|Getting organized is one of the top five New Year’s resolutions. Why? It is because organization eliminates chaos and stress. We are able to save money, and we have more time to enjoy life. Getting organized is a great resolution…but how do you follow through on it?
Every month in 2018 this newsletter will focus on a different area of our homes or lives and give suggestions for making that particular area function and feel better. To start the year, let’s examine some general organizing tips which you can use in any space.
Here’s an overview of the organizing process. First, pick a space you would like to improve. Before you begin making plans or moving things around take time to think about your vision and goals for this particular area. Ask yourself what activities the room will be used for, not what it is presently used for but what you desire in your new organized space. Will it be a comfortable space that everyone can hang out in, a space for working on your hobby or a quiet hide away? With your clear objective in mind, follow these five steps for each item:
Sort – Does it belong in this room?
Go through everything in the space and evaluate if it fits the function of the room. If it doesn’t match the room’s purpose, move it to another area where it can be used better.
Purge – Do you really use it? Do you really need it? Do you really love it?
If not, donate, sell or recycle it. You will create more space for things you love when you release unnecessary items.
Assign – Where should each item be kept?
Give everything its own place to live. Assign specific areas to hold items for certain activities. Make sure frequently used items are kept close to the area where they will be used. Designate “homes” for items to help you find them easily as well as put them back.
Contain – How will you house your possessions?
Containers come in all shapes, sizes and styles. They should be selected to fit you and your possessions. You’ll need to sort, purge and assign locations before you can determine what things will need containers and how best to containerize them.
Establish – How do you continue to stay organized?
Establish time each day to check and follow through on your organizing. It shouldn’t take long because everything will have a place to go.
Working through these steps will help you achieve that New Year’s resolution and enable you to reap the many benefits of being organized.
© 2018 Beth Giles –
Adapted from Julie Morgenstern’s SPACE