I’m no professional organizer… I have a colleague who is a member of the Professional Organizers Association of North America, mind you and she’s amazing. Makes me look like jello. But in most circles I’ve traveled over the years , I’m known as a pretty organized person. Apparently it’s in my genes.
Here are 5 tips that might help you out:
Tip #1: Begin with the end in mind. Stephen Covey coined the phrase and I use it a lot. If you don’t know what you want the space to look like ahead of time, how do you know when you’re done? Imagine it. Whether it’s a garage, a bedroom, the whole house or a desk drawer- spend a few minutes imagining what you’d LIKE it to look like.
Tip #2: Set aside a realistic amount of time to do the task. Whatever you think it’s going to take- double it. If you think you can organize the stuff on the basement shelves in 2 hours, plan for 4. If you do it in less than that- hey- you’ve bought yourself some free time!
Tip #3: Make piles! Label them whatever works for you; “garbage”, “donate”, “storage”, “keep”, “sell”… This way you have options and it’s not just keep or throw out. It’s less painful this way and is good for re-cycling and helping others who can benefit from your stuff.
Tip #4: Put on some music. Choose tunes that you love to listen to. Music makes even the most irritating tasks seem palatable. Nothing wrong with lifting your spirits while you’re doing the grunt work.
Tip #5: Pat yourself on the back when you’re done. Whatever works- a cheer, a treat, a walk with the dog… self acknowledgement is a wonderful thing.
Good luck with YOUR organizing. And if it’s way too big or difficult a job for you to tackle- find a professional organizer in your neighborhood… they really know what they’re doing.