over while you were trying to organize your bathroom cabinet? Make sure the space is all cleaned up!

Containerize 

I’m so happy my spell-check thinks “containerize” is a word, because I sure use it all the time! HA! I love using containers for a variety of reasons. First of all, it makes things much easier to stack, and normally gives more room in the space! Second of all, when you move (like we just did) it’s super-easy to pack and unpack containers that have been packed into boxes. You also don’t lose things easily! My favorite places for containers are The Dollar Store (cheap), Target (pretty) and The Container Store (specialty). 

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Final Touches

The last thing I do is add some final touches. Do I want some hooks in the space? Do I want any shelving paper or an accent wall painted? How about labels – does anything need labeling?

Admire

This is my favorite part! After all the work is done, it’s so wonderful to admire the project EVERY SINGLE TIME! For instance, if you’ve organized your linen closet, every time you open the door to grab a towel you’ll smile all over again at the beauty you encounter! It’s great!

How does YOUR organization process work? I’m interested to know! 

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

21 thoughts on “My Organization Process

  1. Love the tips: I’m in a process of having bathrooms remodeled so I’ll put that in my process of re organize them. Thanks

  2. I think it’s nice to get organized every now and then, especially if you feel like your home is a little too cluttered. These are great ideas! Purging is something I’ve done for years.

  3. your tips are very timely,i’ve been planning to reorganize my kitchen and my bedroom. i’ve accumulated a lot of trash. Containerize! i will absolutely do this ha ha!

  4. These are easy enough tips for how to get organization done. I love how you do the process and laid out your organization process in this simple post to follow! I need to get our home office organized, to be honest!

  5. There are things I enjoy doing and other things I just don’t want to do. Since I’m a big believer in delegate, delegate, and delegate, I make sure to get more qualified people to handle the rest; yeah, that’s my approach.

  6. I just did the purging thing. It’s amazing how fast things build up even when you’re trying to keep things light!

  7. I love this! Because of my very busy schedule, the house looks like a big garage. I need to organize the things inside and outside, because a messy house is really stressful.

  8. Thanks for your tips! I need this from time to time, and I admit my stockroom is a chaos. But ehat I live most is the purging session. Ah it is refreshing!

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