Spring is here and this is the perfect time to think about spring organizing. I have a few tips to help you get off to a smooth start on your spring organizing projects.
Plan your spring organizing project
You will save time and energy if you do a little planning before you start your spring organizing. Start by creating a to-do list of all areas you want to organize, be detailed and include every space in each room to be worked on. Next, get your supplies ready. You’ll need cleaning supplies; trash bags for holding trash, donations, and items to sell; and a sharpie and labels or a label maker to label bins and other containers if needed. Also, schedule a donation pick up or drop donations off within a day or two.
Organize one space at a time
It can be overwhelming when you start an organizing project, make sure to choose one space and complete that space before you move on to another. You can start with an area that frustrates you the most or start with an area that people see when they first walk into your home.
It’s ok to start small but be consistent
No need to start in the largest room in the house, starting small can still make a large impact. Ease into the organizing process by starting with a closet, pantry, or even a junk drawer. Starting small also means keeping organizing sessions short. It’s ok to organize for 30 minutes versus a 3-hour session. What matters is that you are consistent and do what works for you. Create a weekly schedule for organizing your home and make sure to stick with it.
Overcome de-cluttering obstacles
This is basically all the excuses you may come up with to keep your stuff.
Somehow our clutter stresses us out yet when it’s time to let it go, we realize how attached we are to it. Just remember that if you don’t give up enough of your clutter, you won’t see or feel a difference in your space. Write down your reasons for organizing your home and then post it on the wall in the area where you are working, this will serve as a reminder for why you need to let go of things you no longer love, use, or need.
Incorporate organizing systems into your home
Keeping your home organized is a daily task but incorporating the right systems and following the right rules makes leading an organized life so much easier. Organizing is not a cookie cutter process, what works for one person may not work for another. So if that product you saw on television or that system your friend is using isn’t working for you, don’t feel badly. Find products that are easy to use and meet your organizing needs. Here are a few organizing principles that may work in your home:
- Be decisive – when you bring things home, decide by the end of that day where those items will be placed.
- One-in-one out – when one thing comes into your home, one thing should leave. This works great for clothes, clean out your closet after bringing home new clothes. If you buy 5 items, eliminate 5 items from your closet.
- Clean sweep – spend the last 5 to 10 minutes of each day tidying up. No major cleaning, just put everything in it’s place so that you do not have to deal with it in the morning.
Uniquely Enhanced Spaces helps you manage the clutter and get organized so that you can get more done, find things when you need them, and feel good about your space. Diana Carlos is a professional organizer serving Lakewood, Long Beach, and surrounding areas in Los Angeles County and Orange County.
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