Organizing can be such a challenge if there is TOO MUCH stuff to work with. More stuff can be less help. When you are serious about getting organized, it helps to keep a few things in mind:
- If you have not used it in the last year, you probably aren’t going to use it soon.
- Use containers and boxes of similar sizes for organizing your closet shelves.
- Store what you use most at eye level so it easy to find.
- Use creative ways to display photos, artwork and crafts. Stuffing them in a corner someplace just gets them damaged.
- Pretend you are planning to set up a retail store and ask yourself about the best items to keep. You can even put some things in a temporary place if you can’t bear to toss it out yet. Go back in a couple of weeks and decide if you can toss any of it now.
- Reduce – what you buy if you don’t have a place to put it.
- Recycle – someone else may be able to use items that you don’t really want or need.
- Reuse – find alternate ways to use items you already have. Do you have empty shoe boxes? They can be used to store small items where you can easily locate them. I use a decorative CD rack turned on its end for notion storage in the bath.
You will find that as you get on area clean and organized, it will encourage you to continue. How does it feel to open a closet and be able to see only clothes that you can actually wear? Can you find anything you own in 10 minutes? That is my goal.
You will soon find that more stuff is less appealing when you are able to find and enjoy what you already own. Here’s to your organizing success.