No matter what type of person you are – the born organizer or, well, not – anything can be organized in five simple steps.
Don’t believe me? Keep reading.
5 Steps to Organize Anything
Step 1. Sort. Place like with like. Don’t try to be tidy with this. The mess actually has to get worse before it can get better. Really. Just create piles of similar things. If you’re cleaning a playroom for example, make little heaps of toy cars, dinosaurs, dolls, etc. If it’s the kitchen pantry, put all the crackers, cereal, soup, etc. in their own ‘piles’.
Step 2. Edit and eliminate. After your things are sorted, decide what you want to keep and what you don’t. Get rid of anything that’s broken. Go ahead, toss it. You don’t need it. Donate to local and national non-profits at Value Village any items that are in good shape but that you haven’t used in a while.
Step 3. Assign a home for the items you are keeping. Once you have sorted and eliminated, you should have a pretty good idea of how much space you need for each grouping. Assign homes in cupboards, on shelves, etc. for these things. Put the things you use often within easy reach. Things that are used infrequently can go up higher or in a slightly less accessible place.
Step 4. Shop. This step is my personal favorite. After your ‘keep items’ have a place, you can shop for pretty containers, baskets, labels or whatever you need to get and stay organized. But be sure to do it after the first three steps have been completed. You don’t truly know what you need until you have sorted, eliminated and assigned homes for your things. Don’t forget to check places like the dollar store and craft store for some great storage solutions.
Step 5. Maintain. Put things in their place. It shouldn’t take more than five minutes in each room to get everything back in its place everyday. You just have to do it.
So that’s it….5 Steps to Organize ANYTHING. Try it. You’ll love how great it feels to be organized and your friends and coworkers won’t believe you did it in only 5 steps!
Have you got a room or cupboard that needs organizing? What’s keeping you from tackling it?