Last week we discussed how you should put yourself on a schedule to keep your house clean. The same goes for organizing it. If you want to get your house completely organized quickly, then pick one area a day, otherwise you can do one area every week. Pick one drawer, one cabinet, one closet to concentrate on for the week or day, if you are on the quick plan. Only do that one item! Biting off small pieces is the key to getting it done.
First empty the entire space. Now create 3 piles. One pile is to put away, number 2 is to put into storage (for items such as seasonal things, DON’T SAVE THINGS YOU DON’T NEED!!), the 3rd is for selling the item or donating it. Don’t forget the trash bag for your throw away pile! Now start sorting!
Now it’s time to setup a system of organization for the space. If it’s a drawer purchase or make a drawer divder to help stop clutter from creeping back into the space. If it’s a cabinet you can purchase plastic storage bins to keep things sorted or buy a label maker to label the shelves so things will always be put back away organized. If it’s a counter top, use baskets or cups to keep things neat and orderly. You get the idea.
The last step is to put everything away. If it goes in the space put it in its new organized location. If it goes elsewhere in the house place the item in a box, then sweep through the house putting all the things in their proper locations.
You are done!
A word about throwing things away! My daughter LOVES to color. So much so that she has about 20 spiral bound notebooks that she leafs through to try to find a blank page and start coloring. One day my husband looking at one of the books that had color on just about every inch of the page, grabbed the notebook and tossed it in the trash. Maddie observed this and had a fit! That is her ART!! Are we like Maddie? Even though the item has no use for us anymore, do we still keep it because it’s ours? Why? Will that item never again be available in stores? Have I used the item in the last 6 months (aside from seasonal items)? If the answer is no, then trash it! You might throw a fit about it, but most likely you will get over it, and forget that you even had it in the first place. There is one exception to this rule. My sister tried to help me organize my room when I was about 12. I had an AUTOGRAPHED picture of the entire band Bon Jovi! Amy said that they would never be popular again, and I should just trash it. I’m still bitter about it, and reminder her of it every chance I get. So unless it’s an autographed picture of Bon Jovi, trash it! If you REALLY can’t decide if you should keep it or not, designate one box for these items, if you haven’t needed any items in that box for one more month, then you know it’s safe to trash.
OK, so pick a drawer and get organizing this week!