No matter the size, the home storage and organization task that you will be doing, is fixable. This is not a task that can be fixed in one day, however. Understand that getting organized is a long-term undertaking. Think small tasks. Then get out a piece of paper and follow the rules that are below.
1. Know The End Result of Your Home Organizing Goal
Create your home organization goals and from there, prioritize these goals.
List all the areas that you would like to organize then prioritize the most important sections to work on. One reason to choose one area instead of another could be because this specific room is used most often, it is an area noticed immediately by visitors to your residence, or it is an area that you feel could make the largest difference to your own happiness. Next to each room, write down the numbers that describes your priority.
Now, on a separate piece of paper, write down your first room. Put down all of the sections of the room that are cluttered and need to be focused on. These sections should be broken down enough to not be too difficult. For example, good sections for the room could be: under the bed, on a work surface, the underwear drawer, and so forth. While you are completing, you will be able to mark off each of these accomplishments.
Don’t forget, none of the goals need to be finished in a single day or even a week. Just focus on one section at a time. Keeping things simple is the fastest road to home organization.
2. Remove the Mass of Stuff
Clear all of the stuff out of the listed project area for the room.
If your first project area is the floor under the bed, then this task just needs you to take everything out of that spot.
3. Separate the Good from The Bad
Categorize the items out of the section that that you are de-cluttering.
Form different piles for ‘trash’, ‘belongs in a different area’, and ‘correct place’. Use the following information:
- If an item hasn’t been used by you in six months, place it in the garbage pile
- If you use the item often, you need to keep it closest to where you use it.
- If you don’t use the item frequently or just use it seasonally, then it can be put away elsewhere that is harder to get to, like on a top shelf or bottom drawer.
4. Take Stuff Away
For right now, get rid of all the stuff that don’t belong in the section.
If there are items in the ‘trash’ pile, put it in the trash. If you have items in the ‘goes somewhere else’ pile, get it away from your section (this includes items that only need to go in a drawer below). What is left over are only the belongings that belong in the section that you are organizing.
5. Making Your Storage Solution
Set-up a solution for maintaining organization for the section that is being worked on.
The section you are organizing has to have a storage solution in place that performs for you. Get organizers that will make it easier for you to stay organized. If it is a drawer, dividers with labels may be the system that works and has the longest effect. If it is a shelf, dividers and labels might work, and so on. (Note the dividers and labels theme). The goal is to ensure that you feel comfortable using the system and that it becomes more difficult to put the articles in the erroneous place.
6. Get Things Put Back
Now you need to place your belongings that go in that area, back into the area, using the organizer you put in place. You can now remove this section off your list and either move-on with another section or wait until the next day to do the next section.