We all have those times when we open up a cabinet or closet door… and decide we just can’t take it anymore! But before you dive in, let me share a few tips that always guide me through an organizing project:
- Empty everything out. When organizing a confined space like a closet or drawer, it’s tempting to try to short-cut it – throw away a few things, rearrange a few more, and call it good. But don’t do it! It’s a little more work, but when you empty out everything, you start with a clean slate and can really design the space to work for you.
- Don’t forget to toss. If you don’t get rid of anything, you are likely just rearranging clutter. If tossing is hard for you, just ask yourself some clear, honest questions, such as: Do I like this? Do I use it? When was the last time I used it? Recruit the help of a friend if you need someone to help you be objective.
- Put like things together. It makes sense, but too often we compromise and end up stashing things on shelves or in drawers where there is some open space. Instead, designate an entire shelf or drawer so you can keep a collection of things together. So all the breakfast items should be together on the same shelf in the pantry, for example.
- Contain it. Maybe you don’t have a big budget for containers, but remember that they are essential to creating boundaries for items that like to wander. Containers also create a crisp, organized look that will make everything feel organized. While I love fancy, high quality containers, I have plenty of inexpensive ones that do a great job. See some of my favorite containers HERE.
- Last but not least…Label! If you want to preserve your hard work and have your family know where to put things away, labeling is the magic bullet. See my favorite containers for my favorite labeler.
And most of all, don’t get overwhelmed. Organizing is easy and fun! And remember, if you get stuck or if your organizing projects seem to come undone too quickly, check out my Get Organized training series. In it I share all my strategies for Organizing your Stuff in your closets, cupboards, cabinets and drawers; You’ll also receive great strategies for organizing your paper, oganizing your health, and organizing your self. Click HERE to learn more about the Get Organized Training series.