Whether it's the hustle and bustle of the holiday season or just life as usual in all its craziness, it's super easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff. in. your. space. We've all been there. But the good news is that there are small, easily actionable steps you can take to retake your space and greet the new day/year with an organization plan.
Organization Plan Step 1: Divide...
I should start by saying that this is not a short process, and you could very well end up with a larger mess before you're through than when you started (and, if you're like me, this will be when your energy runs out), but persevere! It will get better.
Whether it's your closet, junk drawer or office space, start by sorting your items into three piles: "keep", "donate" and "recycle/garbage". Everything goes into one of these piles. And don't go making other smaller piles or overthinking things. Try to look at things objectively. Are you really going to wear that super cute top from college again or does it just make you feel awful each time you see it and remember that you aren't a size 4 anymore?
Everything sorted? Great! Now take the piles that you aren't keeping and physically remove them from the space. Garbage? Bag it up and put it out for garbage day. Donation? Bag it up and put it in your car so that it's ready when you're free to drop off. The point is to lessen the amount of *stuff* you're looking at. There, don't you feel better?
Organization Plan Step 2: Conquer!
Phew! Now that you've tackled that mountain of stuff (and, give yourself a HAND for that!) and have a smaller mountain of stuff you're ready for the next step. Conquer that pile by dividing even more. Got bills? Organize with a hanging file. Slimmed down bookshelf? Great! Alphabetize those puppies or color code them, if that floats your boat.
The point is to make your items organized and pretty to look at. You'll be WAY more likely to put things back where they're supposed to go if it is immediately obvious where it goes and it completes a picture.
Also, take a minute to dig deep. Are you an open storage/"HERE'S ALL MY STUFF, AIN'T IT GREAT?" type? Or do you prefer to hide everything away?. The good news is that there is an organizing solution for everyone. Hang on for future blogs; I'll be going into further detail about specific storage for specific rooms.
Organization Plan Step 3: Repeat!
That's it! You've done it! Don't you feel better? Now, take this organization plan and tackle another space that is overgrown or cluttered. Be realistic, though, you don't want to burn yourself out. Smaller completed projects (hello, organized sock drawer!) are more rewarding than an entire room disrupted with no end in sight. Take a break and put your feet up for a minute after each completed project. You deserve it!
I started talking about it above, but this month I'm going to focus on organization tips. I, for one, am not a fan of resolutions. BUT! I do feel like a new year is a great time to go forward with a new plan. So, come with me while we chat about organization details specifically kid stuff organization, closet organization and living room organization. So, yeah! Join me! And invite your friends too!