For some people, organizing is down right intimidating, hard, and overwhelming.
Break it down into these 3 steps to make organizing easier, so you can keep making progress and Get It Done!
Step 1: Decide what’s most urgent for you to organize or re-organize to improve functionability, as well as creating a visually de-stimulating space.
When the items in your space cause you to take more time or frustration to accomplish tasks, then you know it’s time to rethink the way have items arranged. If you KNOW you will find relief and happiness by getting this area cleaned out and arranged in a well organized style that allows you to get in and do what needs to be done, clean it back up, and keep moving, then your day is much more pleasant!
When you look at an area and can’t really function because it’s a mess or the sight is over-stimulating to your senses (overwhlem, dread, sadness) then this is an area you’ll want to tackle. There’s no need for physical items in your space to cause distress (anxiety) in your body and your day, especially when you can indeed experience the opposite – calmness, pleasantness, comfort.
So make a decision on what are will drastically improve your emotions AND your productivity. Once you’ve identified one area, then go to Step 2.
Step 2: Now that you’ve chosen what you’ll focus on transforming, you’ll have to make a mess. Yes, a mess!
However, if you need to tidy up a bit before you get started, please tidy up the area first.
In order to make a mess, you’ll need two halves of a room. One half for pulling items out into the open so you can see everything. The other half of the room is to sort into categories.
While you are sorting items, you will create a donate pile, belongs in another room/to another person pile(s), and a toss pile. Eliminate as much as possible!
Step 3: Now it’s time to reload your sorted items into the space you will replace the items into every single day. It’s home!
As you are reloading and arranging items, there’s a key factor you can employ to get the ultimate best results. Do this and you’ll succeed: Store items withing the boundaries of the space you have available.
For example: One shelf is dedicated to drinking glasses. Once the shelf is full, that’s it. If you have more glasses than will fit, then you’ll need to detach from more glasses. It’s easier for most people to pick out their favorites, then see what’s left over. You can also do the opposite, by playing the “would you rather” game… “would you rather have this glass, or that glass?” In this game, you can cull the glasses down to half if you’re super strong in detaching.
Step 3 is where the real work happens that makes organizing what you keep SO-Much-EASIER.