If you’ve ever had an organizing session with me, you’ve probably heard me say that our physical surroundings tend to reflect our inner state-of-being. If our environment is cluttered, it is very difficult to feel calm. And while many of us got serious about organizing our homes during the shut down in 2020, we are now two years into the pandemic and it may be time for a “refresh.” So let’s start 2022 off with a review of organizing basics!
Before you begin, consider taking a photo of the space you wish to organize. This “before” picture will serve as a reminder of what is and isn’t working, and will be a powerful reminder of just how far you’ve come!
Follow these easy steps to organize any space:
- Remove. Whether it is a cabinet, closet, or drawer, remove every single item and place it on the floor/counter. If you are organizing a pantry or space that has messy items (e.g. a craft closet), consider placing an old sheet down to protect the surface.
- Clean. Take the time to thoroughly clean the space.
- Categorize. Group “like items” together. This allows you to see if you have duplicates.
- Purge! Go through each category and get rid of duplicates, broken items, or items that you no longer love or use. Be sure to donate anything that is in good condition. Recycle all that you can, and toss the remaining items. Wondering where to donate? Be sure to check out our featured blog – Resources.
- Implement. This is where you add organizational systems, such as drawer dividers, matching hangers, bins, etc. Measure the space carefully before buying organizing products. Take the time to be thoughtful about the systems you put into place. Systems need to be functional, but also attractive. The more time and effort you put into organizing any space, the more likely you are to maintain it.
- Maintain. Whenever you have a newly organized space, it is important to be mindful of how you interact within the space from the start, as you are creating new habits. My rule of thumb is to interact mindfully for 66 days. Why 66 days? It takes anywhere from 18-256 days to create a new habit, with 66 days being the average. For the first few months, make sure to put items back in their place so that you establish a strong habit.
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Remember, when we commit to ‘less’ stuff, we have more time and freedom to enjoy what we have, and to do what we love, with those we love. Happy organizing!