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:
- Final touches
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:
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!
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!)
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!
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).
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?
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!
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