Inside a Professional Organizer’s Home: The Laundry Closet

Organizing a laundry closet

Anyone ever heard of a laundry closet that also serves as an office space? If not, now you have!  My laundry closet also serves as our office space.  Since we don’t have space for a separate office, we use our … Continue reading

Organize your ENTIRE home in one day? No way!

Have you ever decided you were going to get organized and began by setting aside a weekend or day to do it?  For most people, this would simply not work.  Setting up a whole house-organizing project is daunting and many people end up overwhelmed and discouraged. 

Messy Office

Don’t even think about attempting to organize this office in one attempt!

Fortunately, there is good news!!! You don’t have to organize every space at once in order to begin your organizing journey!  In fact, I would stress that you SHOULDN’T attempt such a feat!

 To start, walk around your home and make a list of the spaces that need some help.  Be specific and try to break areas down.  For example, don’t just write master bathroom.  Instead write:

  • Master bathroom underneath my sink
  • Master bathroom underneath hubby’s sink
  • My makeup drawer
  • Linen closet

OR

  • Master closet top rack
  • Master closet shelving area by door, etc…

Next, follow these steps to begin getting organized.

 1). Start small.  Choose a small space from your list and begin there.  Small successes often lead to bigger ones.  It also prevents us from getting overwhelmed. 

 2). Be intentional and schedule a time to start AND end.  If you only have one hour to devote to organizing, set a timer and get to work on that one space!  Know that when your timer goes off, you are done for that day.   Be sure to refer to my post on how to physically organize a space.  Also, look to Pinterest for creative ideas on how to maximize your space to function the way you want it to. 

3).  Maintain.  Yep.  I have said it before, but you must be intentional about returning everything to its contained home.   Some day it WILL become a habit, but in the mean time, remain committed to maintaining what you have already set in place.

4). After you’re done with that one space, reward yourself! 

5). Schedule the next item on your list.  Once again, being intentional is key! 

What space will you start with first?

The Basics of Organization

Ever feel overwhelmed by the thought of getting organized? 

Do you look at your closet, basement, or kitchen and think: Where do I even start?

If you answered “yes” to either questions then rest assured, you are not alone, and I am here to help!

There are three basic parts to getting organized:

1). Have a “home” for EVERYTING.

By everything, I really mean everything!  No more random drawers for “junk”.  This can sound daunting but by no means am I suggesting to set a day or two aside and begin to create a home for everything.  Like all goals you should be “S.M.A.R.T.” about them:

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Most importantly, break down your organizing goals into small attainable parts.  For example, start with one drawer, not your entire desk!

Lastly, each “home” should be contained.  In other words, use a box, tote, organizer, individual little container, file cabinets/ folders, etc, to contain the items in their designated home.  There are many suggestions for this on Pinterest and via the container store.

Visit our Pinterest board for ideas!

2). Label, label, & label some more!

Labeling is the step that most people skip.  Having your containers labeled serves multiple purposes.  First, it helps you to remember where your “homes” are for your stuff.  No more getting frustrated when you need something quick but can’t find it.  Secondly, it helps those you live or work with to know where everything is.  I rarely have my husband ask where something is anymore because I have most of our containers/spaces labeled.  (Notice I said, “most”.  Hey, no one is perfect!)  Third, it saves you time, unnecessary stress, and money.   You will no longer have to replace items you already own because you will know where to find them!

3).  Maintain it!

Practice makes progress and time helps to develop good habits.  Set aside a time everyday to put things away.  Over time, this will become habit.  Also, be intentional about putting everything back in its home once you are done with it.  This can be a 10-30 second behavior that can save you a lot of grief and stress at the end of the day.

The bottom line is this: Be intentional about your organizing habits.  Be intentional with where you place items (give them a home), label their homes, and choose to maintain those homes by returning items to their home either when you are done with them or at the end of the day.

Up for a challenge?  Pick one small space or drawer and begin to organize it!  What will you want to tackle first?