A few days ago, I had to do some organizing for a friend of mine. I decided then to write about tips to organizing since it is a topic that has been on my draft since forever. So, without wasting much time, I'll just get down to business. Organizing can easily be achieved and I know you'd ask how? or say it's easy for me to say. True. The ability to organize can either come naturally to you or be acquired through training. Mine, I'll say is natural. I remember my aunts telling me stories of when I was just a baby and all I wanted to do while others played or ate was to "arrange the house". It's funny and I almost didn't believe it until I decided to start a business and interior designing came to mind. I don't need to say that interior designing and organizing are related, I guess we already surmised as much. LOL.
The steps to follow when you think of organizing is as listed below;
- Time: This is the single most important factor when it comes to organizing your stuff. We all wish we have more hours in the day to get stuff done, but it looks like 24 hours has come to stay. Here is an article I once wrote on time management. It's an in guiding you through the steps of saving your time
- To do list: These are extremely important. They help you allocate not just your time, but they help you plan and budget. It keeps you in check. There are 3 main types of to-do list; daily, project and long-term lists. The daily lists can be made more specific by allocating a time frame to each task, e.g grocery shopping: 9-11am, go to the salon: 11am - 12noon e.t.c. something that works with you. A number of things can be used to make to-do-lists, they range from your regular notebook (my favourite), to-do planners, calenders and phones. It is just like setting an alarm for your mum or dad or someone special's birthday. As each task is accomplished, you can tick them off or cross them out of the list.
- Space: Don't try to tackle everything at once, you'll get easily worn out. Take it one space at a time. You may decide to start with the bedrooms or the living areas and gradually work your way out. You may also decide to start from the most tasking space before moving to less cluttered ones. Take a minute and think about every organizing show on style network and see how much time is put into the job and also notice that they clean a space at a time. (Remember they work in teams and you are just you with probably little or no help.)
- Tools: To create and functionally operate an organized space, you have to have a place for every stuff you have. This means you either have to have great storage space or make what you have work. Baskets and floating cabinets are a great way to maximize storage. There should be no "junk trunk" if it can be avoided. However, over time, I've realized that almost everyone has a junk trunk or box. A junk trunk is a place where you keep stuff that are not large enough (usually in quantity) to have their own spaces. Things that when given their individual spaces may add to the clutter rather than reduce it.
- Recycle: When organizing, especially if it's a large space, get 3 big baskets or bins. Label one "keep", another "discard" and the last, either "sell" or "giveaway" or even "maybe". The "Keep" basket as the name implies should contain items you wish to continue using. (things that you NEED not things you WANT.) The giveaway and discard bins are as the name implies. Please don't giveaway stuffs that are in bad condition.
- It helps save time and money
- It reduces stress
- Helps you take charge of your life and increases your confidence
- Increases people's trust in you when they know you'll keep their stuff safe
Everyone needs to be organized to attain maximum effectiveness and efficiency in their lives, whether it's at home, in the office, even in your car. So start organizing....