Plant organizing seeds now that you will benefit from later.
Create a plan to get organized.
Spend time each day to move you toward your goals.
Consider the school locker model and adapt it to fit your space, decor and budget. If you are unable to afford custom cabinetry or furniture, consider hooks and a bench with baskets.
Be creative — consider repurposing items you already own.
Consider investing in a labelmaker to personalize your space; for colored labels try the Dymo Personal Labelmaker.Tips:
- Designate a place for everything; consider labeling to make it easy for everyone.
- Have an in/out basket for mail and assorted items.
- Eliminate whatever you can from coming into your space; don't let junk mail into your home.
- Develop good habits; put things away daily.
- Enlist help from your family. Don't do everything yourself. Others need to support your efforts and learn to do things, too.
- Plan time for organizing, even 15 minutes a day can help you reach your goal.
- Keep only what you use or love.
- Develop good habits, put things away daily.
- Eliminate whatever you can from coming into your space, don’t let junk mail into your home.
- Adopt a favorite charity. You benefit as well as others. It’s easier to donate if you know someone else can use it.
- Create donation dates on your calendar monthly or quarterly. This will remind you to go through your possessions regularly.
- Shop less, bring home only what you need. Many times you can use what you already own.
- Keep your photos together in proper containers, where you can find them easily.
- Enlist help from your family. Don't expect to do everything yourself. Others need to support your efforts and learn to do things, too.
- Keep your important documents together in a bank box and have copies in your file.
- Determine what you want to achieve (what is your goal?)
Example: Decide what room needs work.
- Assess your needs for your intended project.
- Decide how to address those needs in your plan. Create zones for different uses, i.e. toy corner, craft area.
- Schedule time and have materials on hand that are necessary to complete the project. Also, enlist the help of other people. Ask for help from family, friends or Professional Organizers.
- Carry out the plan by breaking down the project and delegating to helpers.
Categorize – group like items
Clear – purge any unused, unnecessary or unloved items
Consign – create a space to keep this item always
Contain – place items into practical containers
Control – spend time keeping your system intact
Prioritize - Recreation or family room need attention.
Plan - Create zones for kids, family, mom’s projects.
Set aside a weekend to work on room. Complete purchases ahead of time.
Produce - Categorize, clear, consign and contain all items. May need to rearrange furniture, bring in new table for projects, etc.