If you’re obsessed with cleanliness and order, tackling an organization project can be easy, but most people dread it. Reorganizing your kitchen, going through your storage unit, decluttering your garage – whatever the project, here are a few guidelines to help you get started.
Take the necessary time
Above anything else, dedicate some time to the task at hand. If you’re chipping away at a room little by little, it may seem like it’s taking an eternity. If you’re going to tackle an organization project, make sure you come at it with the right attitude. Don’t be afraid to take the time to do it right, and don’t be afraid to toss the junk or put it aside to donate.
Before starting, make sure you grab all the items you need: boxes for storage, garbage bags, and cleaning products. Don’t let yourself be distracted later on when you need to run out to grab something you need. Bring everything you’ll require to that space and get going!
Pick a place to start
Maybe you should start with the pantry. No, the island. Even better, the cutlery drawer. There’s no right place to start – just pick a place and start moving left to right, top to bottom. Focus on that one area and begin. Don’t skip a space because it may take too long or it’s too messy. You’ll have to do it regardless, so move through the area in an orderly and systematic fashion.
Junk is junk
The process of throwing things out can be difficult or can be very straightforward – depending on the person. If you’re going through a loved one’s house who has just passed away, this process can be emotional and take time. If you’re past the baby stage and need to get rid of cribs, playpens and toys, it can be pretty easy.
Regardless of the room or project, figure out what you need, what you want to keep and what you know you don’t need. Establishing this criteria will save you time when you’re sorting through items.
Also consider what you’re doing with your junk: throwing it out, giving it to someone you know or donating it. If you’re throwing out large items, you may need to rent a truck. If you’re donating to a specific charity, you may need to contact them in advance.
Creating staging areas
There’s no use making piles of things that need to be sorted again later. Clear one space to stage or sort through items. Bring everything there, determine what you’re keeping and what you’re getting rid of. Don’t allow this area to get messy or else you’re just moving piles of junk from one place to the next.
Don’t burn out or get overwhelmed. Take breaks to remain patient and objective. You can chip away at certain projects or even walk away for an hour to come back it refreshed. Regardless of how long or often you take breaks, make sure you complete the specific task at hand first.
Take a second pass
So you’ve gone through every area. Think you’re done? HA! Repeat the process once again. It’ll take you much less time and it allows you to be more objective than the first round. Then, you’ll only be left with the things you really need.